By Monica Y Mateo
As I was reading the Bible, a feeling crept over me–it was a feeling of bliss. I didn’t want to stop reading because every word clung to my soul. God has given us a full blueprint on how to live in righteousness. He has laid out every issue that will arise and has given a solution. He has seen the way we would suffer because of sin. He didn’t leave us stranded and without direction, but gave us a way out of temptation. He wants us in the Kingdom of heaven and our time is fleeting.
In every piece of Scripture, God shows us His power, wonders, mercy and wrath. He shows us that He is the one true God, yet we continue to stray by worshiping false prophets. The world believes in following their own law, practicing what feels right to them, and misguides others into darkness. Any one can be a blogger and write a great post that idolizes the self more than God. Any one can spread misinformation on the internet and confuse young minds into thinking that no God exists. So many children are ending their lives or doing violent acts towards others. These children are clearly wounded and feel like they have no other option in their pain. The enemy is at work and what’s important is to combat that with the Word. You are unchained from the cage of darkness. Once you accept Jesus as your Savior, you become the light. You are no longer held to the world views. Your truth, identity, and purpose will be found in the words of the Bible.
If you are unconvinced, I was once there too. I was a chained to pleasure, immediate gratification, activism for worldly causes, and idol worship. I believed that in order for the world to be happy we shouldn’t care what people thought of us and lived life on our terms. I thought that you should do whatever you wanted as long as it made you happy. That is called darkness. When you believe that pleasure seeking is the root of happiness, you will end up losing in the end. We are already in a pleasure seeking world. Look around because people are doing whatever they want already. Are people happy? Are people without anger? Are people no longer killing others? Are people no longer causing segregation by hostile post on social media? Are people loving each member of their family equally? Are husbands no longer abusing their wives? Are children all out of orphanages and no longer being abused?
You are looking at a pleasure seeking world and nothing has proven that the “worldly way” works. There is only one way–the Godly way. The Bible predicts that the end of time will prove the truth–our job is to save as many people as possible before it’s too late. Our purpose is to represent the light and break those chains that are holding so many captive.
Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him. -Romans 12:2
Monica Y. Mateo is a licensed social worker by day and writer/blogger by night. She is the author of her first memoir, The Cancer Warrior available on Amazon.com and BN.com.
She is a 8 year survivor of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma ALK+, which taught her that people can change unhealthy patterns and behaviors. She is a mom, fiance, and Christian.