“…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10 KJV (emphasis added)
The world is full of “things.” People work hard for them, go to great lengths to protect them, and will sometimes do anything to get them. Having “things: makes people feel good and they can give a feeling of accomplishment and prestige. When the devil comes against you, he’s not after your “stuff.” Think about it, why would he be? He’s a spirit being so he doesn’t need to take tangible things from you. Rather, he’s interested in taking something much more powerful—your joy and your strength. The devil will throw attacks at you that will make you doubt if God is really on your side and protecting you. Continue reading
Idol- any thing on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.
People may think of an idol as a wooden or golden carved image that you bow down to worship or give a sacrifice to. This concept is still very true, but today in the 21st century, idols can be anything that takes up your time. Idols can range from TV shows, video games, books, music, toys, technology, sleep, hobbies, shopping, food, social media, people, money, etc. God is to come first in our lives above all else, and if something gets in the way of that, it’s an idol. In Exodus 34:14 God says that He is a jealous God; and in Exodus 20:3, He says that we must not have any other gods but Him. The lowercase “g” in “gods” is defined as, “any person or thing exalted too much in estimation.” In other words, people or things that take up the majority of your time is a god in your life. God will not tolerate coming in second, so it is your job to make sure He’s first in all that you do. Continue reading
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!
Matthew 26:41 NLT
The world is full of temptations. You have an opportunity every single day to be tempted by something. You can be tempted to sleep in a little longer, tell somebody off that may be mistreating you, going to the casino to pass the time, or eating a little more than you usually do. It doesn’t matter what the temptation is, if it is not controlled, it can have a progressive negative effect on your life. According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, temptation is defined as “a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.” Temptations usually progress to addictions, and addictions usually birth negative consequences on many different levels. If you find that you are addicted to something, you need to think about what you’ve been giving your attention to. Continue reading