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The following entry comes from today!  It is taken from two different passages (Deuteronomy 13: 12-17 CEV & Psalms 115:1-8 ESV), relating to the same thing: Idols.

For the sake of space, I’m only going to quote Psalm 115: 1-8, so please go back and read the other verses for clarity if you need to!

(Here is a link to the online source I use to read / listen to the Bible:


As a brief overview… in Deuteronomy Moses was talking to the people, advising them that if any choose to go astray and worship other “gods,” that they are to be stoned to death, regardless of who they are.  Picking up in the Psalms:

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”

3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.

6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.

7 They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.

8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.

Ok, so what I’m getting here is that God despises all idols, and the people who ascribe to them.  They are despicable to Him, which makes you want to go, “Duh!” Right?! But, for some reason I’m seeing something new in these verses about idols, which I never saw before.

Let me explain, I’ve always understood “idols” to mean, “Anything in my life that takes me away from God… Anything that I spend more time with than God… Anything that takes precedence over God or His word in my life.”  Merriam Webster defines idol, as an “object of devotion.

In which case, I stand guilty of serving many idols- whether they be school, entertainment, children, friends, etc. the list can go on and on.  I have asked God to forgive me of this, and especially of my so-called, “innocent” addictions, such as facebook, Words with Friends, and even reading…you get the point.

WOW! But how true is His word when it says in verse 8: “Those who make them [idols] become like them; so do all who trust in them.”

Imagine that!  The idolator becomes “like an idol,” and in effect, becomes “idle.”  According to MW again: IdleInactive; spend time doing nothing; worthless; lazy.

Essentially, we / they (whoever you so choose to identify with), become unmoving … immovable.

That’s GOOD Somebody!

Have you ever felt like you had hands, yet you could not feel? Eyes, but you weren’t able to “see” what was right in front of you… the bigger picture?  Ears, but unable to hear that still, small voice of God in your life?  Feet that seem resolute to remain planted?  Or, a voice that no matter what, would NEVER be heard?

Good News:

In Christ, we are given: Purpose.  We are given a Mission.  We are given a Voice.  However, when we stop pursuing Him – our first love, that is – we move farther away from Him… we become, in essence, LESS real.

We become planted in the familiar, in the comfortable, in the seemingly “fun” world around us.  But, we are reminded in Hebrews 11: 25 that “sin is only fun for a season.”

So, while we are having “fun” ignoring God, the enemy is slowly tying our hands behind our backs, gently placing shackles on our feet, quietly setting a muzzle across our mouths, and discreetly putting a blindfold over our eyes.  Whispering the whole time, his cunning lies into our unguarded ears.

Eventually, we become so sedentary, we are as useless as a man-made idol (of wood, if you please).  We lose our purpose – our friendship with our one, true friend – our relationship with our beloved creator, Abba Father.

Just think about it a minute… how upset or hurt do we get when our loved ones, especially our “better halves,” choose NOT to pursue us… when they choose other things, activities, friends, or even work over us – we feel like, “Second Best.”

What is taking FIRST place in Your life?

Is God’s heart aching over your lack of perseverance in pursing Him?

Yes, sometimes (Oh, heck… MOST of the time, if I’m honest) it can be a struggle to FIND time (as if it’s lost…. another topic for another day… lol) to read His Word & Sometimes we read it, at least I do, so fast we get no meaning out of it at all – just the satisfaction of checking that little box off in our daily reading plan for that day.

How do you feel when your significant other is too busy to spend time with you or finds it too tiresome to connect with you in meaningful ways?  How hurtful is it when they just go through the motions with you…trying to appease you with a substitute of themselves? (You know… when their body is present, but they are quite far away)  Go ahead … Think about it.

We are made in the Image of Almighty God.

So, if you had to be honest … are you hurting God’s heart?  Are you forcing Him to literally BEG for your attention / affection today… or are you giving Him your best?!

Sadly, I’ve been in that first category too many times to count!  But, by God’s grace and compassion, He did seek me out and begged for my attention – When I finally {reluctantly, even} gave it all to Him – He made me ALIVE, AWAKE, and REAL again!


I’m ALIVE today… how about You?

*Original Spanish inspiration:

SALMO 115: 1-8 (TLA):

1Tú mereces alabanzas, Dios nuestro, y no nosotros; tú mereces alabanzas por tu amor y tu fidelidad.

2 Las otras naciones preguntan en son de burla: «¿Qué pasó con su Dios?»

3 Pero tú estás en el cielo, y haces todo lo que quieres!

4 Los ídolos de esas naciones son objetos de oro y plata; ¡son hechura humana!

5 ¿Y qué es lo que tienen? Una boca que no habla, y ojos que no ven;

6 orejas que no oyen, y narices que no huelen;

7 manos que no tocan, y pies que no andan; garganta tienen, ¡pero no emiten ningún sonido!

