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The Traitor Within: the World


TobyMac – Lose My Soul

You will always encounter three enemies:

  1. the Flesh,

  2. the World, and

  3. the Devil.

Because they always conspire together it’s difficult to talk about them individually;in any battle at least two of them are involved, but usually it’s all three.

The World

The world is a carnival of

  • counterfeits,

  • counterfeit battles,

  • counterfeit adventures,

  • counterfeit beauties.

Climb the ladder to the top says the world is your success.  Why is it then that the men who get there are often the emptiest, most frightened, prideful posers around?

They are mercenaries, battling only to build their OWN kingdoms.

The same is true of adventure addicts; no matter how much you spend, no matter how far you take your hobby, it’s still just a hobby.

The world offers a man a false sense of power and a false sense of security.

Honestly, where does your own sense of power come from?  

  • your knowledge

  • your Ph. D,

  • your office,

  • your secretary,

  • your lifestyle,

  • your car,

  • your job,

  • your wife,

  • your physical strength?

What happens inside you when I suggest you give it up? 

What would you think of yourself if tomorrow you lost everything the world has rewarded you for?

Jesus warns us against anything that gives us a false sense of power.

Instead, seek the path of humility, don’t be a self promoter, glad-hander, poser.

Climb down the ladder, be the servant of all.

We’re am I getting my sense of strength and power from?  

It is a good question to ask yourself…  Often.

If you want to know how the world really feels about you, just start using your true strength.

  • Say what you think,

  • stand up for the underdog,

  • challenge foolish policies.

They’ll turn on you like sharks.

The world of posers is shaken by a real man.  They will do whatever it takes to get you back in line, threaten you, bribe you, seduce you, undermine you.  They crucified Jesus.

But that didn’t work did it?

You must let your strength show up.

Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it.

h/t John EldredgeWild at Heart (book)

The book had a very favorable reception by many, including Chuck Swindoll, who called it “the best, most insightful book I have read in at least the last five years.” It also received harsh criticism, with some claiming that the book misuses scriptural references, and that Eldredge has projected his own personality traits onto God in order to support his viewpoint. Despite this criticism, it remains a favorite in many evangelical circles, and a top seller.


Author: Eric

I have been married to my wife Laura since 1995, and live in Austin, Texas with our two children. I have participated in the sport of triathlon and investing for many years.