Episode 107 – Demolishing the High Places

Key Passage(s): 1 Kings 15:11-14

Too often, we live with divided hearts. On the one hand, our hearts are devoted to God. We want God’s best for our lives. We want God’s kingdom to come. On the other hand, we continue to allow places in our lives where evil and sin persist. This episode explores the life of King Asa and our deeply human tendency to be devoted to God without tearing down the high places in our lives. By the end of this episode, you’ll know how to identify the high places in your life and begin the process of demolishing them for good.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • When you think about your life, what are the areas where you can say with confidence that your heart is devoted to God?
  • What’s one high place that continues to persist in your life?
  • Of the three ideas that often accompany high places, which has been or is most likely to be true of your own high places: Achievement, busyness, or boredom?
  • Who is someone you trust enough to ask the question, “Do you see anything in my life that God wouldn’t want there?”
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?
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  1. wesley campbell July 14, 2020 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Again, Many Thanks, Brother Brad!!!

  2. Matt Massingale July 14, 2020 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Great word Brad. I have seen high places in those 3 areas be erected and allowed to stay in my life and in people i have discipled. A little compromise, a little indulgence always leads to death.
    I know people appreciate your teachings as I do, but mostly i am thankful for your heart. It is a heart committed to follow God and make his name great and to be transparent before him and others.

    • Brad Gray July 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you for these kind comments, Matt. I bless God for them.

  3. Cathy Strube July 15, 2020 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Brad, I heard that you did a sermon about your addiction to porn. I was wondering if you could make that available for me to view? Thank you for your ministry.

    • Brad Gray July 15, 2020 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Absolutely, Cathy. It’s called “My Story” (in the Sermon Library) and can be accessed Here

  4. Rich Gilbert July 16, 2020 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks again, Brad for the great teaching today. ! ! ! And because of the preceding comment on my screen, I just went out and watched your “My Story”. I have even greater love and appreciation for you than before. As you know and said, we all are in our own journey. Over recent times, I have often said to Him, “Oh Father, I am broken, we all are broken in own way. We know Your purpose is to repair and remake us “TO THE PRAISE OF YOUR GLORY”. Amen.

    • Brad Gray July 30, 2020 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      I bless God for that, Rich. Thank you for sharing this. God definitely recycles pain and failures.

  5. Crystal Lorenzo July 24, 2020 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    My therapist listen for an hour as I belittled myself, pointed out my failures and cried my eyes swollen. At the end she reminded me God wants us to have Joy, peace, love and faith. And that the path isn’t always going to be paved in gold. To be fully committed and trusting of his plan. Once she left I decided to watch this episode and without fail he places me where I need to be on that given day. I have high places of pride and the need for everything to just be perfect right away. I am broken still, I need Him daily and Him to restore and repair me. And it’s ok to not be ok. Today I’m not ok, Satan had been attacking hard lately. But I know God is for me, loves me unconditionally and always within me. Time to demolish my high places. Thank you Brad, sure miss you at Central still.

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