8 Iguales a esos ídolos son quienes los hacen y quienes confían en ellos.

… would you RISK it all? …

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Here is an entry from September 13, 2012, which showed me that sometimes, even our gifts must be fought for!

*Spanish Version from TLA can be found at the bottom!

Deuteronomy 1:8 (The Message Translation):

Look, I’ve given you this land. Now go in and take it. It’s the land God promised to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their children after them.

It’s amazing to me how many verses I have read so many times and just skimmed the surface of the treasure that was hidden within!  Reading this verse really woke me up this time around!

*Now, I don’t do this every time, but I think it’s important to translate this passage word-for-word, so that you can see what I was seeing… so, here is my word-for-word, type translation from the Spanish version:

“Go in and Conquer this territory, since I promised Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob that I would give it to them.  I also promised that I would give it to you since you are their descendents.”

Ok, so get this… Sometimes, God has given us something in advance that we still have to claim.  What?! You mean, not everything God has chosen to give to me will be delivered to my front porch with a Big Satin Bow placed neatly on top?!?!


So, God gave the Israelites this land… the Promised Land … flowing with milk and honey, as it were. Yet, in order for them to actually possess it, they had to literally, NOT metaphorically… FIGHT for it!

They had to want it…they had to want it real bad…they had to NEED it.

You see, God had originally promised it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, along with their descendents after them.  However, the 1st generation wasn’t willing to risk anything to acquire what God had ordained for them to posses.  They were pretty cozy; they liked being spoon fed.  In other words, if God didn’t have it sitting on a platter with a cherry on top, they weren’t getting outa bed for it.
*So, I asked myself… Do I want to be like that? or am I willing to take a risk?*

Don’t get me wrong, the Israelites had at least a little reason to be afraid. I’m not condemning them for their lack of faith, b/c I might have been right there with them.

Humor me, and Imagine being an Israelite, just for a sec:

This guy named Moses leads you and a group of countless others out of Egypt where you were once enslaved.  That’s pretty AWESOME!  You don’t really know much about the guy, except that he believes he’s being led by God.  Well, he did help to free you, so you should probably follow him to this so-called, Promised Land, everyone is talking about… besides, where else are ya gonna go?

So, you start out on this trek through the desert, and it starts to get a little uncomfortable.  So, you do what comes natural to someone following the crowd  and not really on this journey b/c of your faith in God or b/c you personally believe Moses… You COMPLAIN… You QUESTION…You DOUBT…

…is this really what our God had planned for us? Really?! Shoot, at least as a slave, we could expect some consistency! (After all, who really wants adventure anyway?!)

This whole time they just keep feeding you this line about the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey, yadah, yadah, yadah… but you’re thinking it sounds a little too good to be true!  “What’s the catch?” (you want to know)

Well, upon arriving, it isn’t too hard to see the fine print…there are people ALREADY living there! There are people occupying the land “promised” to you.  Not to mention, they were BIG PEOPLE too…descendent of giants!

Whoa Now! — this is NOT what I signed up for! I knew this was too good to be true… I mean, why would God put us in a situation that will lead to certain death? This just doesn’t make any sense at all, you reason. Maybe they took a wrong turn… (Columbus did too, right?) This can’t be!

In life, sometimes  it seems easier to Doubt the validity of a claim, and ask, “Why do I need to fight for something God has supposedly already given to me?”  What’s the point of a gift you have to work for, anyway?

Long story short, God punished the Israelites with wandering for 40 years…which I’m sure some of them were fine with b/c at least “wandering” was somewhat safe and reliable with all that manna raining down.

Fast forward now to the next generation, where the verse is taking place…

They are back to this place where they were promised an inheritance, and they’re hungry…hungry for roots, for a place to call home…hungry for what God has promised them.  They’re DONE wandering.

Now all that’s left is to go in & TAKE what God has already given them.

It’s gonna take some sacrifice, yes.  It’s gonna be a BIG risk- EVERYTHING, in fact.  It’s not going to be comfortable or pretty or fit into a cute little box.  It’s going to be hard- it might even be a little bit scary.  It’s going to take Faith…everything.  ALL of you. ALL they had.

What I’ve learned:  Sometimes the gifts God gives us  aren’t wrapped in fancy wrapping paper or delicately placed in lovely tissue paper.

Sometimes…DON’T MISS THIS… they’re disguised.  They might be covered in Yuck- waiting to be cleaned.  It might be hidden like a needle in a hay stack…It might be old…It might be just past a couple of fire breathing dragons or sleeping giants…who knows!

BUT, I think, these gifts are the MOST desirable.  Otherwise, why would God go to such great lengths to hide or conceal them from everyone else?

