From the Wilderness to The Kingdom

English: The Tabernacle in the Wilderness; ill...

English: The Tabernacle in the Wilderness; illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Transformation Before Conformation

One of the most challenging tasks for my wife and I as parents in today’s society is competing for our children’s moral stability. There are distractions outside the home, the wilderness, that steal away our children’s focus. These distractions disassemble the structure that parents like us strive to keep in tact. We live in a world where a morally fallen society has more influence on our children than we do. In some cases, we as parents are active participants in the fallacy ourselves and are distracted just as much as the teenager we are trying to raise. When this is the case, transformation must begin with us as parents before conformation to God’s Kingdom can be rooted in our homes.

My wife and I make it a necessity that our family sit down every night at the dinner table and talk. Yes, good old fashioned look me in the eye talking.  We find that this is healthy spiritually, mentally and emotionally as we have relevant discussions with our children. It also allows us as parents to gauge the effectiveness of the topics we have taught on by measuring the maturation of their spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being. The talks we have aren’t one way. Our children are able to respectfully express themselves to us. Their  feedback is essential in helping us plan what avenues we need to take to eliminate distractions before they occur. Being proactive prevents reaction I’ve been told. Would you agree?

As we talked one night about the wilderness and the distractions contained within, one question that came to mind was this: “How do we get from the wilderness to the Kingdom?” Another question is this: “How do we keep from going back to the wilderness?”  Our flesh has the overwhelming propensity to be pleasured. The wilderness cleverly offers us those pleasures that appeal to us the most. Oftentimes, it isn’t the offering of new pleasures that distract us. The old pleasures are equipped with new ways of tempting us to return to the darkness. Have you ever experienced this? What did you do to combat the desire to return?

If we look to the Word, we find that Romans 12:2 (KJV) provides us a clear answer of how to come in from the wilderness and into the Kingdom. The text states: “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”  It is my understanding from this verse that if we truly want to separate from the wilderness, then we must allow God to renew our way of thinking. By doing so, we can then see what His perfect will is for our life. I found out the hard way that my old way of thinking brought me the same results over and over. Was I expecting a different result? Only by entering a new realm of thinking did I get a different result.

Can I tell you what the hardest part is about having a renewed thought process? The old thought process is always standing right outside the door. I asked a couple paragraphs ago if you had experienced the new and improved tactics your former pleasures have of tempting you to return to darkness and what you did to combat the issue. The Bible offers us many a defense against the devil’s plan to destroy us. Here is my favorite verse to keep myself in a renewed state of mind when it comes to temptation: “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:9 (NIV) If I stand steadfast against the devil and resist returning to the blinding darkness, I can be an example to my brothers and sisters who are going through the same sins that once consumed me. Yes, from the wilderness to the Kingdom. For the Kingdom I stand.

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2 thoughts on “From the Wilderness to The Kingdom

  1. Awesome post sir!!! It is not a coincidence that you have written about this and that I am reading it Mr. Spears. Let me explain.

    I remember watching ‘Fraggle Rock’ as a kid, after school. I used to really look forward to getting home to watch it. I remember enjoying it so much that I recently decided to introduce it to my 6 year old. I found all the episodes on youtube and started her off. I watched the first two episodes of season one with her then it hit me.

    The Fraggles always consulted the trash heap when they had problems. I hope I wasn’t thinking too deep, I don’t think I was, but, I was thinking, God forbid that my daughter would subtly learn to consult psychics at such a young age because of this so called ‘all-knowing’ trash heap on Fraggle Rock. LOL. “How did that get in there?” I thought.

    So, I preempted the enemy Satan. I explained to my daughter that she should remember that we bring all our problems to God, in prayer, in Jesus’ name. I explained to her that even though the trash heap in Fraggle Rock claimed to be all knowing, I believed that God is the only all-knowing person, ever, and that we should take all our problems, even the little ones to Him in prayer! She said “okay daddy!” and that was that. LOL So, yes I agree with being a proactive parent.

    Sorry for the lengthy reply. To answer the other question about combating temptation. You are absolutely right. Satan does NOT have any new tricks, he uses the same old tricks but he refines his m.o. (modus operandi). he refines his delivery. There are two ways I combat temptation:

    1. I resist satan and draw near to Father God, in Jesus’ name, in mind and spirit.
    2. I rebuke Satan’s minions and commune with the Holy Spirit in my heart.

    This is scripture and it works every time as long as I TRULY RESIST!

    Blessings and thanks again for such an awesome post.

    • It is great to know that even at 6 your daughter understands and receives your teaching about God and by her knowing this will only add to her genius.

      TRULY RESIST…those are the two words of the day for me. Like you, what I write is for me first. Emphasis on those two words is the difference in overcoming the devil’s devices or falling victim to them. God bless Mr. Morgan!

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