My first job out of college was as a field geologist on a lignite coal development project in east Texas. The job required navigation and orientation using Brunton compasses, on which the user must set what is called the magnetic declination. Compasses require this adjustment because the Earth’s magnetic north pulls the needle away from Earth’s true north. The declination differs based upon where you stand on Earth. If one fails to account for the difference, you will always be pulled off course in the wrong direction, and you will inevitably become lost and confused.
Spiritually, forces also pull us in errant directions. If you set your spiritual compass in any direction other than the I AM God and Jesus Christ, you will become lost and confused. God is our spiritual true north. He sent us His Son so we may know the Truth, the Way, and the Life, as well as the path of righteousness. Any other path angles you onto the broad road controlled by Satan and leads only to death and destruction (Matthew 7:13). Satan’s mission is to steal and to kill and to destroy (John 10:10). He will tempt you with your deepest desires in hopes of making you deviate your walk away from spiritual true north.
Satan knows that as creatures of the flesh, our carnal desires draw us like a magnet toward ungodly actions. Even Christians succumb because our carnal desires seem so natural and, many times, practical. Satan knows how easily we succumb to pride, greed, lust, idolatry, slander, malice, gluttony, anger, and other temptations. For example, he knows if he can tempt us to join others committing these sins, we will veer off course. Therefore, Satan tries to convince us to associate with unsavory people. As the Apostle Paul warns us, “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Paul also warns us that sinners will try to detour us from God’s righteous path through false teaching. Satan used this technique effectively to convince Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden telling her, “You will not surely die” if you eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:4).
Satan is now assisted by others. “Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the Truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4). For, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for doing anything good.” (Titus 1:16). Those who choose not to follow God desire company and affirmation for their deeds, and will influence and corrupt others.
Although evil forces try continually to divert us from our path to God, it is ultimately each of us is responsible for our actions. We must stick with God’s Way. Staying on course continually is almost impossible because of the constant pull from our fleshly desires. Just as a compass needle is pulled toward the magnetic north that deceives, our own internal and carnal compass gravitates and points toward the wrong spiritual reference point. Our point of reference has an almost irresistible pull – toward ourselves. Our life direction is largely inward and self-centered, instead of a God-centered life of servitude.
The inclination of the flesh sways man to be the center of his own life. We watch out for ourselves, we put ourselves first, we brag, we hoard, and we become consumers instead of givers. The Apostle Paul tells us, “For everyone looks out for his own interest, not those of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 2:21). God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our model for behavior and our spiritual true north.
It is normal to use God as your spiritual compass because Jesus Christ, His perfect magnet, will always pull you in the proper direction. The world and Satan, however, have set their declination against you and will do everything in their power to divert you from your Godly path. Jesus told us, “Seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33). He is telling us our focus, inclinations, and declinations must be on Him at all times.
Staying on a course of true north leads to God’s sound doctrine, not the perversions of Satan. Leading a God-centered life instead of a self-centered life also directs you to His Kingdom. God has given each of us free will to choose the direction we will head. What course will you set for your life today?
“I’m Normal.” – I AM
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In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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