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January 1, 2009

rick0012Simple vs. Sinister

 

With my business-owner background, I still occasionally dabble in the business world. So strange as this may sound, I actually felt led by the Lord to do some personal trading in the stock market the week of Oct. 6, 2008. As we now know, that was one of the worst weeks in the history of the market. In the middle of the pain, I had to remind myself that loss can bring gain. During some really gut-wrenching times, I would tell the Lord my number one goal was to have a pure heart toward Him – not greed, but to just do what He said. Amazingly, I started getting direction on almost a daily basis and began to make some brilliant moves. I kept going over a period of several months with the thought of turning my losses into a small gain. Then something changed: I stopped hearing the Lord’s voice in my heart, so I had no direction as to what to do.

 

What had happened? One morning during my intimate time with the Lord, He shared with me that my number one goal was no longer to have a pure heart toward Him. Instead, I now approached each day with my personal agenda of turning loss into gain. That’s why I was having trouble hearing His voice. Then I got the scripture, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34). Jesus’ food, the thing that kept Him alive and was His reason for living, was to hear and do the will of His Father Who sent Him. I thought, “That’s really simple – have faith that what you’re doing is the will of the Father and ask Jesus to help you carry it out, and you will be blessed.”

 

I then read Isaiah 46:11, which says, “What I have said, that I will bring about, what I have planned, that I will do.” God plans it, speaks it, and it happens every time. So if my food is to hear God’s will and do it, what I do will be blessed. The next scripture drove this point home, it said out of the Amplified Bible, “Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and) so shall your plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3). WOW! VERY SIMPLE! But…what about sinister?

 

Sinister is this – when what I believe is God’s will isn’t! This is where hidden idols come in. An idol is a false god, something that appears to be God and good, but isn’t. To varying degrees, I believe all humans are controlled by hidden idols, and this explains why sometimes the good things we believe we are doing for God don’t work out (not all the time, sometimes obeying God will not be a fun, profitable, or an easy thing to do). But remember, we’re talking about sinister times, when what we’re doing for God should work out and doesn’t. This “hidden idol” concept creates the ultimate deception for sincere Christians, a good intention. And how horrible and sinister is that when I genuinely believe I am carrying out God’s will, and it really isn’t. Our home group has coined a term to check out ideas before things get ugly. We ask, “Is this a good idea, or a God idea?”

 

That’s why the cry of my heart is for the Lord to search me – to expose the hidden idols in me that are generating a lot of good ideas that in the end produce folly instead of fruit. Dealing with hidden idols is a process, and is discussed in-depth in Chapters 8 and 9 in The Lost Secret. My hope is that the insights I gained during my long process of dealing with hidden idols and good intentions can make yours a lot shorter. That’s it for today, and I pray this has provided some insight for you.

 

Rick Suarez

 

 

 

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