Do not pursue vain things
1 Samuel 12:20,21,22 -
20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;
21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
This chapter of Samuel is one of my favorites. When I was under temptation this scripture and the grace of God helped me turn back and give up on those thoughts.
We have many things in life which we pursue and of these there are those which take us away from the Lord. If we come to the truth of them, they have no value in them - just vanity. They may fulfill the desire of our flesh - but our flesh dies. They may fulfill the desire of our ego - but it is our ego which becomes the hurdle when we pass though the eye of the needle.
When God calls anything a sin or instructs us not to do it. It is not because He does not want us to enjoy life, it is because either these things will keep is busy and prevent us from enjoying more of eternal life or completely destroy our eternal life.
The nature of Satan induced in us via Adam has one purpose - to destroy us by not letting us receive our eternal life. For this it keeps us busy and lost with things that have no reason or value. So let us open our spiritual eyes and see what we are doing which is not helping us prosper in the Lord and making up our minds let us work to keep away from them. At the same time let us pray for the grace of God to overcome them.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, You have great plans for us. All your plans are for our good, to prosper us. Lord, let not Satan and the nature which he has induced in us let us be lost in vanity. Open our eyes to these areas in our lives and give us the grace to overcome them. I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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