Have you ever been so distracted that you could have walked right past your own mother without noticing it was her? (I call this work of the cares of the world.) You get so busy that ‘you can’t see the forest for the trees’.
Have you ever been deceived? Perhaps someone said one thing to your face, but did something else in your absence?
And lastly, have you ever wanted something so badly that you would tell a “little lie” or just not mention something in order to hide it for personal gain?
I certainly have. In this article I will attempt to share some of what I've learned during my attempts to follow Christ and walk in his ways. I pray that this teaching will open your spiritual eyes, while enabling you to discern good from evil more quickly, while helping you to overcome the influences of The Unholy Trinity and enjoy the benefits of life totally committed to Christ.
You may be aware of “The Holy Trinity”, more commonly known as the Father, Son & the Holy Spirit, although the words “Holy Trinity” do not appear in the Bible. But, are you aware of the Unholy Trinity? It distracts, deceives and discourages. How?
1. The cares of the world distract us from keeping the main the main thing - loving God and loving people, while Word of God is neutralized.
2. *The deceitfulness of riches is like fools’ gold. You think that you have real wealth, but a closer look yields nothing. It’s like gambling. The more you spend – the more you lose, thinking that ‘the big bucks will be just around the corner only to find out that you’ve lost everything. You work all day and night trying to get more riches, yet riches seem to be unattainable – no matter what you do. Even most people that win the Lottery are broke in an average of five years.
3. The lust for other things seems to drive us to earn/seek after money. If only I had a million dollars, we think and so goes the game of fools’ gold. I remember a saying I heard as a young boy, “A fool and his money are soon departed”. It just makes sense that a sudden winning of millions of dollars by someone who does not know how to manage or invest money wisely could easily be lost as quickly as it was won.
*Consider some lottery winners that have experienced hard times with easy money:
• William "Bud" Post, who won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania Lottery in 1988, had a brother who tried to have him killed for the inheritance. Post lost and spent all his winnings. He was living off Social Security when he died in January.
• Two years after winning a $31 million Texas Lottery in 1997, Billie Bob Harrell Jr. committed suicide. He had bought cars, real estate, gave money to his family, church and friends. After his death it was not clear whether there was money left for estate taxes.
• Victoria Zell, who shared an $11 million Powerball jackpot with her husband in 2001, is serving time in a Minnesota prison, her money gone. Zell was convicted in March 2005 in a drug- and alcohol-induced collision that killed one person and paralyzed another.
• Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey Lottery twice, in 1985 and 1986, for a total $5.4 million, gambled and gave away all of her money. She was poor by 2001, and living in a trailer.
Gerry Beyer, who teaches estate law at Texas Tech University, has written about people who come into sudden wealth — such as lottery winners, sports figures, actors and actresses — and how they end up losing it. Many don't realize that if they spend their money, rather than investing it and living off the earnings, "there's nothing to replace it," Beyer says.
Under an investment plan, the Nebraska Powerball winners' $15.5 million, after accepting the lump sum and paying taxes, could produce a yearly income of about $500,000 a year.
Source: Contributing: Bill Welch and USA TODAY research
After I accepted Christ as my personal savior in June of 1968, the Unholy Trinity influenced me to do things I didn’t want to do and say things I didn’t’ want to say. Perhaps you have been too? I’ve been influenced by “the flesh” many times as Romans 7 teaches. Even after accepting Jesus as my personal Savior, I still did things that I didn’t want to do and did not do some things that I wanted to do. Has that ever happened to you? I think sometimes we forget that the book of Romans was written to Christians for Christians – don’t you?
So what are the three that make up the Unholy Trinity?
The answer is in the following Bible verses…
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust for other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. (KJV)
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (KJV)
The Unholy Trinity is 1) the lust of the flesh, 2) the lust of the eyes and 3) the pride of life. I John says “all that is in the world” – the Unholy Trinity! Of course, in Mark 4:19 the Unholy Trinity is also called 1) the cares of the world, 2) deceitfulness of riches, 3) the lust for other things.
In Matthew 4, Satan tempted Jesus with the Unholy Trinity too. “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” This is clearly appealing to Jesus’ potential lust of the flesh, because he was very hungry after fasting 40 days.
Then Satan said, “Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. This is tempting Jesus with the pride of life.
Then Satan tried to tempt Jesus in verses 8-9, “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. This is the lust of the eye.
In my life, the cares of the world have been frequently expressed through the pride of life. I have allowed busyness to give me a false sense of importance or significance. In other words, the busier I became, the more I saw myself as “loved”, “special”, “hardworking” and “greatly admired”.
Lust gets me into trouble, but pride keeps me there.
The lust of the flesh is perhaps the most obvious one to me because of things like pornography. But lust also influences careers and financial decisions, while collaborating with a covetous spirit. All three of the Unholy Trinity parts work together to entice, deceive and destroy. The Unholy Trinity is like fools’ gold. It lures us with false promises and with the cares of the world it deceived us into becoming too busy and then stabs us in the back.
Ephesians 6 says:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
For me, a take away from these verses is to get our focus off the flesh, because the real battles are spiritual.
Romans 8:6 and Colossians 3:2 exhort us to set our minds on the spirit, not on the flesh. Perhaps Romans 12:1-2 is the most comprehensive teaching on this matter:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
But, “Mercy Said, No!” by CeCe Winans