Living for God takes discipline. The world is full of people trying to tell you how to live your life and what is good by today’s standards. The Bible teaches us that in the last days, the world will be like that of the days of Noah. This means that people are going to be lovers of self and living for what is bad. The Bible teaches us that in the last days, people will consider good to be bad and bad to be good. I am seeing this today more than ever.
In the United States alone, most people are living for gadgets and anything that can give them pleasure. Most people are spending their money on electronics and computer gadgets. Most people would rather spend their time watching television or browsing their Facebook account instead of spending time with Jesus in prayer and reading the word of God.
How can you overcome living for this world and the things of this world? For starters, start watching less television. Limit your internet time to only an hour to a couple of hours a day. Make sure to always spend at least 30 minutes with God each day. Stay away from television programs that cause you to want to sin.
The generation that we are living in now will never again know the world without computers or television. I am the last generation to see a world without computers and television. When I grew up on the 70’s and 80’s, I did not know about the internet, cell phones or cable TV. Most of my time was spent reading the Holy Bible and spending time with Jesus in prayer. Today, kids are often given an IPad at the age of 3. They grow up absorbing most of their time in video games, cartoons and kids show. Parents today are often not sending their children to Sunday school or educating them about the Holy Bible. As a child spends his years absorbing pop culture, his/her mind is less in tune with the holy spirit.
Today, most youth between the ages of 18 and 35 are calling my prophetic ministry line asking me questions like, “When am I going to get married? Why doesn’t the guy/girl call me back? How come nobody wants me?” The trend that I am seeing in America today and around the world is that most men and women are hopping from one person to the next quickly. Most people that call me have more than 10 sexual partners before their 24th birthday. They also cannot hold onto a relationship for more than a year or two. Websites like Tinder make it easy for people to hook up for one night stands and casual dating encounters. Unless you have discipline to resist these temptations, they are going to bombard you.
Most Christians today are wondering what a real Christian is anymore. You often cannot tell a Christian from a non-believer. Most Christians that I speak to on the telephone are having one nights stands and acting like a non-believer. This is sad. I never saw anything like this before in my life. When I was a child, the word Christian meant something. Today, most men and women are living in sin and don’t care about what Jesus thinks.
Loneliness seems to be the main cause to why people are choosing to live in sin. When human beings get lonely, they tend to turn to one night stands, excessive television watching and internet usage. Most Christians and non-Christians alike dive into their sources of entertainment to avoid feeling all alone.
One of the trends that I see right now is people trying to live secret double lives. On the computer, they are one way and in person they are completely different. Today, many of my clients are sending sexy text messages to people that they are interested in. They are engaging in sexy conversations as well. Most people are trying to look sexy to turn the same or opposite sex on. We are living in a time in which people are trying to gain the attention of another person through sex appeal. They are also trying to make as much money as the possibly can to buy the luxuries of life.
Most people cannot afford to live an American lifestyle. To live an American lifestyle, you will need expensive items to entertain yourself with. These items include: television sets, IPad, cell phones, computers, cars, electronic gadgets, cable television, repairs for all your cars and electronics. The list continues and on. If you broke it down, the average person cannot afford these everyday items that we often take for granted.
When these gadgets break down, a repair can often cost a few hundred dollars to well over $2,000.00. How can the average person afford this when they are barely making over $30,000.00 a year? Most households in American earn a combined total of under $50,000.00 per year. If you add up all your gadgets and what it costs to live a basic everyday life, you are looking at living paycheck to paycheck. This causes anger and frustration in people. People often wonder how they are going to one day retire. It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults has a savings account for retirement. This means that every 3 adults out of 4 have no retirement savings money.
Without money, one cannot buy anything in this world. Gods people are suffering and so are those that are not of God. Eventually, we will come to be a society that will be rich and poor.
If you live for God, it is important to live by faith. We live in troubled economic times. Without Jesus, you simply cannot trust to live in a world with so much uncertainty. Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. We must rely upon the Lord to provide for us. Only he can make our paths straight. Praise God for giving us him to rely on.
When you get bored, read the Bible or listen to it on audio. Just do around 30 minutes a day if you can.
Please don’t give into lustful temptations. Eventually, you will watch your life crumble because you will feel like you keep on getting dumped by someone or someone just using you for one thing. Keep yourself pure and wait for the Lord to send the right person to. Fast and pray for Jesus to send you the perfect partner in life. Stay off websites that are too much to bare. Instead, pray and ask God for strength.