The Truth About the Battle For Your Soul
“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.”
(1 Peter 2:11)
Have you ever noticed that whenever you are around a bad odor for a while, your nose adjusts and it no longer smells as bad?
We are living in evil days and if we aren’t careful, after a while we don’t even notice how rotten things have become.
After some time, even Christians start absorbing the world’s values.After some time, even Christians start absorbing the world’s values. Click To Tweet
The things that we once considered to be wrong, begin to seem acceptable as we become more tolerant.
We think its okay to live together outside of marriage, especially if it saves money because that’s what the world does.
We accept divorce for incompatibility, because after all, shouldn’t we be happy?
And, we tolerate gambling as innocent fun since there are casinos and state lottery tickets everywhere.
We begin to look just like the world, except that we go to church occasionally.
This is what Paul calls unwise and foolish behavior.
In the Bible (especially in Proverbs), we are told that foolish people live for immediate gratification according to their feelings, impulses, and desires.
Like the rich man who built bigger barns to store his goods, but never stopped to consider the fact that today could be his last on earth, and then he would face God and judgment.
Many don’t think about storing up treasures in heaven.
They are focused completely on the here and now.
In short, they do not understand the will of the Lord, so they are not living wisely.
To live wisely, we have to know what God wants us to be, and how to get there.To live wisely, we have to know what God wants us to be, and how to get there. Click To Tweet
Without spiritual wisdom, we will not be alarmed at the threats to righteous living.
The Bible warns us about the dangers that can sabotage walking wisely with the Lord.
Are you living for the here and now, or are you building up treasures in heaven?
Don’t allow the evil one to create an idea in you that focusing on heaven destroys the enjoyment of living out your days on earth.
Remember, Satan’s attacks and influence are subtle, with degrees of submission. He doesn’t just hit you with a haymaker, and then walk away and leave you alone.
No, he works his way into your mind and changes your logical thinking, so that you will accept more of the world’s values, as a replacement for God’s values.
Godly wisdom is the first line of defense against his attacks. To increase your wisdom, you need to draw closer to the Lord and concentrate on living a righteous life.Godly wisdom is the first line of defense against his attacks. To increase your wisdom, you need to draw closer to the Lord and concentrate on living a righteous life. Click To Tweet
“Heavenly Father, forgive me for replacing any of Your values with the world’s values. Help me to develop and maintain a wisdom that alerts and warns me whenever I start to accept values other than Yours. Help me to be the person You want me to be so that I can enjoy building my treasures in heaven. Teach me the joy of giving and looking for opportunities to encourage others.”Teach me the joy of giving and looking for opportunities to encourage others. Click To Tweet
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Don has been teaching Bible classes for over 36 years and a Cristian blogger for the last 5 years.
He has been married to Debbie for 48 years and has two children and five grandchildren (another one due this year). He is overwhelmed and humbled daily by the Lord’s presence.
You can check out Don’s blog at https://utvolwoody.wordpress.com
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The truth about the battle for your soul