People oftentimes develop a desire for something that is not in God’s plan for them. When they fail to attain what their heart is set on, the desire can build into intense, unrelenting pressure.
Christians who are consumed by covetousness have ceased to depend on God. To reach a goal, some will manipulate circumstances because they’ve lost faith in the Lord’s ability to know what is best and provide it. Such behavior indicates a rejection of God’s sovereignty. Then fear becomes an issue as the person chases harder and harder after the object of his desire.
The consequences of jealousy are painful: A believer’s spiritual sensitivity can be weakened to the point that he no longer hears when God speaks to him. As a Christian distances himself from the Lord, an envious attitude is likely to breed ungratefulness. It’s hard to be thankful for the things one has when the focus is on what’s lacking.
Covetousness leads to a life of tension and worry. Jethro wisely advised his son-in-law Moses to search for assistants who hated ill-gotten gain. These men were more interested in what God provided for them than in what they could acquire for themselves. If we want to be like them, we must focus on God’s purpose for our life. When we are sensitive to His voice, He will teach us to distinguish between desires falling within His will and those that lie beyond. As believers, we have the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to help us resist the lure of wrong desires. Covetousness does not have to be our downfall.
Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out, both yourself and [a]these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone. Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the disputes to God, then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do. Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.~Exodus 18:17-21
Humanity tends to project its own faulty habits onto God. Consider how God’s love is often seen: Many people assume we must barter, plead, or try hard to earn the Lord’s favor. But as the Prodigal Son learned, the Father’s love is unconditional.
The wayward boy returned home, not expecting to be loved as before; all he hoped for was a place among the family’s servants. Imagine the son’s delight at his dad’s greeting of a hug and a celebration. The boy’s actions surely didn’t merit an outpouring of affection, but Jesus’ parable is all about a Father who doesn’t give people what they deserve.
A love based on conduct would keep people wondering, Have I done enough? Instead, God cares for you simply because you’re you, and He expects nothing in return. Consider the Prodigal’s life after his homecoming party. He didn’t move into the servants’ quarters and go to work. He was reinstated to his place as the second son of a wealthy man, with all of the privilege that entails. In the same way, believers are the Lord’s cherished children. When God looks at His loved ones, He doesn’t focus on their past failures, faults, or sins. He sees the heirs to His kingdom—men and women who love Him and desire to spend eternity in His presence.
No matter how far we may wander from the Lord’s perfect will for our lives, we are always welcome back. The Bible teaches that God’s love cannot be lost, regardless of sin or poor decisions (though we may have to live with the consequences). Our Father’s arms are always open.
And He said, “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.~Luke 15:11-24
Someone asked me the other day if the Wod With God was a CrossFit thing? No, I replied. It is something that we wanted to incorporate into our website. The Wod With God was intended to strengthen people in their spiritual walk. We talk about strength all day in the gym but if we are weak spiritually that is more important than the physical. For those of you who have noticed that this hasn’t been posted as frequently than it had originally started, the only excuse is poor time management. The error is in becoming so busy and forgetting what matters most.
I beleive now more than ever we are under attack and the only way to overcome is to stay close to the Lord. We become complacent and go through the motions and that is when are most vulnerable. If our day starts out ill equipped and not mentally prepared to face the obstacles we face at work or home we will find our self defeated and frustrated.
I know people talk to me about how they prepare for their wod through out the day. After the wod is posted they start strategizing. What shoes to wear, what shorts do I squat in better, what to eat for lunch, how much water to drink and so on. What if we prepared our hearts and mind the same way everyday in the Truth. Satan is very subtle and knows when we are most vulnerable. One of the strongest tools he has in how micromanaged our lifes have become and how little time we spend with the Lord because everything else takes precedence.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10
How many times have you recited the Lord’s prayer and at the end, say in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The trinity is the union of three in one Godhead. Some people may not understand what that means or that as a humans, we too are composed of three parts because we are made in God’s image. Body, soul and spirit. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Our human will stands in guard until we surrender our will to the Lord’s. The Holy Spirit takes residence within you and bears witness with our spirit. Man not only has a living soul but he is a living soul. The Bible says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” Genesis 2:7. The body is the tabernacle of the Spirit. While on earth we have our present body but for those who have beleived will be renewed. So much excitement about what God promises.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14
Do you struggle with trust? Trusting in anything apart from the Lord puts us all in a dangerous spot. We hear rumors of more terror attacks, he go to the grocery store and wonder how much it is going to cost for three bags of groceries, our local news usually has some face attached to a horrible crime. So, how do we trust? Sometimes the people we love the most, let us down. Causing us to question love and loyalty. The bible tells us to commit our way to the Lord, trust in him. If we align ourselves in God’s word everyday, our desires become God’s desires. We find that the things of this world are not out of the Lord’s grasp. We are not shaken and devastated by what Satan is out to destroy because God is greater. Make him your heart’s desire and you will not be disappointed or alone. Trust is opposite of fear. It is the remedy of overcoming your obstacles in life.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
One thing I love about CrossFit is how it humbles us. No matter what your strength is you will have a weakness somewhere. Our weakness humbles us in the gym and in life. If life was smooth sailing and we were great at everything and never had any problems, would we depend on God for anything? Romans 8:28, and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. What this means is God uses everything in believers’ lives and everything encompasses good and bad. But the difficult things cause us to be broken and transformed in his likeness. Everything that happens to us, the easy, the difficult, saddness and pain have a purpose, that is to make us more like Jesus. The “good” in Romans 8:28 is referring to the eternal good. The spiritual goodness that last forever not just here on for the time on earth. Which when compared to eternity will be like a blink of an eye.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
The topic of the news headline story on ABC was the Crisis Point. Our country, our world, our homes, our schools, our jobs are all at a crisis point right now. You get the feeling of despair when you hear the details of what is going on all around us. Our future is very unpredictable for all of us on earth. But if we focus on the truth that has been here since the beginning of time, literally we see that we are told of uncertain times and who we should have our trust in. The word of God tells us about in the beginning and it also has words of wisdom for the middle and the end. God says,I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. One of the meanings of Jesus being the “Alpha and Omega” is that He was at the beginning of all things and will be at the close. It is equivalent to saying He always existed and always will exist. John 1:3, All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Trusting in the creator of all things relieves any despair and supplies peace. He may not reveal things to you the way you think he should but He is in control and wants you to trust in him. He is found in the first verse of Genesis and in the last verse of Revelation. There is no other like him.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.