Life's 3 greatest challenges


(1 John 2:16)- For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

In this life, we cannot live without air, water, and food. Some people think of sex as a need. Now it may cause you to tremble, shake, and feel uncomfortable, but you will wake up the next morning still alive. You can go 6 months without sex, but not without air, water, or food.

The five senses; taste, touch, smell, hearing, and seeing, all report to the “carnal” mind – which is the enemy of God. I think the greatest battle we all face in our lives is the battle within, the battle between the flesh and the spirit.

·        Challenge #1 – FLESH: what we feel (emotions/body)

·        Challenge #2 – EYES: what we see (how it affects us)

·        Challenge #3 – PRIDE: Arrogance (thinking you are special)

1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds us that ALL temptation is common and God will provide a way of escape. Yet, most “carnal” people think that they got it all together……….until trouble shows up. People like this will believe almost anything. This is what makes rumors so powerful. Why? Because rumors are carried by haters; spread by fools; and accepted by idiots.

Likewise, many “carnal” people think that they have to get themselves right BEFORE coming to church. Yet, it is just the opposite. We have to get saved to be right. If you could get right without Him, then there would be no need for God in the first place. Then all preachers would have to go back to their day job, including those who are not living righteously (LOL). If you are in a place of worship where the shepherd continues to disrespect God's word, then you should do one of 2 things. (1) If you are strong enough - pray to God for restoration of their soul. (2) If you are a weak Christian - find a place where righteous living prevails and get yourself strengthened.

What is my point? There is a whirlwind of foolishness going on in our society. If we are not careful to protect ourselves from it, we will self-destruct by violating our personal relationship with God, breaching our marriage vows, drinking ourselves silly, abusing drugs/medical prescriptions, all in an effort to fill a void reserved for the “PRESENCE OF GOD!” When people get intoxicated, high, or euphorically inebriated, it is always in an effort to medicate themselves against failure, pain, discomfort, or loss. Instead of making us feel better, it pushes us further into an abyss of regurgitating cycles that causes us to stumble around in mediocrity……for years until we finally die.

Food for thought today: Some people create their own storms and get mad when it rains!

WAKE UP! By the time most people figure out what life is really about, it’s time to go. Get it together, suck it up, and drive on! If you are still breathing, God wants to use you to encourage somebody else. That is the ONLY reason you are still here.

Prayer: Father, bless my life, my health, my finances, my mind, my relationships, my ability, my speech, my thoughts and my ways to line up with You. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Next week - (It's time to stop playing God!)

Be Blessed!!!

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