“There is within the human heart a tough, fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, alwayd to possess. It covets things with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns my and mine look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.”
Take notice of the words from a brilliant man named A.W. Tozer. He knew what was up and wasn’t afraid to confront it. In the beginning, God had created things for our enjoyment and sustenance. However, with the fall of man those things now like to creep up and take the place of God. It’s a good reminder for myself to take a look at the things that are inching their way into my heart, vying for that throne that should only belong to the Lord. But inch by inch something is scooting God out of His position. And the Lord won’t stop it. He won’t refuse to move, though sometimes I wish He did. It’s like in musical chairs when the music stops and two people rush towards the same chair and one person shoves the other out of it. Yet the Lord does no shoving. If we allow something to take His place He’ll allow it. Yes, He nudges us and reminds us and gently leads us back but those things are a lot easier to miss than things that come with force.
Lord I want you to be center in my heart and seated on the throne. I don’t even want a close second! Help me to sense the shifting in my spirit when I allow things to creep in and slowly take over. Help me not to put up a fight either. I ask for the ability to recognize and make the necessary changes immediately.