Summary: Today we want what we want NOW! I deserve more now! I am entitled to more. Our enemy desires to catch us tired, hungry and alone... Our enemy desires to set the hook. We need to count the cost to be able to finish the task before us.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Let us LISTEN TO THE CRY FOR INSTANT GRATIFICATION:
THE SEX/DRUG MARKET REVEALS THIS CRY.
Heroin is injected straight into the veins. The drug is so fast in your veins that the hit or high will come before you remove the needle. Drugs can take the fear of needles into an OBSESSION.
Meth, heroin, speed, energy drinks, pot… will ruin your life, or IT MAY KILL YOU BEFORE your ruin.
Have you ever heard of a smoker switching to E-CIGARETTES?
How about a person desiring to lose weight getting addicted to diet pills? Quit the pills and the fat RETURNS.
We need a NEW ATTITUDE and A CHANGE OF THINKING?
WE HAVE GROWN A CULTURE OF I DESERVE THIS. I AM ENTITLED TO THIS.
The desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay or deferment.
Basically, give me what I want, when I want it. We tend quick pleasure and happiness, now.
We tend to live on IMPULSES… We see the total EROSION OF PATIENCE…
SERIOUS PROBLEMS OF COST/ REPAYMENT?
Commercials, everybody has it, live like the Jones.
THEY JUST COULD NOT FINISH --- DO WE EVER COUNT THE COST?
INSTANT GRADIFICATION, I DESERVE THIS NOW!
Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Luke 14:28 (MSG) "Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn't first sit down and figure the cost so you'll know if you can complete it? 29 If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you're going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: 30 'He started something he couldn't finish.'
20 years ago, I had a friend that lived in Cleveland, Ohio. She would often call me. I knew her as a child. Then she was a grown woman with 3 children, two were teenagers. On one call she told me all of her friends had computers and she wanted one now, but could not afford one. The next call she was describing her state of the art computer. I asked her:
“ I though you could not afford a computer?
Her friend told her about this store where credit did not matter. All she had to do was sign a contract. She would make weekly payments, four payments a month. She had not read the fine print. She found out later the $800 computer would be paid off in 7 years. She just had to HAVE THE COMPUTER NOW! She took the computer back in a few months, she could not cancel the purchase. In 8 years her $800 computer would cost her over $8,000?
Want to talk about THE COST OF IMMEDIATE GRADIFICATION? Her electricity was cut off? BUT SHE HAD A NEW COMPUTER. Trouble was the computer would not work without electricity? Not to worry, a neighbor in her apartment building would allow her to run an extension cord to her new computer. AFTER 84 PAYMENTS she owned an old out dated computer.
WOW, COUNT THE COST? DO WE TEND TO BE LIKE POPEYE’S FRIEND, WIMPEE. I will gladly repay you Tuesday for a hamburger today? Living beyond our means can be a root of many problems?
LET US GET REAL AND FOCUS ON THE ANATOMY OF INSTANT GRADIFACATION--- THE HOOK.
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat..
INSTANT GRADIFACATION IS LIKE GOING FISHING. The fish is safe as long as he keeps his mouth shut?
Once the hook is set, the fish is in big trouble and great danger of going to the iron skillet?
*THE SATANIC GOAL IS TO GET:
*1. GET YOU ISOLATED, ALONE: To get alone, separate apart from others, remove, unhappy, feeling of loneliness.
The enemy caught EVE by herself, away from Adam. I personally think this was brilliant of the enemy. Eve would have never swallowed the hook if Adam had BEEN BY HER SIDE?
This like my BANANA THEORY, the banana is in danger of getting skinned when it is broken off the bunch.
My opinion is clear: OUR EEEEEEENEMY WANTS YOU OUT OF CHURCH.
*2. HUNGRY: suffering lack, uncomfortable, strong feeling of need, empty, --- Have you ever heard, don’t go to the grocery store when you are hungry? Ponder why?