If You Dance With the Devil......

You're gonna get burned.

Matt Papa writes, "Jesus commands us to love Him chiefly, not because He is arrogant or needy, but because He doesn't want us to love things which will betray us."

When we rush to meet our needs outside of God's provision, we sin. Unfortunately we usually see only the temporary pleasures and fail to see the long term consequences.

God's love for us is one of provision and protection. He wants us to enjoy life and its pleasures, but in a way that builds up rather than tearing down.

Jane and I are on vacation. It's been a good year, but both of us "needed" a break. We've enjoyed all the pleasures of life in the way God designed. It has reenergized both of us.
When we enjoy all the pleasures of life in the way the evil one desires, we are left "wasted."

I think of the prodigal son who had a rip roaring time, but ended up alone and sharing food in a pigs trough. Like the prodigal, we have a Father who is seeking to give us a ring and a robe, welcoming us back with the fullness of His love.

Let's learn to love things that are good, right and pure and the One from whom all good things come.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

James 1:17
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

On the road,
Joe