Become A More Spiritual Person Today

Lesson 1: Too Much Emphasis On Things

Before the Lord God created man on the earth He firstly prepared for him by making a creation of valuable and pleasant things for his nourishment and joy. In Genesis the account of the creation of these are named plainly "things." They were produced for man's uses, all the same, they were meant always to be external to the man and submissive to him.


All the same, sin has introduced complications and has made those very gifts from God a potential source of downfall to the soul. It might be time for man to readjust their spiritual relationship. Automobiles, apparel, food, alcohol, and the world pushes excess in everything we do. Everything we own ought to be purchased or in use excessively.


How many of us feel pressed to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ to buy the up-to-the-minute model of our favorite automobile but at the expense of our funds - running up charge card bills and constant debt. Don’t get me wrong God wishes us to love life and have good and nice items however the question is ‘How much accent and value do we place on the items we own’ and do we place a bigger emphasis than that of God?


God is an envious God and only He alone deserves all the worship and honor - God is too glorious to be replaced by an automobile!


Know What’s Important


Our problems began when "items" were allowed to take over. Inside the human heart "items" have laid claim. Men have now of course no peace within their hearts. This isn't a simple metaphor, but an exact analysis of our true spiritual hassles. As people our nature is to own, constantly to possess. We covet "items" with a rich and fierce love. "my" and "mine" look innocent enough in print, but their never-ending and universal use is substantial.


They communicate the true nature of man. They're verbal symptoms of our secret disease. Our hearts have gone to items, and we dare not lose one thing or we will perish. Things have become crucial to us, a matter never in the beginning intended. God's gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the atrocious substitution.


It would seem that there's inside each of us an enemy which we endure at our risk. Its main characteristic is its possessiveness. The way to deeper knowledge of God is by soul poorness and denial of items. The blessed ones who own the Kingdom are they who have relinquished every external thing and have taken from their hearts all sense of possessing. Let me advocate that you take this earnestly.


It's a marker on the route to your spiritual recovery. We dare not try to simply ignore it. We will have to do it a step at a time. If we reject one step we bring our progress to an end. Our gifts and talents should be turned over to our Higher Power. They ought to be acknowledged for what they are, God's loan to us, and should never be entertained as our own.


We have no more right to take credit for certain abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles. If we'd like to be in growing familiarity with our spirituality we have to understand this. There are times when we become discouraged and exhausted and don't believe that we may go on. There are times when our nerves are shot and we're ready to quit.


But God may take the little we have, and when we give it to Him, we'll be amazed to see what God will do and may do in our lives. We have to take what we have regardless how small or big it is, and give it to Him. Obedience leads to blessings. God's power to supply will forever exceed our capability of receiving. God pours out His blessings when we're willing to pour out what we have. God may fill every need, and move each mountain, and solve every issue.


What To Ask For:

Father, I want to be closer, but my coward heart is afraid to give up its toys. I can't part with them without feeling bad. I ask for your help. Please remove from my heart all those items which have become a true part of my life, so that I may be closer. Then shall my heart will feel full, for you'll be there.

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