Fatal attraction

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:33-37‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Fatal attraction

I remember years ago having gone to the Iowa State Fair on a Friday night. It was the annual East side night, and I and a friend, Ray Ruble, went to eat some turkey legs and enjoy the annual spectacle.

East side night at the Fair is a spectacle unto itself, as the people of the surrounding neighborhood flood into the grounds. Many mullets and sleeveless teeshirts can be seen, as the Fair takes on an interesting, yet rustic character.

Late in the evening, Ray and I found ourselves at the midway. I think Ray was the first to sense the change in the ambiance of the surroundings, as he remarked that he could feel evil around him. The smell of booze and weed filled the air. I looked about, and I too could sense evil, as the day turned to night, and the people of the sun, gave away to the people of the darkness.

I remember telling Ray that the evil one likes the bright lights, for they draw souls to the pit of hell, like moths drawn to a flame. The evil one uses beauty and spectacle to entice the unsuspecting, for he knows that we crave to satisfy ourselves, for we are sensual.

He has used the same temptations since the garden. He has given us a fatal attraction, like he presented to Adam and Eve.

“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
I John 2:16 NKJV

The modern follower of Jesus must be on guard against the wiles of the devil, for we too can be susceptible and find ourselves lured away from the narrow path. Once again in Psalm one hundred nineteen, I was reminded of the power of the word of God to preserve one in the time of temptation.

As we take in the word, it transforms us from the inside out, even going so far as to change the desires of our hearts. I have noticed that as I have abided in the Lord more, He has affected what I am willing to allow into my eye gate. Much of the media I used to consume has become less appealing to me.

I have especially seen this in my choices of worship music. I used to be into the music that was good at conjuring up good, warm, fuzzy feelings, creating “worshipful” feeling, or a spiritual energy where there was none.

As I have drawn closer to the Lord, my music has become far more meaty, deep, afflicting my soul with sometimes harsh biblical truth. I am no longer moved by simple chord progressions designed to make me feel emotional, but moved by text that pushes truth into my heart.

Brothers and sisters, we are at a critical time, as the devil is going into a full court press, as he seeks to defeat the children of God. He has successfully infected the church with spectacle, as many congregations have sought to use the same methods of the world to draw people into the pews.

The result is the loss of the emphasis of the Gospel, discipleship and holiness. People are drawn often to the music, the smoke and lights, and the solid biblical teaching has been all but lost. We are as moths drawn to the flame, drawn to a fatal attraction.

The only rescue for us is the Holy Word of God.

I urge you my brothers and sisters, to cling to the word. Seek the wisdom of God, and allow it to transform your desires, that you no longer be drawn to useless things. The word of God raises the standard for us, as the bar is eternally high, for His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.”
I John 2:18-19 NKJV

We are surely in the last hour, the zero hour, as the world we know and love is falling away…fast. We are seeing the antichrists everywhere, and many are running after them.

Many are falling away, even though their bodies still occupy the pews.

It is time to abide in the Lord, for the storm is coming, and we need to hold onto what is solid, which is Christ.

We have been called to be on mission, bringing the Good News to the world. May all that we say and all that we do reflect Jesus, and may we have the correct answer when we are confronted over our faith.

“So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, For I have hoped in Your ordinances. So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever.”
Psalms 119:42-44 NKJV

Have a Fabulous Friday!

#praythathegospelgothroughouttheworld

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One thought on “Fatal attraction

  1. Amen and amen! This is a great reminder that life is not about money, cars, or other stuff. Life is Christ! Philippians chapter 1. I love your Reminders Bernie! Also, I agree with you on the music 🙂

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