Message Monday is a new series aimed at giving us some guidance with our spiritual wellbeing
The devil uses all the tools at his disposal to lead us astray
Some of the most prominent in our society today are:
We are learning more of life’s lessons from a script than scripture. This leads to:
- An ineffective perception how conflict should be handled (think of reality shows)
- Exposure of products and lifestyles to the public at large
- Unrealistic expectations of how the average American lives.
Think of the shows on TV today, even the ones that don’t focus on murder/death/suicide. The actors always have nice cars and houses with plenty of time to go do things. These are not reflective of real life. Example: When was the last time you heard a TV character say “Sorry guys, I can’t tonight. I have to get up for work tomorrow” or even “We have to vacuum the house first.” Those are sentences we say around our house, don’t you?
High School left a lasting impression on me. After all, it is where we go to learn things. One of the most important lessons to learn while growing up is how to communicate with others.
What are some of the things children have to worry about while in school?
- Extracurricular activities
What do kids spend more energy and time on?
- Material possessions (who has what and how they got it)
- Social activities (Facebook and Twitter)
- Gossiping about someone else to make themselves feel better
I was both a promoter of gossip and a victim. Most of us have participated in this practice and it may be the most emotionally destructive practice of all.
This one is extremely harmful to someone’s view of government and spiritual leaders. Granted, any public leader who embezzles money or has an affair is unacceptable, but the media harvests this message and feeds it to us for days.
How many Pastors and Priests are there in the world? How many times do we hear reports about a Priest molesting a child? The raw numbers would indicate the chances of this happening in your church are slim, but the constant reporting of such stories in the news are the very things a spiritual skeptic uses as an excuses for never stepping into a church.
Hey, I wouldn’t want to hang out with a child molester either, but the chances of this happening at a church in your area is slim when you consider how many churches there are and how many times this actually happens.
Things we can do to improve our spirituality
I believe there are things we can do to focus on truth:
- Go to church (even when the Packers are playing). If you simply can’t miss the game then try finding a church with Saturday night services. Church isn’t just for Sunday.
- Serve. This is one of the most rewarding activities you will ever participate in. Find something that interests you and volunteer 1 hour a week for that activity/charity.
- Read the Bible. I am struggling with this as I read through Leviticus. This book in the Old Testament is full of laws and rituals – many which no longer apply since Jesus took up the Cross for our sins. But I continue to learn more simply by reading through the most popular Book in the history of the world. Sticking our noses in the big book keeps me grounded and focused on what is important.
- Turn off the TV. You might miss out on an in-depth, water-cooler conversation about the latest episode of Jersey Shore but you can avoid having a conversation with those celebrities in the afterlife (boo-ya!).
Time is the greatest cost for beating the Devil
The time spent is the true price to pay for missing out on earthly enchantments in exchange for gaining eternal life. Sounds like a really good investment, doesn’t it – spend some time now and enjoy eternal life later?
While we continue to live in a world that is open to Satan’s influences, we can be the salt of the earth. He will shine a light on our behaviors and activities (and those we don’t participate in) so that others might be intrigued and want to learn more about the peace we are experiencing. We should be interacting with those who have not found God yet, how else can we further the Kingdom of Heaven?
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot – Matthew [5:13]