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Everyday Needs

A Few Words on the Sunday School Lesson Aim:

“That You will learn how to look to Jesus for eternal salvation and answers to everyday life.”

 maslow's hierarchy of needs

This week’s lesson, “The Way, The Truth, and The Life” is based on John 14:1-14. As I sat and meditated on the lesson aim, I realized that it portrays a common error that most Christians experience in their walk. We either

  1. Look to Christ for answers to everyday problems and neglect the eternal, or
  2. Look to Christ for eternal salvation and neglect that He can help with our daily problems.

Personally, I am able to truth Christ with certain areas of my life, but other areas present a problem for me. The major areas of our lives can be broken down as such (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • basic needs (i.e. food, shelter, clothing)
  • financial needs (i.e. money, jobs)
  • social/relationship needs (i.e. marriage, friendships, associations)
  • spiritual needs (spiritual growth, discernment)
  • mental/emotional needs (peace of mind, level of happiness, love & acceptance)

Take a  look over this list and ask yourself if you are allowing God free reign in these areas. Consider whether you have exercised childlike faith and trust towards God to handle these areas. If you find that you have not, ask God to show you the obstacle(s) that hinder you from complete trust in Him.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life: all that we need is in Him. He will instruct us how to live our lives in this world as we make preparation for the next. He will help us to walk in the light and to walk in truth. He is able to help us to experience the fullness of life that is possible in Him alone. Is Jesus your way? Is He your truth? Is He your life?

Where’s the Exit?

We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him]. (1 John 5:18)

We are bombarded by sin on every occasion. True, we could lock ourselves away and pretend to be hermits, but I don’t believe that would help us to carry out the Master’s Great Commission (See Matthew 28:18-20). So what do we do?

We have to come to realize that we are free from sin and that we have victory over sin. Most times, however, the battle against sin is not an external battle, but an internal battle. Our biggest enemy is the “inner me.” Yet, we do not have to fight the battle alone. We have One that watches over us and gives us the wisdom and strength to stand against sin in our lives.

When I am faced with temptation, the scripture that often comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 10:13,

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

When temptation comes and it is overbearing, ask God to provide a way of escape. I am a living witness that He will provide the way of escape. Yet, there remains one obstacle that each of us must face: 

Will I take the way of escape?

We already have the victory; it is our responsibility to maintain our position and stand our ground.

Stay Free

“For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.” (Romans 8:2, Amplified)

Have you ever been praying or meditating on God‘s word and, suddenly, an ungodly thought comes to mind? It may be a memory or a feeling or fantasy… but either way, it is in opposition to your current task.

This is the law of sin and death that is at work within us. As long as we live in this earth, sin will never stop pursuing us. As a matter of fact, after we become believers in Christ, sin’s main objective is to take us down. Whether it is to steal our focus, misdirect our affections, or to draw us away — sin is always at work.

Don’t feel bad, though. It’s our flesh that is a problem. The Bible teaches that the Spirit of God and our flesh are at war with one another. They cannot co-exist because they cannot agree. The flesh wants what God hates and the Spirit wants what the flesh hates. Yet, we must understand that we are already free from the bondage of sin and death. Christ has defeated sin, death, and the devil and, through Christ, we have power to maintain our position victory. So, we must choose: serve the Spirit or serve our flesh.

An old Cherokee told his grandson:
“My son, there is battle between two wolves inside us all
One is Evil.
It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego.
The other is Good.
It’s joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, & truth.”
The boy thought about it and asked:
“Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quiety replied:
“The one you feed.”

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