July 19 Devotional

We human beings have had a very bad habit for a very long time.  Even though we have been given the incredible privilege to know God personally, we continually try to take His place; or we continue to replace God with our idols/gods.  When I was a teenager, someone described it this way to me: your heart has a throne on it … God was the only One Who has the right to sit on that throne … but God gives you the choice as to who/what will occupy that throne.  That made sense to me then, and it continues to make sense today.


Each of us has one life.  Each of us has one throne on our heart.  Each of us is in a battle for control of our heart every minute of every hour of every day.  The question remains the same as when I was a teenager … Who will I place on that throne today?  Isaiah gave some very clear words of challenge for us: “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11).  Isaiah leaves no room for misunderstanding.  The thing that de-thrones God on the throne of our heart is our own “lofty looks” and “haughtiness.”  You see, one of the worst enemies of God totally controlling our lives, is our own pride and haughtiness.


You see, the largest enemy you have today is found very close to the heart.  It is your own desire to replace God on that throne.  The more clearly we see that enemy, the greater chance we have of removing it from the throne of our heart, and allowing God to be exalted.  Mark it down; God is going to be exalted, whether you do it in your own heart or not.  “In that day” God is going to be the One that we all will bow down to and humble ourselves before.   I want to do it today.  I want to exalt God in my own heart and life today.


If you read this entire chapter, you will notice that Isaiah thought this was important enough to repeat it again.  “And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low; and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:17).  Do not be fooled by the loud opposition of the world; there will be a day when all the loftiness and haughtiness of men will be absolutely humbled as God is exalted.  Lift His name high today.  If you have replaced God on the throne of your heart, get off the throne, and give God His rightful place today.


… Every knee shall bow … every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” – Philippians 2:10-11

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