Sometime our temporary earth suits crave and cry for an escape. Our flesh & our minds convince us we need to feel euphoric and a well disguised angel of light is all too eager, ready & willing to make us offers hard to refuse. Our brains oporate kinda like a computer. What we input will later become output.
For me, the only drug problem I had was my parents drug me to church.
(Haha that’s suppose to make you at least smerk).
However, I noticed that even in Church there were people, rituals and various things that would lead me into the misconception that if I did certain things, or didn’t do certain things I would have a life with no worries and strife, that some how I’d be protected from anything ever going wrong. OR if I was a “bad” boy I’d go to hell and burn for all eternity.
Some how I began to think that as long as I attended regularly and lived a clean “good” life, some how life would be better than everyone else and that was my ticket to heavenb uo in the clouds somewhere far from the flames of hell.
I was set up by satan to believe that the christian church was the answer to my every need.
This was a genius plan from God’s very own enemy, tailored for my life, so that when some how the church failed me so also I’d believe Christ failed me.
I wasn’t tempted by many of the same vices that clenched other people, but nonetheless I found myself caught in a bubble that needed to be burst.
It doesn’t matter how well fashioned & comfortable the prison cell is, it is still a means of containment & captivation, keeping the person in it from freedom.
Ussually deception of the enemy will arrive in life in desquise, otherwise we will be aware of his fraudulent offers and never even sample them.
Although this con-artist is clever in how he packages things it is still some of the same temptations and trials that hit everyone (Sex, Money, a type of drug or simply pride or discouragement). Regardless of who they are, what title they may hold, where they attend or lead worship or how good they are at doing it, there will be people, places and things that entice everyone to some how, in some way, take their focus off The One who not only offers but IS The Way, The Truth and The Abunant Life.
The difference is how we react to those offers of deception.
In my personal history when I’ve been made offers to participate in something I know I’ll thoroughly enjoy too often I jump at it without considering the cost, repercussions and output. I’ve doubted that it will in some way effect my relationship with Christ.
I’ve learned that Jesus offers something more than what our mind and flesh will find temporarily satisfying.
What He offers is what I am now trying to make a priority in my life (seeking first His Kingdom, not trying to build my own Matt. 6:33).
Scripture: John 10 -life more abundantly.
Jesus says, “The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
The “thief” Jesus talks about doesn’t always come to us in an aggressive manner and hold a gun to our head shouting,
“Do this, do that, give me all your money or DIE!”
I’ve heard some preachers shout it but no, my experience is that he comes along in the form of a good friend, an amazing opportunity or in some manner that seems harmless at first but then leads to reckless abandonment of all the abundance God offers when we stay in a relationship with Jesus.
Obviously I am not saying that every good promotion or great opportunity is bad but there are some things we see as developmentally constructive to our lives, careers & possessions but down the road end up leading us to our demise. What we own ends up owning us. What we control ends uo controlling us.
After 50 years in this life I have found that we really can find satisfaction and success without buying into what this world considers pleasure, power and success; however, it is only possible when our perspective is changed.
There really is so much more to life than sex, drums and rock n’ roll.
As great as sexual pleasure is, it is only temporary and as life changes and we mature, so also do our bodies, chemicals & drive.
Sex and sexual behavior can and should be beautiful but our minds, with the help of outside forces many times, will pervert it to the point of addiction or self degridation rather than used for procreation or healthy sexual satisfaction.
Drums, for me, were like a drug. When I play the drums I enter into a different world, however I’ve come to realize that I am the instrument and God is the orchestrator. Without Him it’s all just noise. It is one thing to enjoy an amusement and another to let that one enjoyment be your only means of fulfillment. Where your treasure is there your heart will be & if you lose that treasure you’ll truly be broken hearted.
Rock n’ Roll is a metaphor for so much more. It means many things to many different people and for many it is a way of expression, shouting to the world, “FU!” “FTW!” But when all is said and done it is just rock n’ roll and it will all be shut down and shut off in the end. UNPLUGGED & HAVE NO MORE POWER SOURCE.
God’s given us a Spiritual mind and some day He will give us a Spiritual Body.
As we mature and slowly, but surly, over come the natural nature our earth suits crave God makes the changes needed for a new birth that only life in Jesus brings, more importantly Jesus in us.
As we feed His Spirit in us, regardless of this world’s bull shit manure we will find this abundant life Christ promised and the beautiful thing is, it will never end.
Life is short. I will continue to strive to let Christ live in me, leading me into spiritual rich abandonment only found in the “abundant” life He offers while avoiding the counterfeit crap and fools gold offered by anyone and things else.
Lyric Video -Skillet “Better Than Drugs”
The Apostle Paul put it well when he shared personally with Timothy: I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:12-17 NASB
Prayer: Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NASB
In Christ & Him in me, Beetle