Saturday, February 26, 2011

Things we allow to estrange us from God

 You may remember that in January I attended a couple of conferences.  In clearing out a "stack of stuff" today, I found the notebook.  As I thumbed through the conference notebook, I came across one of the main session notes I took.  The speaker / preacher was Britt Merrick .  I am obviously paraphrasing but read some of his points from that day---- I pray you are encouraged and challenged.

  • We are valuable because we are loved by the Supreme One! 
  • In Ezekiel - we see idols estrange people from God....... we are estranged by much lesser things. 
  • Ask yourself- is He enough? 
  • Anywhere we find more joy than God it will estrange us.  
  • Christ is not a means to heaven but a treasure! 
I looked up the word estrange.  According to Webster's this verb means ....
  1.  to remove from customary environment or associations
  2.  to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection,  or                  friendliness

The Synonym for estrange is alienate.  

Wow, am I saddened to think of the ways I let crazy, silly, stupid things estrange me from experiencing the fullness of God's love and grace.  May I allow the things to never alienate from all God wants me to experience until I receive my "treasure".  I remind you the treasure for one who has trusted Christ is HEAVEN!


1 comment:

Lynda said...

I love that point you have that anywhere we find more joy than God, it will estrange us. That is powerful.