It Burns



itburns Many of us are hunting mice - while lions devour the land.
- Leonard Ravenhill

Last night I got angry…ticked off…spitting mad.

The enemy of our soul is unashamed about wrecking havoc in our lives…he lies, he steals and is pumped about destroying anything precious to the Father.

Why do we (the Church) seem so accepting of this? Why do we believe the lies and allow the theft of our heart? When did sin management become the replacement for repentance? What has led us to believe we can sin as we please because we “know” God will forgive us?

Could it be that in our desire to be happy we have lost our
longing to be Holy?

I’m also mad for the times this “theology” has infiltrated my heart and left passionless for His. The idols of comfort, pleasure, and safety, often crowd out the life that He came to give. My only response is a broken hearted one. And believe me, it burns. I must pray this through…a prayer that calls fire down and consumes the idols of my heart.

Tim Keller says this about idolatry.

“Idolatry is not just a failure to obey God; it is a setting of the whole heart on something besides God.”

There are lions devouring the land, I’m tired of hunting mice, I’m going after the big game.

“Who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens." Hebrews 11:33,34


floyd said…
Awesome and convicting words, Jay. We need this attitude to take back a land and people that God has blessed... and it starts with me. I too want to hunt the big game in life... Our Father will deliver what's His.
Jay Cookingham said…
I knew you had big game hunterness in ya! Thanks Bro'!
Bill (cycleguy) said…
i sometimes find my self getting complacent and then my world is rocked by God in some way. Then I realize how passionless I have become. I know I need His Holy Fire. Well said my friend.
Jay Cookingham said…
May the Father start a raging fire inside us all bro'! Thanks Bill!
TCAvey said…
I understand your anger and frustration...I feel it to. Both in regards to the church and my own walk with Christ.

This is a profound question you asked, "When did sin management become the replacement for repentance?"
I pray more Children of God would ask this of themselves. It should move us closer to God if we really ask ourselves this from His perspective on sin.
Jay Cookingham said…
Amen to that TC! We need (I need) my heart broken for the things that break His heart.
jasonS said…
Amen and amen, Jay. We have every spiritual blessing and we have been equipped by grace for good works. No excuses! I want the fire of His passion too. Very stirring! Thank you.
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Jason....there was more behind the story of course but I was so convicted after getting so mad at a situation. I need His fire to burn away so much!

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