Some of you may recall the dream I had in 2020. The dream was of the body filled with sores brought on by idolatry, unforgiveness, and rebellion. In the dream I saw a surgeon’s hand come in and surgically remove the idols. I saw a bitter root and other items being cut from the body. These idols were making the body so sick that it could not get up and walk. The Lord, in his goodness, came in and performed surgery, put salve in the wounds, and stitched each wound.
The Lord showed me he was going to heal the church so that the church could go and preach the gospel to the nations. The body would be well again, whole again, and ready to run and herald the gospel. I was brought to tears by this dream. It caused me to repent of my own idolatry. I examined myself and let the Lord perform surgery on my heart so I could be healed. Then I went and told whoever would listen, “Turn from your idolatry, habits and rebellion!”
We must tear down the high places. God told Ezekiel to prophesy against the high places where idolatry was practiced and say, “O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God! Thus says the Lord God to the mountains, the hills, to the ravines and the valleys: ‘Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places’” (Ezekiel 6:3).
Ezekiel was being sent to rebellious Israel to reconcile them back to God. The high places were where the children of Israel were worshipping other gods. The people were placing these false gods in a higher position than the one, true God. God was about to bring judgement.
In the book of Jeremiah, God called those high places, “desolate heights.” Those barren places leave us craving more and never finding satisfaction. The body is not designed to feed on what brings no health. The body has long been starving itself from the nutrients of the holy presence of the Lord. “In Him, we live and move and have our being” (Act 17:28).
Ask yourself, “Have I set up desolate “high places” of idolatry in my life?” You know what they are. Take time to write them out. Confess them before the Lord. Repent and dismantle the idolatry in your life. Allow the Lord to perform surgery and put a healing salve in your wounds. He desires that you run and not grow weary, that you walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
Jesus said, “I am the vine, and you [we] are the branches” (John 15:5). He also said that his father was the gardener. He prunes, cuts away, and weeds our lives of things that choke out his presence, his growth. He reminds us that apart from him, we can do nothing. The connection to Christ, the Vine, is our strength and our sustenance as believers (John 15).
If you want a breakthrough and a life-changing encounter with the Lord, surrender those areas of your life that you know are pulling and keeping you away from Christ.
Today I examine my life before you and ask for your help to tear down the high places of sin in my life. I no longer want to lay on the sickbed of sin. I ask you to perform surgery so that I can be healed. I repent from my sins and give my life back to you today. I want to be a carrier of the gospel, free from idolatry, to run the race and live in your grace. I thank you for your healing power, your saving power, and your mercy. In Jesus’ mighty name! Amen
By Autumn Nims
President and Founder