Temptation Tracker, BLAST-Part 2

Like I said in my last post, my next several blog posts will have to do with the temptation tracker.  This will be true today as well.  Like I said last time, I would love it if you posted the link to this blog to your facebook or twitter, etc?  You can also post this link to a sermon I did about the temptation tracker specifically:

Temptation Tracker Sermon

Just a reminder about where this came from.

Temptation Tracker (created by Doug Hutchins with goingtransparent.com)

To see more on this on my site, click on this link: TempationTrackerPage

We must identify the idolatry issue of our heart, and the temptation tracker can help us determine the root issue behind our idolatry struggle. One of the things the temptation tracker helps us identify is what emotionally triggers us to bow down to other idols.  Every time a person is tempted to bow down to a false idol, they need to account for what they were feeling emotionally during that temptation.  It looks like this-

Feeling: how were you feeling when temptation hit (Remember: BLAST)

  • Bored
  • Lonely
  • Afraid
  • Angry
  • Stressed
  • Sad
  • Shame
  • Tired

Today let’s again look at B, the issue of boredom.

In my last post I said that I believe boredom is actually a purpose problem.  I do not exist to be entertained, but I exist to worship my Creator!

Let me give you a link to an interesting article.  This article shows that many young men are choosing video games over work.  Work is too boring and unfulfilling the article says.  Click here to read:

Chicago Tribune Article

May God help us in this nation!!!

Enough of that rant.  Back to my thoughts on boredom.  Another way to really address boredom is through serving the less fortunate.  Boredom feeds my entertainment desire, and the desire to constantly be entertained can produce intense selfishness.

What is the cure for this?

Serve others!

Isaiah 58:6-11 says this:

Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?  Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?  Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday. And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. 

When I am selfish, I tend to only be thinking about myself.  In my experience, if I am bored, then I am typically being selfish.  What if I lived out Isaiah 58?  Let’s back up.  What would motivate me to live out Isaiah 58?  Answer=The Gospel!

Christ is MAJESTIC, and I don’t measure up to His greatness.  I deserve hell, but because Christ is MESSIAH, He rescues me from sin and hell.  This motivates me to let Him be MASTER of my life.  When He is in charge of my life, then I will live out His MISSION.

Part of His mission is serving the less fortunate.  Questions to ask yourself?

  • Am I currently in bondage?  Am I helping others out of bondage?
  • Am I serving the poor?  If so, how?
  • Am I feeding the hungry?  If so, how?

Please note serving the poor and feeding the hungry can be the physically poor and hungry, and it can also be the spiritually poor and hungry.

When I am in those darkest of places, do I live out Isaiah 58?  When I allow boredom to lead me to idolatry, do I live out Isaiah 58?

Practical ideas:

  • Focus on God’s creation to help elevate His Majesty in your life (See Job 38 & 39 or Isaiah 40)
  • Worship Him in song that He is Messiah (Sing Jesus Messiah, by Chris Tomlin)
  • Let Him be Master (Constantly ask yourself throughout the day, “Who is master of my life?”)
  • Live on Mission (What neighbor needs me to serve them?  What local shelter or mission could I volunteer at?  What child with Compassion International could I sponsor?)

Please note to sponsor a child with Compassion, click here:

http://www.compassion.com/

My light will break forth like the dawn when I am living for Him and Him alone.  When I live for Him alone, I will serve those who are in bondage, poor, hungry, etc.

What if every believer in your local church did exactly that this week?  What impact would be made for God’s Kingdom!

Would we only live for Him and His Kingdom!

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