August 30, 2010, "Pursuing God? Or pursuing the benefits of God?
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." ~ Hebrews 12:1 & 2 ~ Pursing God? Or pursuing the benefits of God? I was guilty of the second; pursuing the benefits of God. I focused on being holy. I focused on the blessings. I focused on the fruit of the Spirit. I focused on the provision of God. I focused on the healing of God. I focused on the miracles of God. I focused on the Kingdom of God. I focused on resisting the devil. You name it, and I claimed it. Yet, I realized even in this small focus blunder, it is ALL idolatry. What?!?! Yes, I said it, and I am guilty of it, 'Idolatry'. This may seem a bit hars