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Altar of Freedom

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” – Jesus (Matthew 6:19-21, NLT)

Wasn’t Glenn Graves such an inspiration this past Sunday at SoHills? His story has most certainly been a blessing and a challenge for me personally. If you weren’t able to be here, I would encourage you to check out his testimony about the freedom found in giving generously by clicking here.  

It is amazing to me how quickly and quietly idols can slither their way into the fabric of our lives, without us even being aware.

I know for me, my house had become such an idol. 

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There is nothing wrong with having a nice home, car, yard, etc.  The issue comes when those things become an object of our worship, or as Jesus said, “our masters.”

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  (Matthew 6:24, NLT)

I’ve realized the past few weeks that I needed to lay my house on the altar of God’s grace and mercy.  It was time to put my worship back into proper alignment.  My home had subtly crept in and was becoming my master.

Thank you Holy Spirit for your gentle whispers of conviction.  Thank you Glenn for being a brother in Christ and speaking truth into my life.  Thank you Father for giving me your Living Word to help convict, guide, and restore.  Thank you Jesus for your grace and mercy!

So what does this mean for the Lovelady family?  It simply means we are earnestly seeking God’s guidance and His will in this specific area of our life.  We have laid our home on His altar and we are seeking His understanding on our next steps.  Thankfully, by His grace, I continue to learn, as the old hymn says, that “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

That’s what the Holy Spirit has been revealing to me.  What is it for you?

What are the “things of earth” in your life that are blinding you to the presence of the Lord? I’m sure it is different for you than it is for me, but whatever it may be, are you willing to place it on the altar?  Are you willing to do whatever it takes to truly experience the Father’s presence? What are some practical steps you can take this week, this month, this year to put those idols in their proper place and put God back on the throne?  

Make no mistake, the altar can be an excruciatingly painful place, but at the altar of His grace, there is no greater freedom!

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” (NLT)

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I am the Lead Pastor at Southern Hills Christian Church. I strive everyday to kill the old me and live by the Spirit. I enjoy spending time with my family...especially my amazing wife Natasha.

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  1. Jill Colwell says

    These verses in the Bible (Matthew 6:19-21) became very clear to me after my mom passed away. I remember standing at her graveside several days later, and peering at the grave sites around her. There were wealthy people buried close to her, poor people buried close to her, and then middle class people, like her, who were buried close by. At that point, I realized that these stored up treasures on earth are useless. Once you have passed this life on earth, it is a level playing field as far as stored up treasures and money. It is not important how much money you had, what material possessions you owned, doesn’t matter that your obituary might have covered the entire front page of the AJC; what matters is if we lived righteously and continually sought the Kingdom of God.

    With that being said, I would have to say that the actual money itself is my idol. I like money and I like my savings accounts. I struggle with that “fine line” between being a responsible steward of my life and making sure I have coverage for my “later” years, vs handing it over to God and letting him take care of it. I know there is a balance there somewhere but I have failed to find it. I pray about this daily and will continue to do so.

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