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Where Lust Corrupts

December 29, 2006

I John 2:15-17  “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  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.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Romans 7:22-23  “For I delight in the law after the inward man:  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

This is the one battle that effects every saint like no other battle can.  This involves the “different law in our members” that doesn’t want to obey the gospel, but would rather seek the pleasures of this temporal world.  It’s a fleshy mentality which seeks self-recogintion and self serving projects.  The old man strives continuously to reassert dominance an as a result we are locked into a battle that will go on until either we go back to the earth or we put on incorruption at the return of Jesus Christ.  It’s a battle that we must give all diligence to as the scriptures are filled with such warnings.

James 1:14-15  “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

II Peter 2:10  “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.  Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”

Often, when you touch on issues involving holiness, it’s  viewed by many as legalism; as though you are trying to manipulate them through a cleverly devised guilt trip.  Such a concept couldn’t be more removed from the truth.  Holiness isn’t simply a collection of “don’ts.”  Holiness is the very nature of the God who fills heaven and earth; the God who wants us to have life and have it more abundantly.  There is indeed “fun for a season” in sin, however, this so called fun cannot even begin to compare to the supernatural “joy of the Lord” that is for every believer who walks in obediance.  It’s the very song in the darkest night that will sustain you when things are falling apart on every side.

Hebrews 4:15  “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Jesus is completely holy.  He was in this world of sorrows for 33 years and never sinned one time.  Jesus is God manifest in the flesh and we are to be followers of him in total obediance.  This obediance is not a grievous thing; it is life as Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life.”  If we know him, we’ll desire to be like him and will continuously strive to become more like him.  When we stumble or “blow it” as we often will, it’s expediant that we repent and get it taken care of.  To “lay aside every weight and sin.”

I John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

This is not a popular topic these days.  In too many instances, the gospel is compromised as pastors work to build numbers instead of character.  I would rather be with a group of 10 saints who really love the Lord Jesus than a thousand who are walking in half-heartedness.  There’s a special fellowship that exists when folks really love the Lord and are come together in his name.  All self-serving contraptions set aside as we enter together into the presence of the Ancient of Days.  Not in a denominational name, the name of a person, or some other name, but in the name of Jesus.

I Corinthians 9:27  “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

This sounds serious.  If you really love the Lord Jesus; if you have the Holy Ghost abiding within, you will find yourself delighting in the deep things of God.  You’ll desire to know more of him and will strive to be more like him.  You’ll desire to be a good ambassador for Christ as you are surrounded by those who have never been born again.  Those for whom Christ died that have yet to come to him in sincere repentance.  You’ll strive to not do anything that would cause them to turn away from the only one that can give them eternal life.  (Gathering versus scattering)

I Jophn 5:2-5  “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.”

When I came to Jesus in September of 1983, my knowledge of biblical principals was next to nothing.  I understood that I was a sinner (there was no denying that) and in need of a Savior.  Afterward, as I started to “grow” the old habbits started to gradually go away.  The things that once brought happiness (as I perceived it at the time) were no longer fulfilling as I had living water flowing from within.  Gods love is real; his presence in the lives of them that love him is continuous.  The more that you grow, the more that you’ll strive to keep that relationship vibrant.  I have a sad chapter in my life in which I was backslidden for a period of years.  It was the most depressing thing that I’ve ever been through.  I praise God for bringing me back home and I have learned much from the ordeal.  One verse that has sustained me since that time is the following.

II Corinthians 7:11  “For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea what zeal, yea, what revenge!  In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”

Such is the case with me as I’m far more careful than in times past.  This is why I write about this topic; because it’s the little weights and the little sins that can make havoc of your life.  The ones that you don’t see coming.  I pray that this posting is of encouragement to any passer by.  Not from a desire to be legalistic, but from a desire that we all would strive to be increasingly close to the Lord Jesus Christ and be changed from glory to glory.

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