But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Timothy 4:1 ESV
During the summer, I had the wonderful joy of visiting with my grandchildren and I learned about some of the current trends of thought among the subsequent generations: Reincarnation, Rebirth, Polytheism, Lucifer is a god, Greek Mythology as a religion, Miniature idols made of crystal, stones, and wood, the Benefits of Suicide, and the Power to return to the earth following death and the ability to transform oneself into a new and improved human being while retaining the memories of your prior life.
In case you are unaware of the populations that are being targeted, it is your children, your grandchildren, young adults, those who need tangible idols that they can see and touch, the lonely, the destitute, and the list could go on and on; but a common trait of those who are in complete acceptance of all false doctrines is an impressionable mind that consistently seeks knowledge outside of the belief of the Trinity Godhead–God the Father, Jesus his Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Today I read an excerpt on the belief that Burdens are Beautiful; the premise behind the “Burdens are Beautiful” concept is if your problems are so severe that they promote waking up into the darkness–which means you are unable to sleep throughout the night–then you are really experiencing the true joy of being alive.
The zeal to gain knowledge, in order to make life bearable, from the vicissitudes of life will be satisfied in one of two ways: accepting godly instruction from the Bible or embracing false concepts presented in cunning methods: books, games, tv programs, movies, magical illusions, the occult, spiritualism, seances, etc. We were blessed with the innate ability to seek knowledge and to learn as we mature through the lifespan. Satan is fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses of humanity, it is when we are overwhelmed with the hardships of life or when we are lonely or bored that we are the most vulnerable.
If we fail to obtain truthful knowledge, then we are easily drawn to the gift-wrapped presentation of these concepts as a mesmerizing experience that will catapult the seeker into the abyss of the mystical imaginations of those who are in opposition to the Word of God. We can recall the manipulation of Eve’s mind by the Serpent when she was told in the Garden of Eden that if she ate from the Forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that she would be as a god. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 NIV
God is fully aware of the many temptations that we will face on a day-to-day basis; therefore, He tells us to Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4: 7-8 ESV
In case you are involved in a battle of the mind and not certain of whether or not God promotes the “Burdens are Beautiful” concept, our Heavenly Father admonishes us to: Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT. Our journey is not easy; yet, we have a loving God who is waiting for us to give all of our burdens of brokenness over to him. Don’t delay; pray, believe, and receive His promises. We have a loving God who promises to receive all of our burdens and to give us complete healing for our broken hearts! There is not one trendy false concept that can fulfill the promises of God who reiterates to us, throughout His Holy Word, that “Burdens are not Beautiful!
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5 NLT
Bible Verse: Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. Psalm 55:2 NLT
Prayer for today: Dear God, We come to you overwhelmed by the burdens and troubles in our lives. We ask forgiveness for getting caught up in the mysticisms of this world and forsaking you by not studying your Holy Word. We are unable to live without your help. Please take our burdens and give us peace; the peace that comes from faithfully trusting in you. We thank you for loving us, for caring for us, and for giving your Son, Jesus Christ for us. We commit our lives to you and we receive your promises. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
©Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019