Cast Up A Highway



Smeagol Greed

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 8:40 AM

“Free!” The magic word, aye? I’d been wanting a new refrigerator, and on garage sale day there stood this pretty refrigerator with a “FREE” sign on it. Greed kicked in. I must have it! Quick before anyone else gets it! We scrambled to bring it across the drive to our patio. We got a new refrigerator! Yea! Thanks God!

In the back hidden down in my spirit was this niggling critter laughing at me. Uncomfortableness. Did I ask God about it? Or did I let a spirit of greed take over? I ask myself these questions now after we had a difficult time getting the new refrigerator in through our doors and the old one out.

Then the handles are on the opposite sides of the doors. (Haven’t had time to switch them) So every time I go to get in the frig, I find myself grabbing for a handle that’s not there. Oh yeah, the other side. It’s habit displaying itself in plain view, and it reminds me of my reaction to the “free” sign.

What other habits keep me coming up empty? What happens when I disobey God? I see something I want. . . did I go to God and ask if it’s good for me? No I acted according to the world. What if I am under attack of the enemy? Do I take it to God or try and figure it out on my own? I’ve still got a ways to go. It is difficult to break worldly habits, some more than others.

What does God say about habits? Some are good like~ the women who followed Jesus were in the habit of ministering to Him:

Mark 15:40-42Amplified Bible (AMP)

40 Now some women were there also, looking on from a distance,

among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome,

41 Who, when [Jesus] was in Galilee, were in the habit of

accompanying and ministering to Him;

Do I follow Jesus and focus on ministering to Him often praising Him

for His mighty love in saving me? Thank You Jesus!

This beautiful picture by Del Parson depicts Jesus habit of taking everything to Father God. Is that my habit?

Luke 22:39 (AMP)

39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives,

and the disciples also followed Him.

Jesus paid the ransom for our freedom from satan’s clutches:

1Cor 7:23-24

All of you, slave and free both, were once held hostage in a sinful society. Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom.

So please don’t, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. Friends,

stay where you were called to be. God is there.

Hold the high ground with him at your side.

Jesus is always with me, so with His help I can form new habits and do anything He calls me to do.The root of sinful self interest is in us all:

Galatians 5:18-21(MSG)

My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit.

Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.

For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit,

just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness.

These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day.

Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and

so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

I thought I was pretty well along this right path in eliminating the root of self interest, until this attack of demon greed showed up. Thinking back I see myself leaving the appliance there and doing preliminary work to bring it to our patio~ find a two wheeler etc. And if it were still there, get it.

The reality was this round eyed little Gollum creature putting my arms around the appliance. . . “my precious”. LOL!

How ridiculous! If God wanted me to have it, He would have saved it for me and made all things easy. I did not have to fear someone else would get it.

I’m sorry Lord, I did not come to You first. instead of just thanking you for blessing me with a new refrigerator, I let the ways of the world control the situation; I missed a real blessing there. I repent.

When was the last time you acted out of habit in the world’s ways? Did you recognize it?

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.