• But I just want...

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    13 October, 2017Posted by Nick

    We live in a world that has convinced all of us, that we can and should have everything we want. Tv commercials, adverts in the middle of YouTube videos and Boxing Day sales are all proof the world believes it and the only moment anyone I know is sceptical of it is when someone quotes bible verses to challenge it.

    Jesus told a lot of stories that challenged our discontentment with what God has granted us all in life. The video at the bottom of this article is the 3rd in a 3-part series on God’s wisdom and looks at the person of Job. It is a fantastic opportunity to examine our belief on what we think we are entitled to in life and where God should be meeting those expectations. I won't ruin the ending for you, you’ll just have to watch it.

    What I want us to weigh very seriously though, is why should I want more than what I already have? What fuels that desire? If its jealousy or greed hopefully you can discard it as merely selfish and start afresh. But when it comes from a wrong thinking of how this life works, it can be deeper than simply understanding greed or envy. Trusting God to know what you need like Jesus shows in a story from Matthew 6:25-34, is the starting point and from there ensuring that you know that deep down. Then maybe we can recognise that anything else is a distraction or a trap from Satan. His name means ‘opponent’ or ‘adversary’ and he opposes everything God does, including truth which means Satan’s also a liar and a very cunning one at that. 

    Can you recognise that the further down the road away from God’s desires and truths, is further down a road that leads to destruction? After all, it is a broad road and according to Jesus and many people will never question the direction they’re headed because there are so few people on the narrow road that leads to life. If you recognise you’ve strayed from the narrow path, stop now and bring everything into the light so as to keep yourself from taking another step further in the wrong direction. Can I encourage you to think upon the following verses?

    Romans 8:5: Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 

    Galatians 6:8: Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life.

     

    Hopefully, this can be a helpful reminder or a timely warning for us all on who are we listening to in life and who has our best interests at heart.

    To watch Part 1 click here, or Part 2 click here.