July 4 2 Kings 15,16; Hosea 1; Hebrews 1
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Remove MY High Places | Kim Chipman
S~ The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 2 Kings 15:4 (NIV)
O~ Even before Israel crossed the Jordan into Canaan the Lord told Moses to instruct the Israelites to “ drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.” Numbers 33:52 (NIV) The warning? “those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live.” Numbers 33:55 (NIV)
A quick google search revealed that King Uzziah was the 11th king of Judah and he reigned for 52 years. So 10 kings before him, and 52 years in charge and the high places still remain. v3 says he did was was right in the eyes of the Lord…except for that one thing. High places were not harmless shrines. They enticed God’s people to sin there.
A~ What are MY high places? What is in my life that needs to be removed? That pulls me away from worshiping You alone? Comfort? Pride? Selfishness? Need to control? Lack of trust? Food? Laziness? Complacency? My thoughts…believing lies?
In ways it would be easier if there was just a pole to cut down or an altar to smash. Today, my temptations are just as enticing and even more subtle…and just as destructive to my relationship with You. Really all of it is a heart issue. Those are harder to smash, but crucially important to continually destroy.
P~ Lord, help me see what pulls my heart away from You. Anything. Help me identify and remove the high places in my heart and worship You alone. I love You!
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