Misplaced Affections

This topic has been on my heart for some time now and every time I’m ready to write I come right back to it. This is something God had to deliver me from and I’m beginning to think it’s a topic He wants me to share. Possibly because it’s not discussed enough.

There are so many things in this world that are competing for our time, attention and affection. We’re in a constant battle of trying to evaluate where we’re focusing our hearts and minds. It’s so easy (too easy) to fall into idolatry.

Idols aren’t just gold statues of bulls and such. Idols can be also associated with things that are used for good. Did you know that the improper use of a blessing can also become an idol?

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Sometime we decide that certain things are a priority before we even ask God about it. Then we wonder why our success in certain areas is lacking. Our ideas of a fulfilled life can sometime become skewed because of all that is going on around us. This is why I believe that it’s so important to first cling onto our Father. He knows what’s best for us. He won’t lead us astray and the comfort or approval we’re seeking will be totally fulfilled when we appropriate our affections. Reserving our worship for Him, and Him alone.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” -Matthew 22:37

Martin Lindstrom is an author and speaker that did an experiment using an MRI. Lindstrom wanted to prove his theory that cellphones have become best friends to many people and discover the reasons why. During this experiment he noticed that when people saw or heard their phone ringing, their brains set off neurons in the areas that associated with feelings of love and compassion.

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“It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.” -Martin Lindstrom

I personally don’t want to make God displeased with me and let my affections be of no good value. It’s imperative that we remain in constant evaluation of things that slowly and deceitfully become distractions. If we don’t, we’ll consistently fall into the trap of idolatry. Sometime without even noticing it.

“Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.

Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.

And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.” -Judges 10:13-16

Ask yourself,

“Is there any areas in my life where I’ve placed something or someone above God?

God is most worthy of our affections.

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