Satan, the enemy of our souls, is a powerful adversary with many weapons.  He is the father of lies and the master of evil with thousands of years of experience in how to tempt and distract people from God.  We are told to both resist him, stand firm in Christ, and to reject his sinfully seductive arguments and ways.

One of the ways he tempts us is with worldly pursuits that sound good including the pursuit of – not holiness and godliness – but the American dream. There’s nothing wrong with working for a living, paying our bills and taking care of our family, but we often take it much further to coveting or even the pursuit of wealth.

The enemy is dangerous enough, we don’t need to make his job easier by becoming obsessed with the pleasures of this world and things that overwhelm us with activities and fruitless pursuits. Sadly, we may one day find ourselves more distant from God and unable to hear His voice through His Word.

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss ways we can turn away from the temptations and busyness of life and find rest in God.

 

DISCUSSION

Is Satan more deceptive than powerful?

Is “the American dream” of God or is it really about our self-interests?

Humankind was created to work, but that work should be to the glory of God.

Where do we get our identity and what gives our lives meaning?

 

Quote Shared in Segment 2:

“God’s people have no assurances that the dark experiences of life will be held at bay, much less that God will provide some sort of running commentary on the meaning of each day’s allotment of confusion, boredom, pain, or achievement. It is no great matter where we are, provided we see that the Lord has placed us there, and that He is with us.” John Newton

 

It is better to go to a house of mourning
Than to go to a house of feasting,
Because that is the end of every man,
And the living takes it to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning,
While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure. Ecclesiastes 7:2-4

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14