Don't Let The World Fool You

Don't Let The World Fool You

Welcome to Part 8 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you can't wrap your mind around God's plan, this blog series is for you. For Part 7, "A New Mindset About God's Will" click here.

Have you ever been hustled? When I say hustled I mean hoodwinked, bamboozled, played or simply deceived. I sure have. I used to be a lot more gullible when I was younger because I trusted people easier. I've lost money and time over the years because I was fooled by people I trusted. Some I thought I knew quite well and some I realize I didn't know at all. Well, don't let that happen to you. Don't let the world fool you!

1 John 2:15-17(NLT) - Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

It's all a big game. It started in The Garden of Eden with the devil deceiving Adam and Eve and it continues to play out right before our eyes. The world presents itself like it's so much fun with so many benefits. They seem to have the most money, the best looking people, the most opportunities, the glitz, the glamour and everything our flesh could dream of. However, once you bite into their fruit they eventually leave you empty, naked and scared. See Genesis 3.

We work tirelessly with the young people at our church in an effort to teach them the truth. The world may satisfy your natural cravings with physical pleasures and feed your ego with an image of success that doesn't last. However, when the lights go off and the cameras are gone there is an entirely different reality behind the scenes. It's all a big game and the devil is the coach.

Mark 8:35-37(NLT) - If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?

What the god of this world will never tell you is how the story ends. If you get out of The Will of God for your life and choose to follow the world, everything you gain will be temporary. Walk away from God and at some point you will die, wake up in hell and realize that you gave up your eternity for practically, nothing.

How many men have walked away from their wives for what they thought was the perfect replacement and were sorely disappointed? How many young people have walked away from The Church into the arms of "so-called" unsaved friends only to see their lives take a turn for the worst?

They may look happy but their innocence and dignity are gone after some of the stuff they've done. Now guilt is killing them inside and pride is holding them back from true repentance. They're trapped in the game and the devil is the coach. Walking away from God's Will for your life may look fine at the beginning but it's only the beginning of one big mess.

Don't Let The World Fool You

Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV) - “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

God's way is never the most popular. It's never the easiest and it's never the most convenient. If it was, then everyone would use it. It's never the most appealing to your flesh and it never promises to satisfy any of your lusts. Sometimes, it's quite challenging and it doesn't always give immediate rewards. However, the end of it is AWESOME! 🙂

Please read Psalm 73 and carefully consider what it says. Don't let the world fool you!

Psalm 73(NLT)

1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure.
2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3 For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4 They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5 They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7 These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for!
8 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others.
9 They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words.
11 “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?”
12 Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain.
15 If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
27 Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.

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