Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. 1John 5:21 NLT
There are things bent on pushing God out of His place. Those of us, "gray heads" have seen the increase of these "things" offered to this world at an alarming rate. It begins with a foothold... a little compromise... a little sin tolerance... a little look... a little PLACE... but these things soon spread and becomes an entire territory.
As it is written, "but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things..." [Mark 4:19]
Imagine that.. God gives us the power to choose Him or to remove Him. Oh, we rarely just ask Him to leave... instead... we just crowd Him out.
Beloved, there really are things that you must keep away from. What things? Anything that wants to take God's place. Today... take a look at your heart... Is God still in place?