Had the Promised Land not held giants – perhaps, someone else would have come in and conquered it, and perhaps God’s presence would not have been “necessary” for it to be done.

But, God HID it –he disclosed this gift…only to You– only to the Israelites did He reveal the Promised Land as up for grabs, and ONLY with His help and their faith, would they be able to take hold of this gift.

So, ironically– challenges should not be the only thing to deter us from something God has promised us.

Trust what He tells you. Believe Him– it’s His will that YOU take hold of all the treasure He has set before you!

But remember, it will only be yours if you are willing to follow and obey Him; regardless of the cost, or the way it looks to others, or the fact that you will literally have to RISK everything to do it.

So, I leave you with this simple question…

What gift has God been waiting for you to take hold of?


*Spanish inspiration…

Deuteronomio 1:8 (Traducción En Lenguaje Actual) :

Vayan y conquisten ese territorio, pues yo les prometí a Abraham, a Isaac y a Jacob que se lo daría. También les prometí que se lo daría a ustedes, pues son sus descendientes.

Another Hidden Treasure…

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*This post, along with others is an excerpt from the prayer journal I have been using to document everything up until this point, it was written on March 13, 2012 after studying Genesis 6:5-8 and 9:8-13.*

It’s incredible to me how something I have read a hundred times has the ability to jump out at me in such a new way! Then again, I shouldn’t be too surprised because that is precisely what I prayed for when starting this journey.  It shouldn’t surprise us when God answers our prayers; it’s natural. So, here is the little bit of insight I got after reading about Noah for the umpteenth time… a true testament to me that God’s Word is Alive!  This revelation came to me on a day of confusion, after seeing some gut-wrenching thing on the news… about why there is so much evil in the world today, what with trafficking, war, and child abusers, and had me wondering why God didn’t just choose to wipe all of those evildoers off the face of the earth; I mean, He did it with Sodom and Gomorrah, right?! 

Well, He answered my heart’s question that day, and He is faithful to do just that in your life too! All He asks of us is to seek Him.

*Note: Spanish text from the NVI (Nueva Version Internacional) version of these scriptures can be found below for reference.

**Note: Please keep in mind that these are little things I’ve found along the way and the reflections I’ve garnered from them; I’m not a theologian. Phew! Glad we got that out of the way, lol!  Also, because I’m giving you an uncensored peek into my “findings,” and hence my World; I hope you are not easily offended by my questioning God and / or  the way we get along {me and the Big Guy, that is}, because I, like everyone else, am flawed in my Earthly perspective. I believe we will get the full view, only when we make it to the other side of eternity. With that said, read on, be blessed, and encouraged! : )

Genesis 6: 5-8, NIV :

5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 9: 8-13, NIV :

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Wow!  Genesis chapter 9 has never been more eye opening to me before. But before we get into that, let’s go back a little to see what has led up to this point.  According to the brief genealogy given us in Genesis chapter 6 [not listed in reference verses], we are able to see that roughly about 1,000 years have passed in the 10 generations from Adam to Noah.  But still, this is only Genesis 6.  So, in the 6th chapter of the FIRST book of 66 books in the Bible, God is already showing “Buyer’s Remorse,” so to speak.  Translating it, myself, from the Spanish NVI, Genesis 6:5-6 says, “God, seeing that mankind’s wickedness on the Earth was so great, and that all their thoughts were always evil, regretted having made them, and it troubled His heart.”  This alone is astounding! In the beginning, did God not know when He created man and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that we, as humans, would turn towards sin and live wicked lives?

 Of course He knew, He knew our propensity for both good and evil, and that didn’t stop Him from loving us and creating us.  Is it even possible for God to regret something He has done? Well, the Bible shows us it is.  Regretting something usually implies that something has been done by mistake.  Is it possible that God felt He had made a mistake?! I wonder… the God of the Heavens and the Earth, that I serve, has stated before everything, that He felt remorse / regret at the sight of humanity; and this, only 6 chapters into our history!!

However, with one man… Noah, He was pleased and Noah found favor with God.  Yet another ASTONISHING statement!  There was one who had found favor with God.  Noah was not perfect, but he lived in a way that brought him closer to God. 

Getting back to the destruction of the World bit, these verses also show us that God did not haphazardly destroy all of humanity  -He gave Noah a task-  But, before that even, God singled Noah out, which says to me, that He searched the Earth to find some good in it, to merit being saved such a disaster, and what did he find? One man. In ALL the Earth. One man, and his family. 

God gave Noah a job -much like Adam’s job- we are not given an exact time frame of how long it took, but we know it took many years…  Years, I believe, God spent waiting.  Something we should understand here, is that Noah spent a lot of time building that boat out in the desert, surrounded by a sinful generation.  God said they were violent and corrupt, but in Noah, He found righteousness.  Obviously, in that whole stretch of time, no one else came forth to find favor with God– No One else chose to live righteously, no one else was sent for to accompany Noah’s family into the ark.

