Heavenly Father we praise you. We lift up this word before you and we ask you to write it on the tablets of our heart. We ask Lord, that you would take this word and make it life to us. Let it perform every purpose in which you are sending it forth to accomplish.

 Lord, bring the priestly anointing upon every vessel that who reads and hears this Word. Take the blood and anoint every ear as the word of God comes forth so that if there is anything in our life that is impure, or unsanctified, or not of You, that it would be cleansed and delivered. Heavenly Father, take the oil, anoint every ear to understand and to hear.

 Holy Spirit, we release you and ask you, to bring the application of this Word in our lives. Individually, speak to us through this message. May we leave our place in this level, as different people, knowing that we have had a visitation with God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Open to Ezekiel 14:1-5 KJV

14 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me and sat before me.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols.

That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Idols in his heart. Notice He is not talking about outward idols.

Now, the Lord says, according to their idols, I am going to answer them, I am going to let them be deceived because they have these idols in their heart.

Now, the one thing we want to notice here is that the Lord says in Ezekiel 14:5, “…because they are estranged from me, through their idols.”

The word ‘estranged‘, in Hebrew, is a word that means unrelated. He says, “They are unrelated to me now, because of idols in their heart.”

When we allow idols to come into our hearts, there comes an unrelatedness through blocks, that prevent us from being joined to the Lord.

No More Building the Blocks that Cause Separation Between You & the LORD

Whenever an idol was erected in a high place in the Hebrew Scriptures, (aka The Old Testament), there was always a wood grove erected or a stone grove erected. This represents a block and this word, ‘idol is not referring just to the carved image, but it is referring to the block.

A block is an obstacle. That word, ‘idol‘ in this particular instance in the text means obstacle.

The obstacle that has estranged you from intimacy with God is an idol.

What are the obstacles that have prevented you from operating in faith? Have you built up such a wall of separation that it looks like the wall belongs there?

Are there obstacles that have prevented you’re going forward in God? An obstacle that has prevented you from using your faith creates a wall of separation and distance between you and the LORD. Can you identify the obstacle(s) that has prevented you from operating in obedience to what God has told you to do?

Elevating Beyond the Literal…

Idols in the heart, are not necessarily what we would call a carved image, not necessarily what we would call a graven image.

God is addressing his people through Ezekiel here today, and He is speaking about idols in the heart that create a blockage.

This is what we need to know about the blocks that have estranged us and caused a condition of being unrelated, lacking nearness to God.

We become united to God through His Spirit. We know we have that relatedness to God because our character becomes like God’s character.

Achieving the Highest Level of Spiritual Intimacy

 When we are flowing in the things of God. When we are flowing in intimacy with God.

When we have that intimate communication with God, we have communion face to face with Him.

Now, looking back at Ezekiel 14:4, the scripture teaches us that there is a stumbling block before their face.

When a stumbling block is present, there is no such thing as being present before the Face of God. Where there is a stumbling block, there is no such thing as operating in the Character of God.

You see, the character of God is the Face of God. The Character of God exists in kind with His attributes. This is the Face of God.

God desires that all of us would have communion with Him… with his character, with his attributes, with His glory, with his mercy with his forgiveness with his graciousness. That which is in our heart, which is an obstacle, that is where we need to possess discernment in order to know, recognize and/or identify the obstacles that exist within us that are preventing us from coming into divine communion with the Presence of GOD.

Assignment: Examine your heart. Remove every obstacle that is blocking your relationship with God. Cut down the groves that are limiting your connection and communion with God. No more self-inflicted spiritual sabotage. It’s time to move forward!

Author: Rev. Yvette Malveaux

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SPIRITUAL BASICS: Increasing the Anointing in Your Life…

There are a number of ways to maximize the anointing in your life. Simple and straightforward to explain, yet difficult to accomplish without a strong commitment to self-discipline.

For anyone that wants to increase the anointing over their life, they will have to equally increase their determination to die to self.

And therein lies the rub…

For those who have been in my classes, you will have heard me speak often of my bootcamp training days in the anointing (which really never stops). The biggest challenge for me was “not kicking against the pricks.” Of course, dying to self is the critical first step we all must accept, in order to place ourselves in a position to walk in the anointing.

The Yoke Shall Be Destroyed Because of The Anointing… Isaiah 10:27

I would think that most of our Pastors have labored to teach us the meaning of Isaiah’s message—learning to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

I’m fortunate enough to have had a grandfather who owned a farm, and I can remember him caring for the animals. Leading his ox by the plow took minimal strength from my grandfather, because his ox was so adapted to the work, he practically led himself.

Obedience is a fundamental standard for qualification.

It was only when I relinquished the reigns, that the anointing was able to flow in my life. In fact, this particular spiritual character flaw is the gage I use to assess whether or not I am resisting the WORD. Being willful and resisting instruction will cause us to miss out completely on what GOD is doing.

When I see my flesh getting in the way, I just stop and obey… I simply do, whatever it is I’m trying to resist doing. When I’m paying close attention, I can catch myself and stop myself from engaging in small infractions… which in turn, prevent disobedience from escalating.

Walking in the anointing means not resisting the small directional adjustments the LORD wants to make in our walk.

Quickly Repent and Keep Moving Forward…

We each know when we are being willful, headstrong, defiant, difficult, etc. Just stop. Ask GOD for a better way. We each know enough of GOD’s Word, in order to be able to respond in a more excellent way, or at the very least, recognize the type of behavior that displeases GOD and stop.

Whenever we do what is personally difficult, but spiritually better for us and another person, that’s a small adjustment worthy of our time to make, in which we can then give honor GOD. In taking this simple small step in dying to self, you will protect the anointing on your life and on the lives of others.

Our Primary Objective, is Not to Grieve the Spirit of GOD.

Our relationship with GOD becomes the principle thing. What are we willing to do to please GOD and to preserve the flow of the anointing in our lives?

GOD calls those who serve Him, His personal possession (Ex 30:31 KJV).

Have you set yourself aside for His personal use? This would mean that we use all of our GOD given talents and abilities for Kingdom purposes.

How can you serve the Kingdom of Heaven and lift the level of holiness?

Both our strengths and our weaknesses can be used for Heavens purpose. Our strengths can be used to advance the Kingdom of Heaven, our weaknesses will help us to rely on the Spirit of GOD.

Just a few more small measures we can take, to draw closer to GOD.