Ultimately everybody is looking for and searching for the same thing. Happiness, peace, acceptance, respect and understanding. We all want to feel loved, accepted, understood and worthy and valuable. The greatest reason for misery in the world today and for people making poor choices is the lack of feeling worthy, valuable and respected. I’m going to map out the most common behaviors that people in the society today are struggling and dealing with, that comes from a lack of feeling these things. To try to comfort our flesh with a feeling of worthiness, acceptance and respect we chase mirages, mirages are something that seems like something that can quench our thirst for happiness, but is just an illusion and something that brings either none or just a momentary feeling or sensation of happiness and comfort. Most of us do chase or has chased mirages in one way or another. But it’s time now to find true happiness, the kind of happiness that can only come from the inside by obedience to God.
Things people do to get a false feel of being accepted, worthy and happy:
1. Drugs and alcohol
Many people are walking the broader path when it comes to unhealthy eating and drinking habits. It gives momentary comfort but brings lots of problems and destruction in the end. Drugs and alcohol is one of them. On Saturday evening you may feel comfort, you feel good relaxed when the alcohol is in your body. You feel accepted and respected by your friends because you are normal, you are doing the same thing like everybody else. It feels and seems like the right thing to do and everybody else around you is nodding in your direction and not opposing what you are doing. Then on Sunday morning, your body is letting you know that this is not good for you, this is not the right thing to do to your body, but you ignore the warning signals and do the same thing the next weekend or the next party. The body will keep on signaling to you in different ways that what you’re doing is not working in cooperation with the body and what it needs. But hey, everybody else is doing it right? So it must be ok and it must be right. That’s what most people think and what most people do.
But the right religious thing to do is to listen to your body, ask and consult God what He thinks is best for you. Is this a good way to live in the long run for you? Don’t think about what everybody else are doing, but think about you. Your health and how this living will affect your body in the long run. You may not experience any severe damage or side effects now, but you risk experience it later. As most people in our society today knows, alcohol and drugs brings damage and destruction to brain and body if consumed enough over longer periods of time. We have the wisdom of what’s good and right for us, but we still have the choice to choose the wrong choice that leads to destruction in the end.
God says: I put before you the choice of life and death, choose life.
2. Unhealthy eating habits and addictions and lifestyle
In today’s society we have great amounts of wisdom and knowledge of what’s good for us and what’s not. Still so many choose to practice the unwise and unhealthy way to live. Why? Because of the lack of discipline, self-control and the will and the strength to change. When you want something bad enough you will succeed in getting it one way or the other. If you really want to lose weight you will succeed if you’re just determined enough and refuse to give up until your health, weight or shape is where you want it to be. Eat food that contains life. Fruits, vegetables and food cooked and processed in a good healthy way. Avoid processed food, junk food, and keep sweets and candy to a minimum. Be disciplined in your eating and exercising habits. Don’t drink, don’t smoke and don’t do drugs. Your health will thank you for this and God will be grateful for that you are taking care of the body that He gave you.
3. Promiscuity, adultery and cheating
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Most people in today’s society have an unhealthy relationship and attitude towards sex. Some people freeze and feel uncomfortable just hearing the word, other people are too open for talking about the subject. We need a healthier attitude towards sex, and to get this we need to talk about sex in the right manner. Sex is the root of many problems and struggles that many people are dealing with today. We have sexual transmittable diseases, unwanted pregnancies and abortions, we have marriages and relationship’s falling apart because of cheating and adultery. All of this should tell us that the society today does not have a healthy relationship towards sex. If we want the next generation to succeed in having a healthier and more righteous attitude and behavior when it comes to sexual immorality, then we in this generation needs to make some changes and correction in our own morals and attitudes. The right religious thing to do, is to wait until you’re married, it is the will of God for a very good reason. Immoral sexual behavior creates unnecessary messes in your physical and in your spiritual world that could have been avoided by obeying God’s commandment. God’s will for your life is peace. God does not want to keep us from fun or enjoyment, which is a thing that many people are deceived to believe by evil spirits. God wants us to have a peaceful and happy life, free of STD’S, unwanted pregnancy and abortions and a life of regrets. Many people have failed to have somebody preach messages like this to them when they were younger, which may could have helped them avoid a lot of unwanted situations and complications, but let us learn from the previous generations mistakes and start teaching our children and the generation after us good, righteous and moral sexual behavior. It may save lives.
To choose to wait until you’re married is to walk the narrow path. It is to choose the road that leads to life, and the road that pleases God. Many people have already failed to walk this path, but with God you always get a chance to turn around and make the right choice here and now. If you’ve had promiscuous behavior and committed adultery in the past, you can choose to change your ways here and now. You can from this moment give your promise to God to walk the narrow path that He has now guided you towards, that will lead to life. And you will see that the will of God for your life is happiness and comfort through righteousness and obeying His word.
“1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.”
What causes so many people to unrighteous and immoral behavior?
1. Ignorance, and lack of understanding of the consequences of immoral sexual behavior, not only physical like STD’s, unwanted pregnancy and abortions, but also spiritual like separation from God and giving evil spirits the upper hand in your life.
2. Chasing mirages. Like many people chase material mirages to get a momentary feeling of pleasure and joy, many people do the same thing sexually. They are deceived to think that they will find a feeling of love or worthiness or respect. Men often do it in the fear of not being accepted or respected, since in the society today it is popular, accepted and almost expected for men to have several partners. Women do in the search of affection, love and a feeling of worthiness. Depending on the personality all of these things are what people are searching for.
3. The fear of what other people think vs. everybody else is doing it. Depending on what culture you are coming from this may relate to you or not relate to you. In the western society sex is accepted and more rarely saved for marriage than not. What will people think if I choose to walk the narrow path and save sex until marriage, when everybody else is doing the opposite?
When everybody else is doing something, it is considered as normal and accepted. And when you choose to stray away from what everybody else is doing and choose differently, you may be looked at as un-normal, you may experience rejection, mocking, not being accepted or understood. This is fears that many people faces in the midst of making a right decision and in obeying God. The fear of other people’s opinions is what causes most people to walk the broader path and the road that leads to misery, unhappiness, regrets and failure.
God gives us a choice; He sets before us the choice of choosing life or death. Choose life He says, choose to obey him and follow His lead by following His word and will. The more you know the more responsibility you have. Now you have more knowledge of God’s will for you than what you had before you read this message. God has now given you more wisdom and a choice to follow it and to do the right thing.
Choose to follow His advice and His wisdom, choose life and you will see miracles start to happen in your life. I will end this message with a prayer for you, and if you pray this together with me and utter the words out of your own mouth the power of the prayer will be even more powerful: “Dear God, I pray to you that you may help me out of ignorance, open my eyes to the way that I am living my life and help me see the changes I need to make to be happy. Help me to be led by Your Spirit so that I can make right choices for me and for the people around me. I pray that you will now give me the guidance and revelation needed for me to live a life according to my life purpose. Amen.”
“Ephesians 4:18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.”
“1 Peter 4:2 As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. “
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