~ Christians Should Avoid Earthly Pleasure ~
Reality ~ The experience and testimony of Christians, especially those who continually seek to obey God, is that their life has never been happier or more fulfilling. Momentary pleasures are replaced with deep-seated joy, satisfaction, and ultimate pleasure. The earthly pleasures which a Christian experiences far surpass any pleasures they enjoyed before walking in God’s path. God created our world as a place of enjoyment—but at the same time we realize that this is not our final home “we’re just a passing through” as the old hymn states.
Scripture ~ King David declared: “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light” (Psalm 36:7-9). In another Psalm he said, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
Note ~ This is not to imply that Christians will not have trouble in this world. In fact, if they are living according to God’s desires and standards they will likely face more problems rather than less. But deep down will be a supernatural joy. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
Destination ~ Our future home in heaven will surpass all pleasure, enjoyment, and happiness that one can imagine.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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