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January 15th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Meaning of Life, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

All of humanity has to deal with the question of, “why are we all here on this earth”. Even if someone does not ask the question that directly, there is a deep seeded desire to feel significant, that our life must have some purpose, that we must have some kind of value.

by Mitch Kuhn

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All of humanity has to deal with the question of, “why are we all here on this earth”. Even if someone does not ask the question that directly, there is a deep seeded desire to feel significant, that our life must have some purpose, that we must have some kind of value.
The lies of the enemy are very deceptive, and we are very easily distracted from the truth. We naturally focus our lives on things of the flesh seeking, gratification which turns out to only be temporary. We pursue personal success, status, beauty, wealth, approval of others and many other things, trying to find some sort of satisfaction and significance in this life. We go about living life according to what we think will work out best for us, or what others around us say to do. We seek man’s approval and wisdom over God’s, and have no idea how deeply we are deceived.
We are first born into this world corrupted, marred in the hands of the potter. We do everything the wrong way at first before God teaches us differently.

Jer 18:4 NKJV And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

Eph 2:1 NKJV And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
Eph 2:2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
Eph 2:3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

We love the things of the things of the world and not God, and we are not even aware of it at first. Here is what we naturally love.

1Jn 2:15 NKJV Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

All of these fleshly lusts will pass away, so we should desire to do the will of God, which leads us to things that do not pass away.

1Jn 2:17 NKJV And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Since we cannot know our own faults, we must seek God and ask him to make it know to us where we are loving the things of the world and not him.

Psa 139:23 NKJV Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
Psa 139:24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting

Psa 19:12 NKJV Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

God has given us his word, his spirit, and the body of Christ to reveal sin in our lives.

Rom 7:7 NKJV What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”

Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Pro 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

On our own, we just do not understand how destructive and evil many things in our live truly are.

Pro 14:12 NKJV There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Pro 26:12 NKJV Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Isa 5:21 NKJV Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!

Rev 3:17 NKJV Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—

We are first of our father devil before we are adopted by our Father from above. This means that we are raised up and taught many evil things during our lives that we think are true. We learn them from our parents, our friends, our schools, our churches, the media, and society in general. All things must become new, so we need to go through our lives and seek to identify these lies and replace them with the truth of God’s word.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

God is going to change us from the inside out. When we corrects our understanding, and changes our hearts, then our actions, thoughts, and emotions will follow.

Psa 51:6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Mat 23:25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
Mat 23:26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Mat 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

Idols of the Heart
All of us have a deep seeded desire to feel good about ourselves. We want to be valuable in some way, so we all first seek to meet this need by serving idols in our lives. An idol is essentially anything we look to other than God to solve our problems, or to worship.
God tell us very clearly in Exodus 20 that serving other Gods (idols) will not go well for us.

Exo 20:1 NKJV And God spoke all these words, saying:
Exo 20:2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exo 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
Exo 20:5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Exo 20:6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

God is working everything after the counsel of his will, and part of that will is to give us an evil experience to humble us and to teach us to discern good from evil.

Ecc 1:13 CLV I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens:it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.
Ecc 1:14 I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun, And behold, the whole is vanity and a grazing on wind.”

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

We will first run to our idols to deliver us, but they will miserably fail.

Isa 57:13 NKJV When you cry out, Let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.”

Psa 97:7 NKJV Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, Who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods.

Lev 26:30 NKJV I will destroy your high places, cut down your incense altars, and cast your carcasses on the lifeless forms of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.

In due time God will show our idols for they are, worthless.

Take some time and answer the following questions:
1. How have you sought to feel valuable in life? (ex. physical appearance, work success, approval of others, etc.)
2. Do you have a fear of others rejecting you?
3. When making decisions, do you care more about what pleases the people around you or what pleases God?
4. When you are feeling down, how do you seek to lift your spirits?

Let’s not go through each of these questions and see what God’s word has to say about it.

1. How have you sought to feel valuable in life?
Here is what we all pursue at first:

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

When our value in life is based upon things of the flesh, we will always be disappointed. Beauty fades, businesses fail, awards and trophies are forgotten, children go astray… it’s all vanity.

Mat 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

Riches of any kind are deceitful, because they do not accomplish what we think they will. How many times have you thought, “if I get x, or do x, then I’ll be happy”. Have you ever gotten or done that thing just to experience a brief moment of satisfaction before that void quickly returns? We’re just chasing the wind, trying to be satisfied by something that will never satisfy.

Ecc 1:14 ESV I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Have you sought approval of another person thinking that would satisfy your needs? Were you ever able to obtain it? Did it deeply satisfy you or was it a letdown?

Mat 7:24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
Mat 7:25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
Mat 7:26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
Mat 7:27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

When we build our lives upon a carnal foundation, relying on things of the flesh, we will be destroyed when the trials come. I’ll share a little bit of my story.
My life was built upon physical fitness and success in sports. The Lord exposed my idols by afflicting me with severe back trouble and digestive problems. All of the sudden my idols were worthless and my world crumbled around me.
As my health was failing, I shifted my focus to business success. I failed in business and was once again left looking at a pile of rubble after the trials had rolled through like a storm.
Over the years I also tried getting the approval of others, girls I dated and my dad mostly. Both of my dating relationships fell apart and I never could please my dad because I could not succeed in business.

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