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Cape Cod Sacred Assembly preparation, Day 19
 

 "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and
pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land" 2 Chron
7:14

Day 19 - Idolatry

"Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations
that the house of Israel commits here, to drive Me away from My
sanctuary" (Ezekiel 8:4)

Judah's temple leaders were actually worshipping the sun god inside
God's temple! The Lord turned away from them because of their idolatry
and said He would not hear them. God withdrew His glory first from the
temple and then from the city. He held the people of God responsible
for His presence withdrawing from the city.

Idolatry always causes the Lord's presence to withdraw. In Ezekiel
8-11, God's presence left the temple because of the leaders' idolatry.
This isn't an example of a lack of God's presence, but rather God
deliberately choosing to withdraw because of their idolatry!

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 6:16-17, "And what agreement has the temple
of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God...Therefore
'come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Do not
touch what is unclean. And I will receive you.'"

Prayer Points:

Jesus, I repent for all forms of idolatry in my life: I repent for
materialism, love of money, desire for honor, and the lusts of the
flesh. Father, please identify and root out every other form of
worship in my life!

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These devotionals are written by Rhonda Hughey. Here is a quote from
her book "Desperate for His Presence", published by Bethany House
Publishers:

"The pursuit of God's Presence is not a means to an end. It is the
end! What we are talking about is not a formula for how to be more
effective in ministry. It is the core of our existence and the purpose
of our life. We exist to know Him, to worship Him, and to reflect His
beauty to the world around us!
God is waiting and longing for us to experience an awareness of His
Presence. Knowing His Presence in theory but not in experience is not
biblical faith. It is religion only. We have the privilege as
believers to know and experience the tangible Presence of God.
In "The Pursuit of God", A.W.Tozer makes a contrast between being in
the Presence of God positionally and experiencing His Presence
actually. He goes on to say that, as a result of settling for the
positional Presence of God only, contentment takes the place of
burning hearts and fervent zeal for the Lord. 'The church then settles
for only an intellectual knowledge of God and remains unconcerned
about the absence of personal experience' "


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