Monday, July 22, 2013

Unholy Story


This series is inspired by both the Letter/Book of Revelation and Mike Cope’s book Megan’s Secrets

Stories: Unholy Story

We are all living out a life story.  The specifics of our stories vary but we are essentially living out one of two plot lines.  The first plot line is the oldest one.  This is the LORD’s Story that started with the creation of the world and is continuing thru today.  We may also think of this as the Holy Story or the Lamb’s Story.  We will come back to this story later.

The second plot line is the World’s Story.  We can also think of it as the Unholy Story or the Satanic Story.  This story is not as old as the LORD’s Story and is in fact a distortion of the LORD’s Story.  It starts early in history when we still live in the Garden of Eden and at peace with the LORD.  Satan enters and offers a temptation to be “like God.”  Satan distorts the fact that we were already created like God, being created in His image.  Satan offers us a temptation not to be like the true God but to be like a god of our own creation.  It is the temptation of control.  Are you going to write your own story or submit to the LORD’s story?  When you walk away from the LORD’s Story you start living an Unholy Story.

Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, spells out what this story looks like.

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.” (Galatians 5.19 - 20a)

This is a story where this world is all there is and you better get all you can before you are gone.  This is a story where you choose to be the center and use others in order to get what you want.  The specifics of how one lives out this Unholy Story will be different, but the end is the same - death.

Look back over the list Paul gives us again.  Is this the kind of story you want to live?  If not, stay tuned we will talk more about the Lamb’s Story.
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