"Dear Brothers and Sisters, Pattern Your Lives after Mine. and Learn from those who follow our example. For I have told you often before, and I say It again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose Conduct shows they are really enemies of the Cross. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite(belly), THEY BRAG ABOUT SHAMEFUL THINGS, and they think only about this life here on earth". (Phil 3:17-19)
Waking up each morning to the blazing glory of the sun created by the Very King of Glory himself, you cant help but just fantasize about how majestic his throne room is. And then you turn over to his most cherished creation, how they have turned away from him and put him in constant tears: And then you just wonder--what has gone wrong?
My Paternal Grandma always had a saying (guess it is an Efik Proverb 'Ekpe aman Fi, afo abiet Ebot") which translates 'How could one be born of a lion(ess) and yet behave like a goat? Same thing I see with the Human creation. The world format is changing; to be cool, you need to be a fool. Creation is cracked. The law of "Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion" has dominated the world. Common sense is now so rare, such that if you possess it, you are seen as being 'retarded".
The Prince of this world has sure raised his standard. I remember few seasons ago when Chelsea FC (I'm happy that they knocked FCB out last night though) raised the standard of the premier league: the beginning moments of the Roman Abramovich-Mourinho Era. All other English clubs including my beloved MUFC were all left in daze: Mourinho wrapped up two league titles in succession, silenced the English league and showed that with a strong financial backing, Trophies can be delivered almost at will. Well, needless to say what is going on in the league now. Same way, the "Prince of this world' has also raised his standard. Sin is now made lucrative. post a nude video on Facebook or YouTube and see how many viewers you will have in the next 2 hours, also how many phone calls you will receive if you dare let your number known. Since my years of sojourn on the internet, I have never seen a good video become viral.
An artiste is likely to harvest more fans by saying the wrong things and doing the weirdest stuffs. A child born into this generation would think its very owk to be losing virginity at 12 when he/she is supposed to be losing teeth. How much can you blame the children. They are products of an evil and perverse generation. Acts 2:40 "Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his
listeners, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!" and Phil 2:15 "so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault
in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in
the universe". No doubt, the generation is evil: Sin is becoming more lucrative and for a large chunk of this, the entertainment industry is highly responsible.
When you get paid large sums to bare your nakedness to the world, you ask yourself 'really? So I can be paid millions of notes just to show the world my body>>And then, it becomes more lucrative and so you gradually lose your conscience and face of shame because of your huge appetite for fame and money. Gradually, sin becomes a norm; a daily practice. And then you reason out, if sin could make me a millionaire for practically doing nothing, what's the big deal after all".
Many undermine the cunning nature of the devil. He would do anything to get a soul to his Kingdom knowing fully well the doom that will befall him. Even if it means giving you the entire world. He demonstrated his power over worldly wealth during the Temptation of Christ (My saviour) in Luke 4:5-7.
5 Then the Devil took him up and showed him in a second all the kingdoms of the world.6
I will give you all this power and all this wealth, the Devil told him.
It has all been handed over to me, and I can give it to anyone I choose.7 All this will be yours, then, if you worship me.
Notice a few things
1. In a second----------That's all the time it takes for the devil to trap one with Lucrative offers of wealth and riches. Therefore this is why it is of utmost importance to "watch and pray, Lest ye fall into Temptation"(Matt 26:41, Mk 14:38).
2. Power and Wealth and also "handed over to me"---------This transaction took place at Eden's garden when Adam fell and let the control of everything into the devils hand. Christ came to restore the dignity and power of Mankind.
Reading through the Open heavens daily devotional by Daddy G O (Pastor E. A. Adeboye), the message for Tuesday 24th April 2012 reads "God the Belly". Quoting text from Philippians 3 vs 19, Daddy G O expounds further on how the belly has led many to doing what should never be done. You dare not speak openly against Gay rights or you would never win an elected seat in America. Really? Why then did God create man and woman? If God loved Gay practices, he would have created another man of the same make-up like Adam instead of forming a woman when he noticed that Adam was Lonely. Well, like always, every one is entitled to his or her opinion and sexual preference too. Something has definitely gone berserk in the human mind.
And then the YOLO syndrome that causes people to do insane things. Common sense should tell anyone that if YOLO, then you ought to be more careful with your life. Anyway, like i pointed out earlier, Common sense is not readily found in our world today: now you must hit a fortune to afford that.
"They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite(belly), THEY BRAG ABOUT SHAMEFUL THINGS, and they think only about this life here on earth". (Phil 3:17-19).
The world today brags about shameful things"----My daily sojourn on twitter has shown me that. You see tweets like: I'm a bad bitch, I live for pussy, and all manner of co-joined words. Of course, words as such would garner you more followers at the expense of others whose tweets have no sex appeal.
Thinking of life as being solely on earth is one big illusion wise people cannot afford to have.
(To be Continued)