Overcoming Temptations

1 John 2:15-17
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever,” 1 John 2:17.

The United States Declaration of Independence states that “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” are our God-given, “Unalienable Rights.” I am thankful for the freedom we have in this country and for the men and women who have fought to protect them. I also  really have no problem with the pursuit of happiness; I think everyone is on that journey. The question we need to answer is, What provides the most happiness? The answer to that question is found in God; that is, the utmost enjoyment to be had in life is found in the presence and pursuit of God. Unfortunately, many people are trying to satisfy their hunger for God with worldly pursuits.
In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis put it like this, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
The world, along with its desires, is fleeting. The way to overcome the temptations of the world is to find ultimate satisfaction and pleasure in the person and will of God. Do not be satisfied with merely worldly pursuits and pleasures. The pleasures of God are eternal.
Will you find ultimate satisfaction in God today?
Mark Clements

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