Wednesday, September 22, 2010
...It's Like Living In Ancient Babylon
Living in the USA today is similar to living in ancient Babylon, where I am daily bombarded with temptations of every kind. Every luxury imaginable is offered me on t.v., billboards and store front windows. Luxuries in themselves are not sinful, it's the love and desire for these things over and above loving my Lord and God Jesus Christ. I'm tempted always to think of obtaining or using these things: fancy clothing, pretty decor for my home, perfumes and make-up, crafts, hobbies and so much more. When do I stop and think of the poor? and give to my local food bank? Giving can't and won't save me, but is something that comes out of a yielded heart, which listens to the heart of God. When do I thank the Lord that sinful as I am, He loves me and wants to know me? I need His help to live a life of integrity. I want His help to desire His Word and to hear His still small voice above the clamour of this world.
I am also bombarded with seductive commercials, which are filled with sensuality enticing me away from all that is good. I am flattered and puffed up with the pride of life. I cannot possibly honor my Lord on my own. I am weak & sinful, and I am easily loured by Satan's schemes, yes, Satan, the one the Bible says seeks to deceive the whole world. He is my adversary; my enemy. Without Christ, he would destroy my life. I am like Daniel who lived in ancient Babylon. I'm faced daily with the same temptations he was. May the Lord help me to live as he did and not fear what man would say of me or how man might think me odd or strange. Daniel continued praying openly to God though it was against the law and his life was threatened. My life is not threatened for my beliefs; I have it easy compared to Daniel. But, I too, am an alien living here. My real home is in Heaven, and I will be there some day. I am not without hope. I have power against this enemy to live a life of integrity:
That same power which God the Father raised Christ from the dead is living in me. That same power is the power of Jesus Christ's Holy Spirit, which aids me in fighting temptation of all sorts.
"For the message of the Cross of Christ is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."1 Corinthians 1:18
I will be studying the book of Daniel again. This will be my second time through. I set my alarm for 4:30, otherwise it won't happen for me. I am determined to seek the Lord and to know Him more and more. I'm looking forward to all God shares with me." For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 That is why the Bible is never boring; it is alive and fresh and new information coming from the heart of God; each time I read it!!! God bless you all today ~ Kathi