“Quiet your hearts before Me….”
Lately paying more attention to things I’ve been observing or even aligning myself with in any way, and the “fresh” or “rotten” fruit these things produce. These hard/dry or rich/fertile soils also seem to determine whether or not the Holy Spirit chooses to flow freely or stay out of a situation. I sense the LORD really working to turn all eyes and hearts to HIMSELF ALONE…. ABBA please help…. Have YOUR WAY…
King Solomon DEFIANTLY LOVED foreign women – from those WHOM THE LORD SAID, “You SHALL NOT associate with them, NOR shall they associate with you, for the result WILL BE that they WILL TURN AWAY YOUR HEARTS to follow their gods.” Yet Solomon CLUNG TO THOSE IN LOVE…. and they TURNED HIS HEART AWAY FROM GOD. They TURNED HIS HEART AWAY AFTER OTHER GODS, and HIS HEART WAS NOT COMPLETELY DEVOTED TO THE LORD HIS GOD, as was the heart of his father David.
Then Solomon BUILT A HIGH PLACE for WORSHIPING Chemosh the horror (SUBDUER – CUT OFF – AS IF DEPARTING/FLEEING) – detestable idol of Moab (WASTE – NOTHINGNESS)… and for Molech the horror (KING – GOVERNING) – detestable idol of the sons of Ammon (PEOPLE OF STRENGTH)….
So the LORD became ANGRY with Solomon BECAUSE HIS HEART WAS TURNED AWAY FROM THE LORD the God of Israel WHO HAD APPEARED TO HIM twice, and HAD COMMANDED HIM CONCERNING THIS THING, that HE SHOULD NOT FOLLOW OTHER GODS, but HE DID NOT OBSERVE (REMEMBER, OBEY) what THE LORD HAD COMMANDED.
Therefore THE LORD said to Solomon, “BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE THIS and HAVE NOT KEPT MY COVENANT and MY STATUTES, which I HAVE COMMANDED YOU, I will certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.” (I Kings 11:1-10)
Jesus replied to them, “YOU HYPOCRITES (PLAY-ACTORS, PRETENDERS), rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said, ‘This people HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, but THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. But IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, for they teach as doctrines THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.‘”…. Then the disciples came and said to Jesus, “Do You know that THE PHARISEES WERE OFFENDED WHEN THEY HEARD YOU SAY THIS?” Jesus answered, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant will be torn up by the roots. Leave them alone; they are BLIND GUIDES [LEADING BLIND FOLLOWERS]. If a blind man leads a blind man, BOTH WILL FALL INTO A PIT.” (Matthew 5:7-9,12-14)
THE MIGHTY ONE, GOD, THE LORD, HAS SPOKEN, and summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting [from east to west]. OUT OF ZION, the perfection of beauty, GOD HAS SHOWN FORTH. MAY OUR GOD COME AND NOT KEEP SILENT; FIRE DEVOURS BEFORE HIM, and AROUND HIM A MIGHTY TEMPEST RAGES. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, TO JUDGE HIS PEOPLE: “GATHER MY GODLY ONES TO ME, those WHO HAVE MADE A COVENANT WITH ME BY SACRIFICE.” And the heavens DECLARE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR GOD HIMSELF IS JUDGE…. But TO THE WICKED God says: “WHAT RIGHT HAVE YOU TO RECITE MY STATUTES OR TO TAKE MY COVENANT ON YOUR LIPS? For YOU HATE INSTRUCTION AND DISCIPLINE and CAST MY WORDS BEHIND YOU [DISCARDING THEM]…. You give your mouth to evil… You sit and speak against your brother…. You thought that I was just like you…. Now consider this, YOU WHO FORGET GOD, or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be NO ONE TO RESCUE [YOU]. He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me; and TO HIM WHO ORDERS HIS WAY RIGHTLY [WHO FOLLOWS THE WAY THAT I SHOW HIM], I shall show THE SALVATION OF GOD.” (Psalm 50:1-6,16-23)