Some of you may remember when I wanted to call my book on idols “The Stonecutter.” It was here, with you dear sisters, that I tested what would become Idol Lies. Though I do think that is a clever title from the publisher, sometimes I think about writing a sequel called The Stonecutter, for I keep learning about idols, and I do see them as returning stones to our heart that block the presence of God. One of my favorite Rebecca quotes is: “The presence of God is like a stream, and I hate it when the rocks get in the way.”
Ezekiel explains that we are delivered first from the penalty of sin by being given a new heart — a heart transplant!
Paige Benton Brown took this picture and explained that the body naturally wants to reject anything foreign, and heart transplant patients must be on guard daily with habits that will help their body not reject their new heart. We must continually allow the power of the cross to renew our hearts. We must like David, confess our sin sincerely, ask for Him to create in us again a clean new heart, and reveal that has happened by bearing fruit worthy of repentance. What motivates us to live daily like this? Gazing at the cross.
That is where Paul Tripp will take us this week, ending with this facinating passage which we will comb through together.
The 40 days of Lent takes Sundays off, but if you want to share a way God has worked in your life in this last week, this is the day to do it! Here are some ways you might have seen His fingerprints this week:
- A passage in Scripture becomes “radioactive,” giving you the wisdom, comfort, conviction, or just a push you need that day.
- A clear answer to prayer
- Unusual timing or circumstances that make you see His fingerprints
- Help to do His work in the world
- Something in His creation that puts you in awe
- Kindness from His children
- A sense of His presence
Do you have a way you saw God at work?
Monday – Day 11.
2. Read and underline Day 11 and share what stands out to you.
3. Meditate on Hebrews 9:13. How can the cross help purify us of our idols? Can you give an illustration from your life? (This will help us all!)
4. Answer one of the closing questions.
5. Read Romans 2:1-16 and ask the Lord to convict you of any sin you might have been ignoring.
Tuesday – Day 12.
6. Read and underline Day 12 and share what stands out to you.
7. Choose one of the three final questions to answer.
8. Do the prayer exercise on Colossians 3:1-10.
Wednesday – Day 13.
Christ is the better and final Adam, the better and final Priest, the better and final slain Lamb.
9. Read Day 13 and share what stands out to you and why.
10. Take one of the final three questions to answer.
11. Do the prayer exercise.
Thursday: Day 14.
Today is about how sin blinds us — heart idols are hidden — all you can see is the bad fruit that emanates from them. David Powlison said, “When anything bad comes out of our heart or mouth, a heart idol is at work.”
12. What stands out to you from Day 14 and why?
13. Do question 2 or 3 from the end.
14. Do the prayer exercise.
Friday: Day 15.
15. What insight does Paul Tripp give into this Ezekiel 14 passage? What insight do you have?
16. Do one questions from the end.
17. Do the prayer exercise.
Saturday: Day 16.
18. What stands out to you from this chapter and why?
19. Choose one of the questions to answer thoughtfully.
20. Do the prayer exercise.