Read the Writing Before it Hits the Wall! - August 19th
25 And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This is the interpretation of each word. Mene: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 Tekel: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 Peres: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
The King Belshazzar was afraid. The hand with fingers appeared out of nowhere in the midst of a party where he defiantly mocked the God of Israel and celebrated the false gods of Babylon. We can all easily look at this and think, "Silly king worshiping idols." But friend, we know in the word that coveting leads to idolatry (See Ephesians 5:5). Is there anything that we put before the Lord? Is He first in your time, talent, treasure, and circumstances? If not, what is first? No matter how good it may be or noble that thing is, if it is before the Lord it is an idol. Perhaps the Lord has revealed something to you that you have allowed to slip in front of Him in your life. Are you reading His writing from His word before He issues His corrective and loving judgment against that idol? The Lord loves us so much that He graciously many times allows us to judge ourselves in light of His truth before bringing a corrective hand into our lives.
1 Cor 11:31-32
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
Life Lesson: Beware of the corrosion, corruption, and compromise that comes from covetousness.
Thank you for revealing Your righteous judgments and Truths to me from Your Word. Please forgive me when I prioritize my time, talent, and treasure towards something else instead of You first. Please give me the grace and the ability to be Your disciple that I may allow Your Spirit to direct me and to be disciplined to walk in Your Truths continually. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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