The Key to understanding life:

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I have come to realize that one of the reasons why the adversary succeeded in deceiving man in the beginning was by convincing them that God did not have their best interests at heart. He planted the idea that God was withholding something significant, and obtaining it would lead to a better life. This wasn’t a one-time event but a result of Eve’s contemplation and persuasion, convincing herself that God was indeed hiding something from her and Adam. It was a purely selfish desire that brought trouble upon all of us. The devil taught humanity to always prioritize oneself, leading us unwittingly into trouble and vulnerability to the enemy’s traps and snares. Consequently, many have lost their way and their true selves in the process.

Undeniably, we reside in a world surrounded by challenges, hardships, and unfavorable circumstances. Unfortunately, numerous individuals find themselves living limited lives, engulfed in self-pity and sinking into depression, as they continually dwell on their negative issues. What we fail to realize is that by fixating on what isn’t working and solely focusing on dealing with it, we place ourselves in the same position as Eve during the deception. The seed of selfishness is sown and nurtured within our hearts, leading us to believe that God doesn’t care about our struggles or have our best interests at heart. This corrupted way of thinking and meditating has ensnared us, causing many to become mere shadows of their true selves.

However, let us remember the words from Isaiah;

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before Me ~ Isaiah 49:14-16

It is crucial to grasp and embrace the timeless truth that God is faithful. Regardless of our circumstances, our position in life, or what seems to be falling apart, we must perceive God as unwaveringly faithful. Faith plays a vital role in the life of every Christian, and when it is weak or under attack, we tend to rely solely on what we see. Thus, irrespective of the challenges that come our way, we must strive to remain focused on God alone, for He alone is faithful to deliver us.

God’s intention is not to make people suffer. Jesus Himself proclaimed in John 16:33 that the world would bring suffering, but we should be courageous because He has overcome it. In Christ Jesus, we have victory and must prepare ourselves to boldly face and overcome whatever comes our way. We should not allow the world to shape us or let our lives be dictated by its standards, as doing so will only lead to limitations and troubles. Remember, no situation is permanent. The power to change what we dislike in our lives lies within us. Often, a change in attitude is all we need. Many of us have been conditioned to follow the world’s ways of doing things and living. However, we fail to realize that the world’s ways and its definition of life are limited and corrupt. When we align ourselves with the world’s ways, we inadvertently limit ourselves and fail to live up to the greatness within us.

Some motivational speakers may suggest that success follows a well-defined path, which requires strict adherence to predefined boundaries, limitations, deadlines, and benchmarks. We exhaust ourselves in trying to meet and surpass them, only to encounter frustrations and disappointments. Many of us are currently frustrated because we haven’t met these deadlines, and we fear being judged as failures or being left behind. Societal and worldly pressures are not unique to our generation, and many have succumbed to them, leading to a life of restrictions and smallness. They deprive us of the abundant life that God created and intended for us.

This has become our greatest snare and trap in life, blinding us and pulling us towards an unhappy, unfulfilled, and limited existence. Consequently, life remains a mystery for many people, including believers. Why? Because, like computers, we operate and function based on societal and worldly programs. We constantly seek guidance from the world and others to ensure we’re on track and know the next step to take. However, this is not the kind of life God intended for His children. Merely relying on the world and others for confirmation and approval indicates an underlying problem.

If we find ourselves seeking answers in the wrong places, it signifies that we don’t know who we are, whose we are, or where we come from. We remain unaware of our belonging and our source. This mystery is the greatest tragedy in anyone’s life. The key to understanding life lies in the source of life, not in life itself.

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