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Published On : June 18, 1999

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No Fulfillment Without God, Satan's Tactics And Man's Sins,
Our Artificial World, Futility Of Worldly Possessions, A
Higher Vision, God Of This World, Resisting The Tempter, One
Of Two Paths, Way To Fulfillment And Life, Your Time Is Now,
Endtime Mockers, Will You Take The High Road Or The Low Road




Allow me to ask you an honest question : Have there been
times in your personal life when you have felt that you have
been aimlessly wandering down the highway of life without
any real sense of direction? Even if you do have set goals
in your life, some of which you have been able to achieve,
have there been times when you have felt an uncomfortable
feeling deep down within yourself; a feeling of
dissatisfaction, of futility, and of emptiness which just
seems to gnaw at your being, in spite of all of your worldly
success? When that happens, does it cause you to wonder if
there might not be more to this life than just doing your
daily, monotonous, robotic work routine?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then
you're by no means alone. In fact, I would dare say that the
majority of people feel just like you, no matter who they
are, or what part of the world they may be from, or what
their social status might be. Why is this?

The simple truth of the matter is that the human spirit was
never meant to be fully satisfied with carnal, earthly
things apart from its Creator. It is incomplete when it is
out of union, and out of sync, with our Heavenly Father. Our
inner spirit longs to bathe in the Spiritual Light of His
Presence, just as Adam and Eve enjoyed direct fellowship
with the Lord prior to their fall in the Garden of Eden. In
the Book of Genesis we read:

"And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the
garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the
trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and
said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy
voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked;
and I hid myself." Genesis 3:8-10, KJV

It was the sins of pride and rebellion, and not being
satisfied with what they had, which destroyed the wonderful
relationship which Adam and Eve had with the Lord. The Bible
tells us quite plainly that the incessant desire to
accumulate physical things in this life in order to try to
satisfy the true needs of our spirit, is not only not of
God, but is in fact inspired by Satan, the god of this
current world, and the Prince of Darkness, who does
everything within his power to keep us all so busy living
and surviving in this human ratrace, and so busy trying to
fulfill the desires of our flesh, that we devote very
little, or no time, to ponder and worship our Creator, or to
admire His marvellous natural creation.

Through Satan's inspiration, man has created a totally
artificial environment of concrete cities, which are full of
noise and confusion, violence and every imaginable
perversion under the sun. In speaking of the futility of
accumulating wealth and physical possessions in this life,
Jesus, the Gospel writers, and the Apostles James and Paul
said the following :

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth
and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not
break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there
will your heart be also." Matthew 6:19-21, KJV

"...Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly
enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you,
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
Matthew 19:23,24, KJV

"...Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches
to enter into the kingdom of God!"Mark 10:24b, KJV

"And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the
fashion of this world passeth away."
1 Corinthians 7:31, KJV

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we
brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can
carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be
therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into
temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful
lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the
love of money is the root of all evil: which while some
coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows."
1 Timothy 6:6-10, KJV

"Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries
that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and
your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is
cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against
you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have
heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire
of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is
of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them
which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of
sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been
wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of
slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he
doth not resist you. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto
the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for
the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for
it, until he receive the early and latter rain."
James 5:1-7, KJV

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is
not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world."
1 John 2:15,16, KJV

The Patriarchs of old were fully aware of the temporality of
the things of this world; and it is for this reason that
they clearly desired something much better. Even Moses, who
was raised in the rich, affluent household of the Egyptian
pharaoh, eventually grew to understand the deceitfulness of
fame and riches; and this is why, by God's design, he
eventually forsook it all. As the Apostle Paul tells us :

"By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to
suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of
Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he
had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he
forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he
endured, as seeing him who is invisible."
Hebrews 11:24-27, KJV

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things
declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they
had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now
they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he
hath prepared for them a city." Hebrews 11:13-16, KJV

As we have already seen, the spiritual force which causes
man to separate himself from his Creator, and to foolishly
replace his fellowship with God, with temporal things of the
Earth, is none other than Satan himself, because as the god
of this world, it all belongs to him. Here is Scriptural
proof :

"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed
unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give
thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me;
and to whomsoever I will I give it." Luke 4:5,6, KJV

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto
them." 2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV

So you see, the Devil has indeed blinded many people, who
have not been wary of his evil devices. They have fallen for
the very same temptations which were offered to the
Patriarchs, to Moses, to Jesus, and to everyone else who has
sincerely sought to follow the ways of the Lord. But these
things need not to be so. While we are all tempted with the
carnal lusts, desires and things of the present world, God
can and will give us the strength to resist the devices and
temptations of Satan. As the Apostles Peter, James and Paul
also wrote :

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not
ignorant of his devices." 2 Corinthians 2:11, KJV

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to
man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be
tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and
he will flee from you." James 4:7, KJV

