I’ve got good news and bad news. First the good.

Life is a mountain to climb.  It may not be easy but in most cases, the journey will be satisfying and rewarding. You can get there from here if you’re willing to give it everything you’ve got.

Now the bad news. The road to your destination is laden with land mines. Take a wrong step and your journey can blow up in your face. Some of these we recover from; but some really destructive blasts bring consequences from which there is no full recovery.

This mountain metaphor is pretty accurate. We’ve all got mountains to climb but hope is on the horizon. If you look hard enough, you may be able to see the top of the peak from here.

But what about the landmines of our journey? What do they represent? Brace yourself. Are you sitting down?

They’re idols. That’s right, idols.

Idols that can destroy us if we let them and they are everywhere you look.

“Idols”, you say? “Naw, they died out when we evolved to know better. We’re an educated people. The human race doesn’t go for that stuff anymore except maybe in the jungle.”

While your argument may sound good, it belies the very strategy of Satan. You do believe in Satan don’t you? I’m asking because there are lot of people who believe that the idea of Satan is just a myth.

No Satan, no idols, no problem right? Hmmm

The Bible tells us that Satan is real. He is a liar and the Father of Lies. That means that his very essence is to get us to believe in life as we want it to be instead of life as it actually is. When he gets someone to believe that he doesn’t exist, it virtually eliminates any resistance to temptation. You wouldn’t even attempt to fight an enemy that you didn’t think you had, would you?

The Bible also tells us that his power will increase on the earth over time leading to his final evil act when he gives power to the Beast and the Anti-Christ to deceive millions all at once. See Revelation 13

Satan is real dude. Face it. His power and influence can be seen everywhere.

“Lord, give us eyes to see.”

So what are your idols? An unholy alliance with your favorite sports team? A preoccupation with that shiny new car? Your preferred flavor of sexual deviance? Too much rich food that damages your temple and renders you unable to walk up a flight of stairs? Hey, I’m speaking to myself here too Bro. That said, if the proverbial shoe fits, by all means, wear it!

Isn’t it time we give up on the things that we think will bring us greater happiness and lean instead, into a God who has never failed us?

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
  they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lam. 3: 22-23

That mountain will be a lot easier to climb if you’ll quit shooting yourself in the foot.

I’m just sayin’…

Something to think about.

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