When Asherah poles are left standing, it’s an invitation and an indication–sin is still present.
6 But they continued to sin, following the evil example of Jeroboam. They also allowed the Asherah pole in Samaria to remain standing. 2 Kings 13:6 NLT.
Sin is sometimes the dirty undershirt that smells beneath the clean cover-up. And sometimes it’s the filthy garment that is the obvious cloak for public display.
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT.
Guard this heart.
Now their false religion will devour them along with their wealth. Hosea 5:7b NLT
Lord, you mercifully closed doors I tried to push open. And when I found myself in the loneliest places, you sat with me and caught tears.
150 Lawless people are coming to attack me;
they live far from your instructions.
151 But you are near, O Lord,
and all your commands are true. Psalm 119:150-151 NLT
Your word sustains me, gets into my heart, transforms me.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT.
Where would I be without you?
I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6 NLT
Thank you for wanting a relationship with me, for showing me love, and letting me know you. Thank you for stopping me from pursuing destructive desires–that you love me enough to let me be lonely. I am so grateful for your work in my life.
169 O Lord, listen to my cry;
give me the discerning mind you promised. Psalm 119:169 NLT
One response to “2 Kings 13; 2 Timothy 3; Hosea 5,6; Psalm 119:145-176”
I like that part about the dirty undershirt…euuuw, but so true. Sin stinks and you just can’t hide it or run from it when you’re wearing it!