Yes, God created all, knows all, and sees all, past and present, but He gave to us Free Will. The way I see it, we can choose any number of paths to follow all with a certain end to each of those paths defined.  Each step, each decision has a consequence, whether good, bad, or neutral… and as we are told by the great Physicist Sir Isaac Newton, “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”  So, that said, there was a period of time in which Humanity was given to change their ways.  In the end though, only one family boarded that boat.

Although we are told the rains lasted 40 days and 40 nights, and that the Earth was flooded more than 7 meters above the highest mountain tops, Genesis 7:24 reminds us that the waters flooded the earth for 150 days.  Afterwards, we read that The Lord sent a great wind, and that the waters began to recede, which took about another 150 days.  So, it was approximately about a year total they spent on the ark.  Noah was documented as being 600 years old when he entered the ark and 601 when he left the ark.  That is a LONG time to be stuck on a boat!

Then, when it was all over, God made a pact with Noah to never destroy the earth again by flood and gave the rainbow as a sign to both man and God of this covenant.  AMAZING- that God should make and keep pacts, promises, and covenants with us, mere mortals…but, we were made in His image and He loves us so!

My goal here, is to point out that from Genesis to Revelation, we hear about generation after wicked generation of people who fail to follow God- but, NEVER does He send a flood to start over.  Interestingly, “all of life” is included in this promise.

Another interesting thing to note, God never says that He regretted flooding the earth- it was necessary- only that He would never do it again.  My question is, are we any less evil than those of old, who were destroyed in the flood? I don’t think so. If I had to guess, we are more evil of a generation, but I don’t know either.

(Btw, There’s some evolution for ya…Noah: Survival of the fittest? No; Survival of the most righteous? yes.)

 It made me wonder what the point of the flood really was, if we as a race would ultimately be evil once more?  Ironically, I think it shows God’s compassion for us, His creation.  The Bibles tells us that when God sees a rainbow, that He, himself, is reminded of His pact with us.  It’s as if He KNOWS -which He does- that all WILL go a muck yet again. But, He is promising to all living creatures and to Himself that no matter how horrible we get- a flood will not be the answer for us again.  He has never broken this promise.

Also, interesting to note, is that unlike so many of his promises to His people, this one was unconditional.  There was no condition given with this promise, because He knew we would break it.  His love for His creation is unconditional. 

Recap: God said His heart was troubled by the condition of the Human race. Couldn’t this also be true today? I daresay it is.  Wickedness abounds in the world, and if it troubles you, then how much more does it trouble God, our father?! If He gave you His eyes for a minute, what would you do with what you saw? Would you then ask for His hands and promise to be His feet?

Every sin is equal in His eyes, thus we have all fallen short monumentally, but still He loves us and keeps His promise to not destroy us all.  He gives us the gift of compassion to help a hurting world in His name.

Final thought: Even if He intervened and got rid of all the “bad” people today, we would STILL have sin in the world, and eventually all would be as it once was.  So, until we are joined with Him in Heaven, darkness will surround us- only to be dispelled by the light that shines in and through us.

Take away message: I can trust God everyday and even if I don’t understand Him completely, I can know that He is concerned with and for me and the people of this world. I can then share the light I have found in Christ with others, and it’s super important now, because starting over just ISN’T an option anymore!


Thanks for reading and I invite you to comment or question below!

Génesis 6: 5-8, NVI :

5 Al ver el Señor que la maldad del ser humano en la tierra era muy grande, y que todos sus pensamientos tendían siempre hacia el mal, 6 se arrepintió de haber hecho al ser humano en la tierra, y le dolió en el corazón. 7 Entonces dijo: «Voy a borrar de la tierra al ser humano que he creado. Y haré lo mismo con los animales, los reptiles y las aves del cielo. ¡Me arrepiento de haberlos creado!» 8 Pero Noé contaba con el favor del Señor.

Génesis 9: 8-13, NVI :

8 Dios les habló otra vez a Noé y a sus hijos, y les dijo: 9 «Yo establezco mi *pacto con ustedes, con sus descendientes, 10 y con todos los seres vivientes que están con ustedes, es decir, con todos los seres vivientes de la tierra que salieron del arca: las aves, y los animales domésticos y salvajes. 11 Éste es mi pacto con ustedes: Nunca más serán exterminados los seres humanos por un diluvio; nunca más habrá un diluvio que destruya la tierra.»
12 Y Dios añadió: «Ésta es la señal del pacto que establezco para siempre con ustedes y con todos los seres vivientes que los acompañan: 13 He colocado mi arco iris en las nubes, el cual servirá como señal de mi pacto con la tierra.

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