Are There “High Places” In Your Life That You Haven’t Let Go Of

by | Mar 18, 2018

2 Kings 15:3-4   And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; save that the high places were not removed:  the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

What high places do you still hold onto in your life?  Are there areas that you haven’t given over to God because you don’t want to see it as a big deal or you just can’t seem to let it go?  We so often want all of God’s blessing and favor on our lives, but there are parts of our lives that we aren’t willing to give to Him.

I was a part of a Ladies Bible study at my church years ago in Michigan and one of the ladies there had a great walk with God and loved the Lord but she liked to swear on occasion I think more for the “shock affect” and she also felt it was part of her “freedom in Christ”  Ok, first of all you are probably thinking “how could her walk be close to God if she was using bad language” because somehow ladies we tend to even categorize “little sins”; swearing is worse than gossip or a bold lie is worse than a white lie (if there is anything really white about a lie) being rude isn’t quite as bad as someone who can’t control their anger and the list goes on!  I am all about the freedom we have in Christ but we serve a HOLY GOD an ALMIGHTY GOD who hates sin and I mean all sin!  There is nothing small about the idea that His son gave His life for a lie or out of control anger or gossip and because of all of that He deserves our best all the time!

So, back to the question:  is there something you know you are saying or doing that you know you shouldn’t OR is there something you know God has told you that you need to do and you aren’t doing it? (James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.)  What “high places” haven’t you removed from your life?  In this kings case God gave him leprosy.  I am sure the king didn’t attribute his leprosy to the fact that he didn’t remove the high places but I don’t think it is a coincidence that verse 5 of this chapter says “and the Lord smote the king so that he was a leper unto the day of his death”.

Your “high place” may be something you just can’t seem to trust God with.  I am not sure why we think that someone or something in our lives could possibly be “safer” in our hands instead of God’s, but we somehow seem to buy satan’s lies there.  What are you trying to “protect” from God and why?  Why do we think that the minute we give those we love to Him that He will take them and seriously how do we think our not giving our hearts over to trusting Him with those we love will keep us from losing them?  Once again, we are buying the lies!  The safest place anyone can be is in the hand of God.  Trust me I have to fight all of these same frustrations and lies, it just seems crazy to me that we all still struggle with that age old lie that Adam and Eve fought with that somehow God is keeping something good from us if we trust Him with it!  That’s just simply not true!

Ask God today if there is anything you are holding onto or not doing that He would like to show you and then take care of it.  Maybe you aren’t setting a standard in your family because it may upset your children.  Don’t hang onto a “high place” in your life and miss out on the blessing of God like this king did all because he was willing to follow God but only to a certain point and then it would get uncomfortable.  Serve Him with your whole heart, mind and soul, don’t hold anything back.  Love Him like you have never loved before and show Him that love by holding nothing back from Him in your life.

Quote:   “Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility.  In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.”  Michael Korda

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