“It will be an instant end to all their life of ease; a blink of the eye and they’re swept away by sudden calamity! They’re all nothing more than momentary monarchs”Psalms 73:19 TPT
When we trust in ourselves or things this world has to offer – money, ‘love’, a perfect public persona, we create idols. We look to ourselves as a source of sustenance. We deny Christ’s existence and His transformative power. We create satisfaction but build it on temporary things, things that are bound to fail us. As you’ve probably understood already, I found this with placing all my trust and validation in other people. But I also found it in placing my definitions, my yardstick of ‘success’ in carnal things – in my academics, in my level of productivity (which was always according to outcomes and not necessarily the process), in myself. I never allowed God to define ‘success’ to me.
I never gave him room to take control.
Last night the song, ‘Make Room’ rang through in my dreams. I had listened to it earlier on in the day and it clearly had a huge impact on my psyche. The words floated around my mind subconsciously, reminding me that my life is not my own, and truly has no meaning until I make room for Him: the author and finisher of my faith, my maker, my lover.
Anything taking up the space that should be reserved for Him ie. my whole heart – is an idol. It is a foreign god I have placed before him. It is a monarch that I glorify not recognising how detrimental this could be because its reign in my life will always be momentary. The power it has will always be limited.
- This is why ‘positive words’ which aren’t spirit-filled or rooted in the Word (which will last forever -Matt 24:35) eventually fade.
- This is why an adoration for any celebrity will always be a phase and fizzle out.
- This is why a reliance on my intellect for tackling any aspect of my academic career will fail at some point because my knowledge is exhaustible.
- This is why I cannot satisfy myself, it’s unnatural, it’s not what God designed
He made it so He is our pleasure. He is the only one who can save and bring healing, comfort, clarity, success. And yes, he does reside in us:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?1 Corinthians 6:19
But this is not a thing of pride. It’s an absolute honour for God to look at me and want to place His spirit, the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead in me. Me? Wow, I know me and I know I’m not worthy. But he calls me worthy which is why I am sure my life is not my own. I belong to Him. And as His seed, as His daughter, as His child – all He requires from me is pure trust, a trust that puts Him first above any other thing and seeks His face, His will, His purpose above my idea of what’s “perfect.”
Only He can supply.
Anything else that appears to satisfy me, is a facade. Because it will come to an ‘instant end’, it will fade but my God lives forever. He is the same today, yesterday and forevermore. He is the one true God in whom my trust is secure.
A solid foundation. An immovable pillar of peace. The best friend I could ever ask for. A loving, gracious Father. A convicting, comforting Spirit. An incredibly thoughtful lover. My everything. My #1.
So, I’m choosing to become xenophobic to these foreign gods, to put them away (1 Samuel 7:3) and never glorify anything – including myself – above the God I serve. Only he deserves all the glory, today and forevermore.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”Exodus 20:3
As previously mentioned, I believe every single thought, dream, vision (especially when reiterated/repeated) has a reason. And when I say that I mean a specific, way-too-good-to-be-true, excessively detailed to the t – reason. Because that’s the kind of God we serve. The #OG Creator who puts everything in place and is always perfect in His timing and messages he send to us through His Holy Spirit.
So I’m going to heed to this Word I’ve received and share it with you on this platform because this song is the perfect reminder as to the importance of us denying ourselves and placing God first. Giving him priority in our hearts is the most pure offering we can give and gives Him the space to move, transforming us from the inside out and affecting the lives around us.
I pray you’re blessed as you listen and perhaps take the time to reflect on what’s been an idol, a monarch in your life taking up room (momentarily) in your heart? I pray you find clarity as you do and God lovingly shows you how you can let go of those things and make room for Him.
Peace & Love (always),