Don’t let the fear of missing out cause you to actually miss out.

 

Genesis 3:6 (NIV)
 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Do you ever get the feeling you are missing out on something bigger and better?

You can’t put your finger on it, but you have this insatiable desire for more.

Be careful that you don’t fall into one of Satan’s traps.

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In the Genesis (Chapter 3) account between Eve and Satan, Satan uses some very cunning tricks that he still uses today. And it can look very much like the fear of missing out.

He twisted the truth

“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Satan’s first tactic was to confuse Eve about what God had said.

To us, it can sound a lot like this:

  • God wants you to have fun surely He wouldn’t say you can’t go to that party.
  • God wants you to be happy so He will surely forgive you if you get that happiness at the expense of others.
  • God wants you to experience life to the fullest so surely He won’t care if you break any commitments you’ve made.

We need to be cautious because our thoughts about what we want can easily mix with God’s truth and that’s exactly what our enemy the devil wants.

He twisted the character of God

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Satan convinced Eve that God was trying to hold out on her. God had given them access to anything they could ever need, and most importantly Himself.

Satan was able to convince Eve that God was not good because He had placed a restriction on this one tree.

To us, it can sound a lot like this:

  • God isn’t healing you because He doesn’t care.
  • God would give you what you wanted if He really cared.
  • It seems like life got a lot harder since you became a Christian.

Don’t miss out on the blessing God has given you because you’ve allowed yourself to be convinced that you’re missing out and God is holding back.

He gets you to focus on something else

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye

Satan knew that if he could get her to take her eyes off of God the fruit would become more appealing.

In light of God, the fruit seemed insignificant but once she took her eyes off of God her affections and desires shifted from the creator to the created and the rest is history.

Don’t let the fear of missing out cause you to actually miss out.

Your mind will always look around and feel like it needs something else to be satisfied. Satan will use the same tactic he used on Eve and convince you that there is something that is more desirable then what you have right now.

Don’t let the fear of missing out cause you to miss out.

Fear of missing out says that God is not good and He is not able to give you the desires of your heart

Instead, trust God and remind your soul tha, in God, you get it all and much more.

 

In Jesus, you find completeness and satisfaction.

In Jesus, you realize that whatever you don’t get to experience on this earth will not matter on the other side of eternity.

12 thoughts on “Don’t let the fear of missing out cause you to actually miss out.

  1. “In Jesus, you realize that whatever you don’t get to experience on this earth will not matter on the other side of eternity.”
    What a great reminder. Thanks. 👍👊💥

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  2. Great practical remarks from Genesis 3!

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  3. Excellent post Ben! I read on your About page today that your purpose is “to be a disciple of Jesus and point people to the hope that is found in Him!” I’m trying to have the same purpose. Anything you can share that’s worked for you would be appreciated. Send me an email sometime at kurt@kurtbennettbooks.com. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Kurt. Thanks for the encouraging comment. It’s always good to connect and hear from other followers of Christ. Looks like you are posting some really good content on your blog. And your book “Traveler and the Chaplain: A Christian Parable” has me curious. I’ll try to get a copy soon. Keep up the good work.

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      1. Ha, that was my first book — which is my worst book. I’d rather send you a copy of the new book I have coming out: “How an unloving unlovable person became someone who loves like Jesus (and how you can love like Jesus too)” I’d love to get your input.

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      2. haha! Well, they say shipped is better than perfect 🙂 I have a book coming out this month and I am having to fight back all of the self-doubt floating around in my head. And I’ll probably look back a few years from now and cringe. Definitely no expert here, but yeah, I’d love to check it out.

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  4. A new book! Tell me about it.

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    1. Well, how about I shoot you over a copy-that might be easier. Or you can get it off of amazon within the next week? I’ll be making it available for free for a few days when I first publish it.

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      1. I’m in. Can you email me a copy?

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  5. Yes, that would be great! Can’t wait to read it. When I receive your email, I’ll send you a PDF of my new book. I truly do want your feedback.

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    1. Great! Happy to help in any way I can. Thanks Kurt

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