What Is Driving Our Temptations?? – TEMPTATION – [7]

These next few verses from 1 John 2:15-17 seem to shed some light on the origin of the temptations we face on a daily basis,  – 

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. 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.  And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. 

A craving is defined as a powerful desire for something.  A longing, a yearning, a want, a desire, a hunger for, a thirst for…   A craving is an all-encompassing feeling that pulls at you.  So much so, that we tend to focus all our energy and attention on fulfilling the craving. Unfortunately, if we succeed, we never feel fulfilled.  It like being on a perpetual merry-go-round or treadmill.  Moving, but going no where, like a greyhound chasing the elusive rabbit around the racetrack.

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John points out that cravings are the only thing the world has to offer people. He also points out that cravings are not from God.

WHAT THEN DOES GOD OFFER PEOPLE?

  • Eternal life through Jesus For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
  • Holy Spirit But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name (Jesus’ name), He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. –
    John 14:16
  • That He will meet ALL our needs God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
  •  A rich and satisfying life John 10:10         
  • His Peace – You will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
  • Contentment  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?Matthew 6:25-26

Understand that there is a significant difference between what the world offers people and what God offers people.  Fulfillment of cravings are only temporarily satisfying. And when those no longer meet our desires we chase after the next “new” craving that bubbles up from inside of us.

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KING SOLOMON…

who lived much of his life apart from God as the richest, wisest, most powerful person in the 10th century, describes the world like this,  “I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless–like chasing the wind.” –  Ecclesiastes 1:14

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God, on the other hand, desires is to fulfill our deepest longings.  Those longings we may or may not even realize we have.  Not temporarily, but permanently and fully.

WHY DOES GOD CARE ABOUT PEOPLE SO MUCH?

God created human beings in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:27 

You (God) made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. – Psalm 139:13

The very hairs of your head are all numbered. – Matthew 10:30

And God knows the plans He has for you, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  – Jeremiah 29:11

WHY TO WE CONTINUALLY CRAVE?

People have an innate desire for God whether they realize it or not.  This can be described as a “God-shaped hole”.  ALL people have this “God-shaped hole” within them which can only be filled by God. The “God-shaped hole” is a craving of sorts.  A craving of the human heart for something outside itself.  And although people don’t realize it, it was actually God who placed this craving in people’s hearts, He, God, has planted eternity in the human heart – Ecclesiastes 3:11

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SO WHAT’S THE SOLUTION THEN?

More often than not, people seek to fulfill their cravings with everything, and anything, other than God.  Whether people attempt to fulfill their longings with work, relationships, money, family, etc. these will always come up short because fulfillment of these longings are only temporary and incomplete.

MAKE A CHOICE, MAKE A CHANGE …

Instead of chasing after the cravings of the world…

Your heavenly Father knows that you need them.Matthew 6:32

SEEK first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

 

 

** FOR MORE ON TEMPTATION SEE MY OTHER POSTS BELOW **

Are ALL People Tempted to “Do” Wrong??  –  TEMPTATION [5],  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-xt

RESPONSE TO READER’S COMMENT – Are ALL People Tempted to “Do” Wrong??  –  TEMPTATION [5] –  [6]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-xZ

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ALL Our “Needs” Will Be Met :) – Joy in Giving – PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 4) [11 of 11]

This post wraps up Paul’s letter to the Philippians.

Before Paul explains how we can experience Joy in Giving, he gives his readers a couple of important reminders…

—–  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. – Phil. 4:4-5

—- Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by 1. prayer and supplication (humbly asking or begging another to provide something) 2. with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And = the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –  Phil. 4:6-7

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Then Paul reminds his readers that they should focus their mind and thoughts on…

whatever is…

  •  true,
  • honorable,
  • right,
  • pure,
  • lovely,
  • commendable,

IF there is any excellence and IF anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. –  Phil. 4:8

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Lastly, Paul thanks the people of Philippi for their generosity.  He points out to them, that no other church gave him financial help when he brought them the Good News.  – Phil. 4:15-16

Although Paul says in verses 11-13,  …  I am not speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 

Nevertheless, Paul is appreciative and grateful for the Philippians care of him – Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. –  Phil 4:14

Let’s flip back a couple of books in our Bible from Philippians to 1 Corinthians.  In 1 Corinthians, Paul clearly sets an expectation for those who are receiving and benefiting from being taught the Gospel.  We have planted good spiritual seed among you.  Is it too much to ask, in return, for mere food and clothing?  If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported?  …The Lord gave orders that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.  –  1 Corinthians 9:11-12,14

 

SO HOW WILL I EXPERIENCE THE JOY IN GIVING?

Paul says, here is God’s promise to those who are generous.

This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  –  Phil 4:19

So God taught Paul two important lessons which he passes along to us…

  1.   How to be content in any circumstance.
  2.   He, God, is the provider of ALL our material and spiritual “needs”.

                                               god supplies our needs

 

IF YOU MISSED ANY OF THE PREVIOUS PHILIPPIANS POSTS, SEE THE LINKS BELOW:

Want to Know a Secret??  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Introduction)  – [1]  –   http://wp.me/p5nZpi-mp

Really??  There Can Be Joy In Suffering??  –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 1a)  –  [2]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-mF

Blessing and Being Blessed 🙂  –  Joy in Serving  –  PHILIPPIANS (Chapter 2a)   [4]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-nA

Yeah, but I’ve Got the “Creds”!!  –  Joy in Believing –  PHILIPPIANS  (Chapter 3a)   [8]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-sk

 

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Want to Know a Secret?? – PHILIPPIANS (Introduction) – [1]

My last post series was called “I Just Wanna Be Happy!!”,http://wp.me/p5nZpi-kK.

In that 4 part series, I touched on the difference between joy and happiness.  I suggested that it is better to experience joy, which perseveres and is ongoing, verses happiness, which is temporary and fleeting.

Today I’d like to introduce the Book of Philippians.  I have chosen this book to follow the series “I Just Wanna Be Happy!!” because it reveals the secret to experiencing joy.

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The Book of Philippians was a letter written by the Apostle Paul, in approximately A.D. 61, to a church, in the Macedonian city, of Philippi.  Paul had a special relationship with the Philippians. This letter expresses how much he cared for them, as well as, to thank them for the gift they sent him.

Keep in mind as we read this letter, that Paul wrote this letter while imprisoned in Philippi.

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Paul started the church at Philippi on his second missionary trip to the area.  Philippi was located in Greece, and was the first church established in Europe.  Below are ruins from Philippi.

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After Paul’s conversion, dated approximately A.D. 33-36 on the road to Damascus, he dedicated his life to serving the Lord. To read more about Paul’s conversion, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9%3A1-22&version=NLT.

On his journey he experienced terrible poverty, great wealth, and everything in-between.  No matter what his circumstance, Paul learned to be content. He says in Philippians 4:12, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need…

 

Keep an eye out for my next post, and discover the secret to Paul’s joy.

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