Saturday, June 30th,
rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
THE KINK OUT!
I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" (Psalm 66:18)
Ever turn on the hydrant or faucet to water
your shrubs and when you got to the end of the hose no water was coming out?
What do you do; trace your steps back down the hose until you find the
kink...then get the kink out. The problem with most, they're too kinky! The same
applies to the flow of God in our lives. The supply is sufficient on God's end,
so if things are dry on our end, it means that there is an impediment, a kink
in the supply line. Repentance dislodges the clogged pipe. Confession clears
and cleanses obstruction. Relationships suffer when a partnership gets hung up
over an issue. Christ and the rich young ruler couldn't connect because, Jesus
said, "One thing thou lackest". Most riffs come down to that "one thing", a
single kink in the hose.
Notice, David didn't say that the Lord wouldn't
hear him if he had iniquity in his heart, but that if he were to "regard
iniquity" in his heart. Iniquity, the twist in our human nature, is certainly a
chief impediment between us and heaven. "But your iniquities have separated
between you and your God..." (Isaiah 59:2) Regarding iniquity, that is,
esteeming, valuing, holding on to, giving one's regards to, a certain
thing, is what makes it contemptible to heaven. Idolatry is more than bowing
down to a statue of Baal. Paul spoke of "covetousness, which is idolatry"
(Colossians 3:5). Any passion, person, desire or thing that we regard above the
Lord becomes an idol. He regresses from what we regard...if our highest regard is
not Him. What the soul regards, the soul guards. We lock God out of that
protected area of the heart. And that is what puts a strain on the
relationship. Then "the Lord will not hear me". It is like a lover's quarrel,
with the jaded party's arms folded and chin up in the air, going dead silent.
When the conscience is clear we can be assured
of an answer. David went on in the next verse, "But certainly God has heard me,
He has attended to the voice of my prayer". John added, "...if our heart does not
condemn us, then we have confidence toward God". "Toward God" means that we can
again move His way. The partnership is renewed. We meet "toward", that is,
face-to-face, or in covenant. God is "of purer eyes than to behold evil, and
cannot look on iniquity" (Habakkuk 1:13). You wouldn't think there is such a
thing as a divine blush, but that is what the verse describes. God turns His
head away at iniquity. How much more then if "I regard iniquity in my heart"?
Spiritual togetherness or separation is always a matter of the heart. So submit
to His Lordship. Loosen your grip on what's illegitimate. "Cleave to that which
is good", wrote Paul. Get the kink out. Then a beautiful intimacy will be
restored and you will go through the day with renewed confidence.