Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
~Romans 8:5, NIV
The flesh is both consistent and persistent: it always fails to please God and it never relents.
Life is so unpredictable. Things can be going great one minute and the next, all hades breaks lose. My flesh has been screaming for attention lately. We have a beautiful little granddaughter who is 4 years old and she is spoiled rotten. When she is in the room, she demands attention. She will boldly call attention to herself, “Granddaddy, watch me…listen to me.” She doesn’t want some of the attention, she wants it all and she is not bashful about asking for it. It’s like my fleshy nature, it constantly fights for attention. It is relentless–it never gives up. I recognize the flesh but I do not trust it.
Have you noticed that people today are putting their trust in the wrong objects. Some trust Obama as if he is some sort of savior. Some trust Hillary even though she is a proven liar. She is like her husband, she would have to stop and think in order to tell the truth. She lies like you and I breathe. Some of these poor idiots still trust the democratic party while others put their faith in education and science. We Americans have as many gods as there are days of the year and two of biggest idols in the US are sports and entertainment.
Isaiah the prophet lives in similar times. The people of Judah where worshiping every god under the sun except the One God who created the sun. They too, acted like fools, putting their trust in political leaders, false gods and material wealth. Isaiah said, “When the end comes you will curse the gods you trusted.”
Some years ago, a man who was a dear friend came by my office and sat down. He made the following confession: “I’ve raked and scraped all my life to save a little money so we could do some things when we got older but now that we have the money, we are not able to do anything.” He didn’t understand what he was doing, but he was cursing the god of money. His pursuit of wealth lead him to a dead end. Be very careful what you trust. If I were you, I would not trust Trump, Hillary, Obama, or any other politician. Neither would I trust sports, entertainment or wealth. You don’t have to take my advice but if you do not, someday you will curse these gods you trusted because they are going to let you down.
- GOLDEN GIRLS tomorrow: 9:00 AM at Cracker Barrel in Hartselle.
- Sunday Schedule is jam packed: Deacons meeting at 8:15, LCBS at 9:15, Worship at 10:15 and 6:15, Business meeting following am worship, TRUNK-A-TREAT planning meeting at 5:00, AWANA and Visitation at 5:30.
- Business Meeting will feature a report from Pastor Search Committee and we need to elect two Executive Committee Members for the Tuesday night meeting.
The Red Bandanna
I talked with Earl Jacobs this week and he was telling me about Tom Rinaldi’s book, the RED BANDANNA. It is about a man who died in the World Trade Center towers. He had a chance to save himself but he choose to stay and save others. I thought one of you avid readers like Don Fields might want to check it out.