God has given us all talents, strengths and abilities to sustain our lives and build His kingdom.
How many times have you used your talents, strengths and abilities to ‘feed your flesh’?
How many time have you used all your energy for yourself or your career and have nothing left for God?
How many people have spent their entire youth partying, having fun, building their careers and then when they are older turn to God, but have spent their ‘best years’ on themselves?
How many times have your emotions led to moods, behavior, attitudes and character that you regret?
These are all examples of the enemy getting the ‘best of us’ in a sense. The best of our talents. The best of our energy. The best of our years…rather than giving it to God.
I love the parable of the barren fig tree…
Luke 13:6-9 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it [a]use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 [b]And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ”
This is a fruit tree that’s bearing no fruit. We all know that trees use fruit to reproduce. If a fruit tree is using all of its nourishment from the earth and light from the ‘SON’ for itself, then its ‘using up the ground’. It’s being selfish. And, the Lord commanded that if it continued to be cut down.
God also told us that if we go about our daily business knowing to do good and don’t, then it is sin…
James 4:14-17 (NKJV)
14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
So, don’t use all your energy, talents and time only on yourself.
And, don’t let your anger or emotions allow the devil to ‘get the best of you…
Ephesians 4:26-32 (NKJV)
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give [a]place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [b]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [c]clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Make sure it’s always God that gets the best of us’.