Posted by on March 12, 2011

It seems that from birth, we strive to “fit in.” Every societal pressure that is put upon us can reshape who we are, who we want to be, who we are trying to be or who we should be. It is important to recognize that the operational pressure seems to be coming from society instead of the Word of God.

Almost immediately there appears to be a ruler measuring our successes or failures. Life was breathed into the world by God Himself. It would seem then that we would take our cue and direction from God rather than from man. But the commonplace practice is to adjust to human thinking rather than spiritual thinking.  This got people into some pretty tough situations throughout history in the Bible.

If it were not for the tempestuous influence of the prince of darkness, we wouldn’t so consistently be falling off track. Much of what seems difficult and in need of constant surrender to God is challenged by liberal, alternative and seemingly easier approaches or solutions. But if they can not be fundamentally backed by the Word of God, they should not enter our mind for consideration. Is that legalistic?  I don’t think so. God has given us great creative freedoms in thinking and living. He only asks that all of it glorify God, rather than self. Proverbs 4:23 tells us; “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

It doesn’t take a long look at history, let alone modern times to recognize the pleasures of self serving mechanisms.  Whether it be in theory, entertainment or sensual pleasures; self can surface and become such an attention grabber, that our Creator becomes masked and unrecognizable in our lives.

Deviant lifestyles have become socially accepted. Things that were unthinkable and offensive years ago, have now become as normal behavior in our schools.  All too frequently you hear people say, “Well…it’s not my thing, but if they’re not hurting anyone, it’s okay with me.”  So we come to adapt to lifestyles and deviations from what God has called us. Now, Christian beliefs are coming under fire and criticism, rather than the sinful behavior clarified in His Word.  And sadly… all too many people are fine with that.  But as Luke 17 29&30 tell us;But the same day that Lot went out of  Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Calls to live a righteous life are seen as judgment on how someone is currently choosing to live and therefore unconstitutional.  Ahh… now we get to the real meat of things. Church and state. This has been the basis for wars. And there indeed is a war going on. A spiritual war. As God has indicated, all these things would come to pass until one day… He will say… “enough!”

Then He rewards those who choose to live as He has instructed. He shows all mankind how their own choices have controlled their destiny. We can be led by the Holy Spirit, or we can let the crafty and clever ways of Satan derail us, confuse us and ultimately cause us to believe lies which become our truth. But … the choice is ours.

Along the way there are various traps. For homosexuals and those recognizing their same-sex attraction, there have been religious bigots. There have been religious leaders you may have put your trust and faith in, when it really should have been placed in Christ.  Humans let us down when we have expectations. Not just regarding homosexuality, but any situation where we have depended on the church to help us or guide us and they failed.  We hold it against them. But God holds us responsible for the truth He has revealed to us. He holds us responsible for reflecting His love even in adversity.

Time and again He has presented me with a situation where He wanted my trust and my faith. Instead I was looking up to another individual and they let me down. Every individual is flawed with a sinful nature. It’s so simple to try and measure our spiritual growth based on what we have witnessed in someone else. That my friend is so very dangerous.

Spend time with God. Talk to Him. Read about Him. Let Him guide you through facts and truths and pray that the Holy Spirit will convict your heart of any changes or revelations that need to take place. A religious leader who has let you down or disappointed you, is not responsible for the responsibility you have with your Creator. But Satan looks for any way in which He can deceive you or discourage you.

Trust and obey and don’t let the world hold you down. God will see you through to His second coming. We are clearly near the end.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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