We live in the culture of our times. What we see, hear, smell, taste and touch mold the lives we live. Our five senses sets the stage of how we function.
The Kardashinan Influence
These lifestyle influences dictate so much of how we act. It seems in our times we are more intrigued by what
is happening with media personalities than with more important life issues, such as family, and spiritual matters.
For example: We are more concerned about what is happening with the Kardashinans than other people that really affect our lives. In a recent editorial article in the newspaper, it indicated we live in a “Celebrity Obsessed Culture.” influenced by entertainment celebrities.
The Greatest Celebrity
As every Psychologist will declare, we are a product of our surroundings and what we feed on mentally. Our culture is loaded with an amazing amount of influences. These are what makes us who we are.
Thankfully there is another influence that we can allow to affect our lives that can change everything. The greatest celebrity of all time is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one we want to focus on. There is nothing more spectacular than what Jesus Christ did for us and who we are as sons of God with Christ in us.
The Word of God
God knew what He was saying when He said, “Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Incorporating the Word of God in our lives as the dominating influence is one of the most challenging tasks man can take on. Few allow themselves to break away from the worldly influences to bask in the light of God’s glorious Word.
What we believe determines who we are and who we will become in the future. If we want to live as a Son of God, with incorruptible seed, filled with the spirit of God, having eternal life, we must start with God’s Word.
I Peter 1:23:
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Abideth means to have residence within.
The Spirit Realm vs The Fleshly Realm
Realizing that God is Spirit, we must adjust our thinking to be spiritually minded not five senses minded.
Romans 8:6 & 8:
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Thankfully God has given us His word which is spiritual food, that can
sustain us, regardless of the onslaughts of the worldly influences.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God wants us to know the depth of His love. He wants us to live a fulfilling and fruitful life. The world’s way soon gets frustrating and self serving. Those who have the most things tend to be the most stressed.
Can’t Help But Be Exciting!
People tend to seek an exciting life as portrayed in the movies and on TV. “ I want to experience the thrill of great relationships and adventures with meaningful accomplishments,” many will cry out.
When you look at what is available for the born again son of God in living this way, the world is no better than a B-rated movie filled with more commercials than content!
Look at what the Christian lifestyle consists of:
- Guarantee of eternal life with the Creator of the Universe and all life (I John 5:11 & 13).
- A daily, intimate relationship with God (I John 1:3).
- Having the love of God flooding our heart to live by (Romans 5:5).
- Fulfilling life with the occupation as an Ambassador for the Lord Jesus Christ (II Cor.5:20).
- Loving relationships based on unconditional love and forgiveness (Galatians 5:13).
- Retirement package of rewards for ever (John 4:36).
God has truly called us to live a marvelous life for Him. Our challenge is to control what lifestyle influences enter in our brains and incorporate the ones that allows us to function as sons of God with power and love.
A Great Read
God’s Word is loaded with an abundance of resources to tap into to live a purposed filled life that is a glory to God and a blessing to others.
One section I would like to recommend for your reading pleasure is II Corinthians 3:17 & 18 to II Corinthians 5:21. Here is the first and last Scriptures in this section to stir your spiritual appetite:
II Corinthians 3:18 & 5:20:
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
For he hath made him to be sin [sin offering] for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Let the truth of God’s Word be the only dominating influence in your life.