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
1 Peter 5:8, KJV

What it really comes down to is this : There are only one of
two paths which one can follow in this life; the ways of the
world and the ways of the flesh, or else the way of the
Spirit. Either he continues down the broad, easy highway
which eventually leads to both physical and spiritual
destruction, or else he forsakes the path of the common herd
of men, and follows the steep, rugged trail which leads to
Eternal Life. As Jesus Himself said :

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many
there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few
there be that find it." Matthew 7:13,14, KJV

Notice that Jesus tells us that 'few there be that find it'.
In the other Gospels, the Lord plainly tells us that He is
that Strait Gate, the Narrow Way, and the only Door, which
leads to Eternal Life. Consider the following verses :

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 14:6, KJV

"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto
you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before
me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
John 10:7-9, KJV

Until you are willing to forsake the lies and the plastic,
empty life Satan has offered you on his platter of physical,
fleshly comfort and convenience, and renew your fellowship
with your Creator, through accepting the Sacrifice of His
Son, that nagging empty feeling will remain; and you will
continue down the broad highway which leads to destruction,
and away from the loving arms of the waiting Father.

So tell me; are you honest enough, and humble enough to
admit to both yourself, and to the Lord, that you have been
tricked by Satan's lies, and have been following the wrong
road? Are you willing to admit that you need a real change
in your life; or do you prefer to remain a blind creature of
habit, in bondage to Satan, who continues down the broad
road to destruction?

It's never too late to apply the brakes, to turn around, and
to get back on the right road, the Only Way, which leads to
Eternal Life. As long as there is life there is hope. You
may not be able to make up for all of the time you lost
following Satan's detour, but at least you will have avoided
the danger of being eternally lost; and you will be able to
begin laying up true treasures in Heaven as you devote more
of your life to Him.

Now is your time; not tomorrow; not next week; not next
month; and certainly not next year! You really don't need
more time to think about it. Does a drowning man ponder
whether or not he should really grab the life preserver
which is thrown out to him? If he waits too long, he will be
a dead man! In like manner, if you wait too long due to your
own pride and stubbornness, the Doors of the Kingdom will be
shut, and you too will be lost! As the Bible clearly tells
us :

"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to
awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than
when we believed." (Romans 13:11)

"(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in
the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is
the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"
(2 Corinthians 6:2)

"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what
is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away."(James 4:14)

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this
the judgment:" (Hebrews 9:27)

"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall
be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which
thou hast provided?" (Luke 12:20)

If you are not yet certain of your Salvation, please do not
put it off another day. Procrastination is simply another
one of Satan's tricks. If he can convince you to continue
denying Christ until the day that you die, then in your
case, he has won! Don't be his fool! Accept Jesus Christ
into your life as your Lord and Saviour today. He is waiting
with open loving arms, despite the hardness and rebellion
which has filled your heart over the years. He is willing
and able to forgive you for everything but your unbelief. If
you persist in your proud, stubborn ways, you will have
condemned yourself, for as the Lord also tells us :

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds
should be reproved." John 3:19,20, KJV

Will you come to the Light; or will you continue to run away
from it and dwell in spiritual darkness? Please do not be
like the many scoffers and unbelievers who laugh at those of
us who patiently await the Blessed Return of our Lord and
Saviour. Are you aware of the fact that the Apostle Peter
wrote of such people, and told us almost two thousand years
ago, that these Endtime mockers would be plentiful during
the final years of this current world? Consider this:

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where
is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell
asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning
of the creation." 2 Peter 3:3,4, KJV

Surely you are wiser that those fools, aren't you? Surely
you are not counted among them, are you? I certainly hope
not. Time is indeed short. It may be later than you think.
You may not have as long as you think. You could be dead
tomorrow, couldn't you? Think about it. This is serious
business. Are you taking it seriously?

In closing, there is an old song which says something like
'You take the high road, and I'll take the low road, but
I'll get to California before you'. Well, in this case,
there is only ONE high road, or High Way to Heaven, and that
is through Jesus Christ. All other roads are certainly low
roads, tricks of Satan, time-wasters and detours which lead
to death and eternal destruction. As Peter and John
exclaimed in the Book of Acts :

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved." Acts 4:12, KJV

If upon reading these words of mine, you feel the Lord's
Spirit tugging at your heart, be not surprised; for as Jesus
said via His Angelic Messenger in the Book of Revelation :

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will
sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20, KJV

Open up your life and heart to Jesus today, won't you? You
will be glad you did. Not only will you inherit Eternal
Life, but you will gain a real sense of fulfillment, such as
you have never known before, as you begin to serve others by
sharing with them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For more
information on God's Plan for humanity, please refer to some
of my other articles on the topic of Salvation. I pray that
this article has been a blessing and an inspiration in your
life.

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