Who’s Driving You?

People don’t like to think they’re driven to do the things they do. And people would even say, “I’m my own person. No one is driving me to do anything. I do what I want, I go where I want, and I say what I want, when I want.” I disagree. You are living in a state of denial. Everything you do you do so for a reason. And whatever your reasoning might be for doing the things you do, your reasoning is driven by something. You could be driven by money, power, greed, love, lust, lazyness, or any number of things. And I can assure you, if you are alive, something is driving your life, even if all you do all day is sit home and watch television.

Our problem is we don’t understand ourselves well enough to know why we do the things we do. If we did, we would learn we are influenced by outside stimuli such as what we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel, the actions of other people, and the things of this world, many of which we are not even aware of, and even more importantly, by things we can’t see.  But if we are observant we can know how we are being affected by the things we can’t see by watching how people are reponding to events in everyday life. There is a story that illustrates this truth in John 8:32-33, “… If you abide in My Word, (Jesus speaking) you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They (the Jewish religious leaders) answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free?”  Everytime I read this comment by the Jewish leadership; I chuckle. If they looked at their surroundings they would notice the Romans had conquered Israel and were directing the affairs of their beloved Jerusalem. So how could they say they were never in bondage to anyone when the presence of the Romans was everywhere in the city? And this was not the first time the Jews had been in bondage to a foreign power. They were slaves to the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and the Romans at the present time, and it was only by the grace of God they were still a race of people. The point Jesus was making to them was there was something of a vastly greater power than the Romans who was blinding their eyes and driving their way of life which had led them to be conquered by the Romans some years before.

We live in a free country at this time but we are not without the influence of the same dictates the Jews were influenced by during the time of Jesus. If we take a realistic view of our present circumstances we would understand we are being over run by foreign invaders who do not know our ways, who are idol worshippers, and we are doing nothing to teach them our ways, or to prevent them from overrunning our country. As a matter of fact we are doing everything within our power to pull as far away from the influence of God as we can. For this we will pay a dear price. And if the people in this country who still have a little common sense left want to have a say in their future, we need to know who is driving our fellow countrymen to pull away from our provider in favor of our destroyer. And for us to understand what is truly taking place we will have to do as Jesus directed the Jews to do. “Abide in My Word, and you will be My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” There is another scripture that says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Of course the opposite of this scripture is true as well, “Cursed is the nation whose god is an idol or humanistic in their thinking.” A few years ago our country was the show place of Christianity and the great kindness of God toward man. God was on our side and the whole world knew it. He was unashamedly on display for all the world to see and we were blessed beyond measure because we were a country who had dedicated itself to living life according to God’s principles. But now, this once great country is on the verge of slipping into the great abyss because we are abandoning the principles of God who made us great. So Christian, do not think I am only talking to the sinner, I am talking to those in the church as well. Our country would not be in this present situation if the church was fulfilling its Christian mandate to be a light in the world. And if we are to survive as a country, the church on whose shoulders our future lies has a steep uphill battle before them.

We have become a nation of people who are very good at placing the blame for the things we do at the feet of others, and you as a Christian may be thinking, “The things I do are not driven by anyone but God.” That was the claim of the Jews as well; but their country had still been conquered by a foreign power because they had withdrawn from the God who placed them in their land and they had let the light of God go out. They replaced the living God with man’s traditions. (Humanism) The same thing we are guilty of today. Let’s take a look at an example found in Matthew 16:21-22 to see just how easy it is for a person or a country to get off track; “From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priest and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside, and began to rebuke Him, Saying, “Far be it from you, Lord: this shall not happen to you!” Verse 23: But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan! …”  Peter was a follower of Jesus and probably closer to Him than any of us can ever hope to be. So if anyone should have known when Jesus told them something; He did so because the information was pertinent to their well being. But Peter, not wanting anything bad to happen to his Friend, took Him to the side and rebuked Him for saying the Jews were going to kill Him. Do you think Peter realized someone was driving him to rebuke Jesus? I don’t. Peter, as close a friend as he was to Jesus, was used by Satan to try and talk Jesus out of carrying out God’s plan for the salvation of mankind? Peter rebuked Jesus for selfish reasons. He didn’t want to lose the companionship of his Friend. And Satan used Peter’s selfishness to try to thwart God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Let that statement soak in for a minute.

Now, how many times has God told us something and because it didn’t fit in with our church doctrine, our theology, or we thought it was too extreme to be of God, we just dismissed it? We dismiss God’s plans for selfish reasons. We are fearful of upsetting someone or losing a friend. Not understanding that it is God’s plan to save those people we are so fearful of upsetting or offending if we say this is God’s will, or we tell them about Jesus. What would have happened if Jesus had listened to Peter, and decided He didn’t want to die for the salvation of mankind? We would all still be lost in our sin. Well, that is exactly what Peter was doing. He was acting selfishly and trying to dismiss God’s plan of salvation by telling Jesus His coming death wasn’t a part of the plan of God just because he didn’t want to see Jesus die. I can tell you – all of us have made the same mistake many times. We make mistakes because the one driving us tries to thwart God’s plan by telling us a story that is more to our liking. Peter got off track when he stopped listening, and started reacting to what his flesh wanted.

The church got off track the same way back in the 1930’s when it started voting into office men with humanist ideas about what was best for men, and government ran programs became more important than faith in God. And we are still making the same mistake, and we still haven’t gotten the ship righted, and unless God intervene’s, we won’t. So if we never learn who does what in this world, we begin to believe anything and everything, and before long we find ourselves at odds with the Lord just as Peter did in the above story. There are only two parties who influences world events: God and Satan. God for the perfecting of His saints through faith in God, and Satan attempting to destroy God’s creation and His people with it through our fleshly desires. So who is driving you? We are known by our deeds. Either we are assisting God in helping other people to become all they can be in Christ, or we are resisting Him to serve the purpose of men. God is the driving force of His church, and Satan is the driving force of men. The one will receive eternal life, the other death by default. If the one presently driving your life leads you to resist God, your eternal future is in peril. Change the one who is driving your life before it is too late, and learn the truth. Jesus said, “If you abide in My Word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Have a blessed and wonderful day. DThrash

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