Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. ~ 1 John 5:21 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul gave a list in Romans,
things which could possibly
edge out God from hearts.
Death and life seem contenders,
but angels and demons don’t make my cut.
Fears for today or my worries about tomorrow…
again, he’s grazing in my pastures.
The powers of hell, things in the sky above
or in the earth below…if things include people
they get a maybe. But bigger seductions
for me are fear, that old addiction
that brought me to Recovery,
and codependent relationships,
self-doubt, simple distractions…
can I really say with certainty
these can never separate me from God’s love?
God, save me. Keep away from me
anything that might take your place in my heart!