Write What You Know: Well I Know My Redeemer Lives!

What do I know? As a writer I have come across this statement many times over the years. And yet I still don’t think I know.

Write what you know. As if it were that easy, right? You might THINK you know only to sit down, pen in hand, or hands over the keyboard and you draw a blank.

So I took the time to list the things I know. Like, truly know. I will work from there.

I know Jesus and He calls me Friend

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:13-15

I also know mental illness and Jesus is my Prince of Peace

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I know forgiveness…and that I’m not worthy

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9

I know kindness and that it goes a long way

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience Colossians 3:12

I know redemption…and Christ took my place

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7

I know who my Redeemer is and that He is able!

 know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25

Commandment # 2: “No Idols”

20 And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

“No Idols”

“We must not let physical things cloud our understanding and worship of the Creator God.”

Mike Bennett, https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/10-commandments/idolatry-second-commandment/

Getting distracted is so easy. Just hand me my phone and instantly I’m on Facebook or Instagram….before I know it, a vast amount of time has flown by and I am left wondering how. Surely I wasn’t distracted THAT long, right?

Lately distraction has been keeping me from turning to Jesus. I get so caught up in technology that I forget what’s really important. I have made an idol and placed it in front of Jesus. I’ve bumped Jesus to number 2, or 3 or even 4 instead of #1 in my life.

It’s time to check in with Jesus. It’s time to push all the other things away. They don’t matter. Jesus matters. He’s all we need and yet we forget that. We allow the material things to take His place in our hearts and in our lives.

The Lord is to be #1 in our lives and anything that takes that place is an idol and should be dealt with immediately. (it sounds harsh but it’s true!) And I don’t want you to think I’m not including myself in this post because I definitely am.

What am I idolizing more than God? Is it my phone? My laptop? My blog? Is it social media? Books? (even Christian books?) Am I greedy? Do I want what others have? Do I have to have the newest phone, the hottest new gadget?

Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Colossians 3:5b

Am I focusing more on how to attract viewers to my blog rather than the Lord? Because even though this blog talks of my faith, my struggles, ect….if all I care about is how many views I get, or how many comments I get, isn’t that making it an idol?

No matter what it is….if I’m focusing more on those things rather than the Lord….it. is. an. idol!

Idolatry is often connected with coveting–the desire to have more of the things the rich and famous have.

Mike Bennett, https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/10-commandments/idolatry-second-commandment/

I encourage y’all to read “gods at war” by Kyle Idleman. He definitely hits home with his views on idols.

In gods at war, Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of not a fan, helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else.  While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols.  Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.

By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives.  What do you sacrifice for?  What makes you mad?  What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for?  We’re all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire.

According to Idleman, idolatry isn’t an issue―it is THE issue.

“God does not want to be worshipped as pagan gods were….We are to worship God in spirit and truth…..” Mike Bennett https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/10-commandments/idolatry-second-commandment/

Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them

Jonah 2:8

It’s time to check our priorities at the door and rely on the One who gave us life!