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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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6 Responses to “Welcome!”

  1. Wayne Says:

    The journey continues to transform Kay and I and we realize that His Path for our lives is the right choice.
    Kay and Wayne

  2. Lisa Says:

    I am doing an Esther study…In it I have seen the Lord revealed, and not even a mention of the name God. Esther saw her purpose in speaking with the king. It meant Life or Death for the Jews… she trusted the Lord so much she said: “If I perish, I perish”.
    Beth taught it is the same with us: “If______, then God!” If what ever happens, even WORSE case scenario… then GOD!!! Our life is Him. Nothing else matters. Thanks for showing us in your illustration how intricately involved He is in all our lives.

  3. Rev. Billy E. Jacks Says:

    I must say, I haven’t read the book yet, but the chapter 4 on your web page and I am enthused beyond what I could ever be again. I have been part of the church for 48 years, and pastored for many years. 2 years ago, I had a very traumatic event in my life…the very structure denomination turned its back on me….essentially through me out…and I have been struggling to find solid ground again. I have found a church, another denomination, who welcomed me into the fellowship, offered me a position as one of 5 pastors and is on fire for the Lord….I believe from what I know right now…this could very well be the answer! Thank you!

  4. dave Says:

    hidden idols indeed. i have trouble with the visable idols let alone the hidden ones. good word

  5. John demetro Says:

    God Bless you bro.rick iam blessed to see that the book is out Glory To God i pray that a lot will be blessed and set free your in my prayers also keep me and your thank you God Bless you. John

  6. Paula White Says:

    Rick, Still being blessed beyond measure. Thank you! I love this question in my life: “Is this a good idea or a God idea” – this book should be on the Best Seller List! Well it sure is on mine! Love ya’ll. Paula

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