Hey guys! It’s Alyssa, I hope you’re having a great day! Lately I’ve been trying to soak up the last few weeks of my last summer before senior year! I am so excited for our conversation today, so lets dig into it!
This summer I challenged myself to make reading my Bible an everyday type of thing after what happened to my faith last school year. So often last school year when I was faced with the decision to choose this or that, it was often my faith that was compromised. I never realized that I was doing this until it was too late. I strayed away from God and became farther and farther away from God. I was choosing the world and its offerings rather than the Word and the beauty that God reveals in it.
In James 4:4 says: “Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
If we choose to indulge in what this world has to offer, we turn against God. For me, I chose my studies and work over God. School is a great thing, and working is great, but God didn’t design those to separate us from Him. School can be a great place to share and challenge your faith, but it should not be idolized. I chose to work 3 jobs, enroll in nursing courses, and do my high school classes along with my various clubs and school involvement over my relationship with Jesus. I often spent my Sundays at Starbucks doing homework all day, or catching up on sleep because I was up until 3 in the morning every night.
Our society glorifies lives being busy, and if your life isn’t busy, then “you aren’t successful”. God made the sabbath for Christians to have a chance to unwind and be with Him. Satan uses busyness to separate us from God, and it’s vital that we recognize this before it’s too late.
Temptations of busyness are bound to happen, and James 1:13-15 says: “When tempted, no one should say “God is tempting me”. For God cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt anyone, but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death.”
God is not the one who tempts us, but Satan. When worldly desires consume our heart is when we separate ourselves from God. We see this in the earliest of days, with Adam and Eve. God told Adam and Eve they can eat from any tree in the garden besides just one, simple enough right? Well their Earthly ways took over their hearts. Both Adam and Eve ate from the tree, and sin entered the world. When God asked if she ate the fruit, Eve replied and said “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13)
Satan can and WILL tempt us all at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s not with eating from a tree. Maybe it’s with our busyness, our language, or even a relationship. The most important thing about temptation is that we are not stuck in it. Jesus came to make a way to let us flee from our sin and temptations, all we have to do is say yes to Him. It is as simple as admitting that you have a sin problem, that Jesus came to make a way to fix that problem, and you want to follow Jesus for the rest of your life.
And then suddenly after you pray that prayer, your eternity direction does a complete 180! Guys, I URGE you if you haven’t prayed for salvation yet, that you truly consider it. We know that sin leads to death (James 1:15), but Jesus came to die our death so that we may be with Him one day! You never are guaranteed your next breath, and what peace you can have knowing that whatever happens, you are FREE and RELEASED from your “sin sentence” and you know exactly where you are going!
I encourage you to make a challenge of yourself from this post. Maybe you decided to take a step back and get rid of a source of your busyness that keeps you from God, maybe you decided to flee from your worldly temptation, or to follow Jesus for the first time. Comment down below what you were challenged by & your decision you made!
I love you guys and I’m praying for you this week!