As we all know, if we want to be healthy and keep in shape, we have to watch what we eat. Sure, we can just go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of candy, cookies and ice cream and we might eat all of that and think “I’m fine…I can still walk and talk and do what I need – besides I LOVE eating that stuff!” But the truth is, eating too much of that stuff is not good for us and can eventually ruin our lives or even kill us.

The same is true as a Christian. Too much of this world’s entertainment and stuff is not good and healthy for us, even though we may enjoy or really like it.

It’s not just a matter of arguing “I really enjoy watching that television show, or those movies, so what’s wrong with it?” The question we have to ask ourselves is “How does watching that draw me closer to God or improve my life spiritually?” That’s the point tht matters. People can come up with all sort of arguments (and they do) about how certain things are perfectly fine for them, even though those very things are what are destroying and ruining their lives spiritually.

Remember, the Word of God tells us “Make NO PROVISION for the flesh!” And that should be our goal in life. We should seek to grow as close to God and live as holy a life as we can. And many times in order to do that, we have to cut way down or even totally eliminate the stuff that is slowing us down.

Just as it’s not always easy to give up eating sugar and snacks all the time, even though that may be healthy for us, it’s also not easy to give up the things that are preventing our lives from growing spiritually. The question is – “How important is it for us to grow closer to God?” When we look at it in that regard, then we become more willing and determined to give up whatever is necessary to become more like Him!

We have to stop arguing “There’s nothing wrong with this or that…” and seriously ask ourselves, “How is this helping me walk closer to God?”

Author: Joshua Goodling

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