Having a game plan to live a great life is an integral art of living a successful, fulfilling life. A Worldly Obsession will help you to get your game on!A Worldly Obsession is the first Bible Study book that I wrote. This study was ‘born’ out of a desire to help people to be pro-active with their faith. To develop a ‘game plan’ to live life more intentionally. It is a 10 week study, and has space right in the book text to answer the questions. Based on the words of John, the apostle, in 1 John 2:15-17;
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”I agree with this wholeheartedly, but yet live in and among the struggles to DO this. The business world is awash in books, seminars and infomercials regarding goal setting and self inspection for setting standards for improvement. Why do we not see the same in the Christian circles? Just because we know we have a sin nature, and that the battle is real, that DOES NOT signal to me that we ignore the fight with our own flesh to pursue godliness. A Worldly Obsession is written to help you to do just this.
THE INTRODUCTION, AN EXERPT FOR YOU:
The world me we live in holds much fascination for us. We live in a country that is rich, and we are blessed with the latest and greatest of everything. We can contact anyone at any time, surf the Internet at will (whether at home or not), listen to our favorite music wherever we may be, and even watch television – all on our cell phones. There is no cause for us to ever feel lonely or bored, for we have gadgets to remedy that. The wonder of it is astounding. Yet, do we know anymore how to be silent? Do we let ourselves feel the loneliness from missing fellowship with the Lord when we’ve wandered off our own way? Do we even hear the quiet, gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit when we are tempted with the things of this world?
This study is intended to be personal. Please resist the temptation to apply this to anyone but yourself. Ask the Lord, right now, to show you where you may be led astray with regards to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. As Solomon so aptly wrote in Proverbs 3:34, “Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.” When Peter quotes this scripture in 1 Peter 5:5b, he says this, “Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to humble.'”
So as we begin, I want you to know that I have prayed for you. I have asked the Lord to help us, both you and me, to be willing to humbly bow our hearts before Him, with much fear and trembling, asking Him to give us the courage to see where we have gone astray, and to also see where we are weak, so that He can then help us to learn and apply all that is necessary for you and me to be able to stand. As Paul penned to the church at Ephesus, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13)