Devotional 1/26

Peter said, “Look, we have left all [things–homes, families, businesses] and followed You.” And He said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.” LUKE 18:28-30

Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God.
Rick Warren

God knows our caliber: He knows the way we take, the thoughts we think without us expressing them, He knows our hearts and He has already set a blueprint for our lives. In this walk, we get to do life with the lover of our souls. We get to experience life with the company of God: HOLY SPIRIT.

Company: the fact or condition of being with another or others, especially in a way that provides friendship and enjoyment; associate with.

It is God’s desire that we walk in closeness and in step with His Spirit, not in step with what we feel or what the world promotes. The world separates us from God. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. When we are concerned with material values or ordinary life instead of  or more than our spiritual existence, we are worldly and cheating on God. Its either God or the world, as I said yesterday God is not concerned with us simply confessing our love for Him but also acting like it. How would you like your husband or wife constantly confessing their love for you, yet acting otherwise? God calls us adulterers, when we love the world and the things of it. Yesterday I mentioned the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light, and the kingdom of darkness uses the world to further His agenda. In this same way God does as well. What is the big deal with God, didn’t He create the world? In actuality when God speaks of the world, He is clear about what He is referring to He tells us “you are in the ‘world’, yet not of the ‘world’.

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In God’s terms, the world is:

  1. The pride of life, pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things
  2. The lust of the eyes, strong desire of what is seen: like material goods, wicked distractions (witchcraft, evil movies or commercials, indecent books, magazines or pictures, offers that are against God, looking at another person and wanting them, etc.)
  3. The lust of the flesh, sensual cravings of the body (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste)

Of course we can’t say God is against us enjoying the world.

Things like enjoying the view of travel and nature, great tasting food, the smell of amazing perfume and scents, or the awesome feeling of cuddling against your significant other’s body. But, God is well aware of our unbridled cravings: addictions, extremes and binges. For example, great tasting food can become an addiction: gluttony. Our eyes can lead us down the path of desire and destruction (lust of the eyes). Our accomplishments, achievements and accolades can make us boastful, where we lose our humility before God (pride of life). And our natural desires, if uncontrolled, can lead right into physical and spiritual death (addictions, extremities, seduction). We are free to enjoy the world, but we are not to love the world, for instance wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, and/or wanting to appear important. 

“The lust of (the eyes) uncleanness, which includes all unchaste desires, thoughts, words, and actions, fornication, adultery, rape, incest, sodomy, and all unnatural lusts;  intemperance in eating and drinking, gluttony and drunkenness, excess of wine, surfeiting, rioting, and excessive partying, and all the sensual pleasures of life, by which the carnal mind, and the lusts of it, are gratified; through which the soul is destroyed… 

The lust of the eyes: after unlawful objects, and may design unchaste and lascivious looks, eyes full of adultery, and whereby adultery is committed; a sinful curiosity of seeing vain sights, and shows, with which the eye of man is never satisfied, or rather the sin of covetousness (desire for something which belongs to someone else) is here designed, the objects of which are visible things, as gold, silver, houses, lands, and possessions, with which riches the eyes of men are never satisfied…

the pride of life; the ambition of honor, of chief places and high titles, or of grand living, for the word signifies not so much life as living; living in a sumptuous, gay, luxurious, and pompous manner, in rich diet, costly apparel, having fine seats, palaces, and stately buildings, and numerous attendance; all which is but vanity and vexation of spirit;” (John Gill)

Let’s pray:

Father God, I pray according to your word: May you God, the God of peace, sanctify me through and through. May our whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls us is faithful and we know, You will do it. (1 Thess 5:23-24) We are your creation, may we be sanctified through your Word and through prayer, as vessels set apart unto YOU for YOUR use. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Devotional 11/7

And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Luke 10:18

Satan is a fallen foe and has always been subject to the authority of the Son of God.

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God gave us desires, and He also looks to provide for them. Satan was kicked out of heaven, when he started speaking to the angels about taking over God’s throne. God kicked Satan, and 1/3 of angels hosts from heaven. That’s a lot of fallen angels. Don’t let Satan talk to you, and make you wonder and wander yourself away from God’s ways. God gave us a sound mind, a powerful mind of self control, and of creativity. The enemy knows how powerful our minds can be, if correctly used. And now, more recently research studies both in science and esoteric, have found our that the mind is extremely powerful. Have you acknowledged that your mind is powerful? Whether it is for good or for evil is really up to us, and how much self control we use. We can make decisions which appeal to please God or to please our own selfish desires. God does not have restrictions over us and our happiness, but He, as a father, sets boundaries for us in love. Holy Spirit leads us to make wise and godly decisions, but our flesh leads us to make self centered and self pleasing decisions.

Yesterday I mentioned that an idle (a wandering) mind, opens doors for the enemy.  For example, Eve, she fell for eating from the forbidden tree because it seemed okay to eat it, it was nice to look at and it would make her wiser. And the voice of the serpent was making her wonder about what God had already said. She let herself go into trouble, and away from God by her own desires. As human beings we have needs, and we also have desires: lets be honest. And then there’s Satan. We need food, but we desire tasty food. This is why there are fruits and vegetables all over the world, spices and seeds and animals of all kinds for us to enjoy. Yet there will be people, who will eat human flesh, and drink human blood. We enjoy beauty, yet this can easily become vanity or materialism. And if we value beauty, we are able to see the beauty in nature, find beauty in humanity and in art. Yet people become greedy and vain, becoming materialistic and coming into possession with anything and everything they consider beautiful. And we are also given wisdom, and seek wisdom; yet people do not go to God for wisdom.   I once heard a preacher say, God gave us our sexual drive- but He also wants us to manage it. And I think this is true, about EVERYTHING. The truth is that God’s Holy Spirit, teaches us to manage our fleshly appetites, and keep them under control and in balance. But since we are not prone to ask God for help, Satan corrupts our healthy and natural desires. For example, can a man and a woman procreate children? Yes. Can two men or two women make children by having sex? Nope. This is an example of God’s gifts and desires, being perverted by Satan. Another example, is gluttony. Do we not love food? Satan binds people’s minds to become gluttons. The devil LOVES IT when people make themselves slaves to a desire that God created and intended be enjoyed!

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, I know that you are a God of order and of wisdom. I pray you give us all, desires that benefit us spiritually. Desires like reading your word, fasting, desires to forgive, desires to be sanctified and to spend time with you in prayer. I pray we many live a life of obedience and of balance with a heart focused on love. Please show us, areas of our lives where we may be allowing Satan to enter by our lack of balance and discipline. Examine our hearts, and help us to refocus on our callings and ministries, beginning with our families. Give us wisdom and discernment, against anything that could steal our time and attention, let us not be idle! Protect us from curiosity, and things which may cause us to wander away from you. Thank you for your presence and for the victory in every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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