Written & Published by Lolita Buck
Oh the venom of success. No doubt about it privilege comes with a cost. But the question is, how much are you willing to pay for the luxuries of life? I thought it was very important to write about this topic because many of us don't even realize that there is a cost to success. And so we mistakenly think that God's plan isn't working, when in fact it is.
I used to get completely frustrated myself. That is, until I realized that pain & persecution is just the price you pay. Once I realized that the cross is just as relevant to the process as the crown I was able to walk freely & boldly in the privileges of God. Check out his word on this topic.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
Having God's privileges & promises in your life is amazing. But often times we don't fully enjoy his blessings because the enemy would have us focus so much on the crosses that we bear in life that we overlook the good stuff. He's a master manipulator.
I once heard someone say Satan can't stop God from blessing you. But he'll do his best to make certain you don't enjoy the blessings. That sneaky little devil.... This is what I call the "sting of privilege". It hurts just a tiny bit, but the enemy magnifies it. Therefore making us overlook the goodness of God. Because God forbid if we are inconvenienced even the tiniest bit. Then he's no longer worthy to be praised or so the devil wants us to believe.
Think about it he did the exact same thing to Adam & Eve. They actually had it made. God only asked that they not eat from one tree. Otherwise they had total access to everything in the Garden of Eden. Talking about privilege.....But the enemy caused them to focus so much on what they weren't allowed access to that he got them all caught up in a frenzy. And they ended up in BIG TROUBLE. So I'll leave you with this final thought. Are you so bitten by the "sting of privilege" that you aren't fully taking advantage of God's wonderful blessings in your life? Here is the scripture regarding Adam & Eve just let it sink in. God has so many amazing things in store for each of you today. Just relax & enjoy his bountiful blessings because he would have it no other way. It might sting just a tad bit, but always know he is with you every step of the way.
The serpent was more clever than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. The serpent said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. But God did say, ‘You must not eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. Do not even touch it. If you do, you will die.’ ”
“You will certainly not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “God knows that when you eat fruit from that tree, you will know things you have never known before. Like God, you will be able to tell the difference between good and evil.”
The woman saw that the tree’s fruit was good to eat and pleasing to look at. She also saw that it would make a person wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. And he ate it. Then both of them knew things they had never known before. They realized they were naked. So they sewed together fig leaves and made clothes for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking in the garden. It was during the coolest time of the day. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called out to the man. “Where are you?” he asked.
“I heard you in the garden,” the man answered. “I was afraid, because I was naked. So I hid.”
The Lord God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten fruit from the tree I commanded you not to eat from?”
The man said, “It’s the fault of the woman you put here with me. She gave me some fruit from the tree. And I ate it.”
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me. That’s why I ate the fruit.
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and that you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude