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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Friday
    Sep172010

    What We Crave

    I recently read a well-worn copy of The Cross and the Switchblade by Rev. David Wilkerson. What a great read! The first thing that struck me was Wilkerson’s recollection of how his ministry got started.

     

    Simply put, he exchanged his 1-2 hours of relaxing, evening TV for prayer. He did this faithfully for a year until God began to really shake things up, but this evening prayer is still something Wilkerson practices (That in itself is something to really chew on for a while).

     

    The second thing that stood out mostly to me is in the last few chapters of the book. In a sermon (not given by Wilkerson), a former gang member preaches to his peers how God is the only one who can give them what they are desperately looking for: Power, a Comforter, protection, life, the Spirit of Truth, access to the Father, hope, and freedom (163)*.

     

    All people are seeking those same things, and try to find them in various ways. In this case, teens were attempting to find them through heroin, gang membership, violence, and sex.

     

    But there are endless ways to distract us from the truth; religion, work, family, volunteering, ministering to others, school, money, secret societies, organizations, magick, mediums, alcohol, cigarettes, computer games, etc. etc. etc. These things can easily consume our time, money, and health, and the hope is we will be rewarded for what we put in.

     

    But if we are not seeking God first (through Bible reading, and prayer)-if we do not totally give Him our lives-we will not find true power, true comfort, true, protection, truth, true hope, true freedom, or true life. Many have wasted their lives pursing lies and dying young, or with their last breath say “it’s all been a joke” (390, Rajneeshism)**, or “I hate myself”***. Why follow suit?

     

    “That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

     

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).

     

    * Wilkerson, David. The Cross and the Switchblade. New Jersey: Spire, 1963.

    ** Martin, Walter. The Kingdom of the Cults. Minnesota: Bethany House, 1997.

    *** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley#Death

    

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