“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,” 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV).
I don’t know about you, but my heart is breaking to see the body of Christ growing colder.
Praise God we still have a voice to speak in Jesus name, and my prayer would be that the body of Christ would wake from their slumber, awake unto righteousness, and TURN AND REPENT……
In these verses, we see how the world entices through your senses.
What is lust? Lust is pleasure, delight, a bodily appetite to gratify the senses, such as sexual desire.
Lust is everywhere you turn, from the media in movies and entertainment, the music we listen to (even christian music patterned after the world), and, what we wear on our bodies or the lack thereof…. It can also be a lust for power or material things.
The pride of life adds another layer to this. The pride of life is a boasting and self-confidence in yourself instead of boasting in God.
The problem with lust is it draws you away from God. You have put someone or something before Him.
These things of the world have a way of seeping in and growing, and influencing every part of your life, and God ends up taking second, or third place in your heart.
Just as God created the marriage bed to be undefiled and monogamous for life, so your marriage with Christ is to be undefiled and chaste, held sacred for life.
You are to love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
When you allow yourself to be influenced and carried away with the things of the world you are committing spiritual adultery and idolatry.
He must has preeminence in your life for you to experience His best for you.
Matthew 5:27-28 says you shall not commit adultery, but I say to you that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Your eyes must be single for the LORD. Who or what has captured your special attention lately?
He has saved you to be a vessel of gold or silver for honor, not wood or earthenware for dishonor.
But if you cleanse yourself from these things, you will be a vessel sanctified for the Masters use.
“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God,” James 4:1-4 (KJV).
I have never seen so much bickering, and fighting, and name calling as I have today.
There is a literal war going on in our midst because of pride, and it’s because of the lusts in our flesh.
Friends, if you belong to Jesus the mind of the flesh with it’s carnal thoughts and purposes is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s law.
If you are catering to the flesh’s appetites and impulses you cannot please or satisfy God or be acceptable to Him (Romans 8:7-9).
You are walking in sin. If you belong to Him the Holy Spirit lives in you, so walk as the new creature that you have been created to be.
Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, and as you submit yourselves to God you will put these deeds to death, and walk in the freedom and joy of life He has given to you no matter what is going on around you.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me,” Psalm 101:3 (KJV).
“Turn my eyes away from vanity [all those worldly, meaningless things that distract — let Your priorities be mine], and restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways,” Psalm 119:37 (AMP).
“Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage] and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity].
Consider well and watch carefully the path of your feet, and all your ways will be steadfast and sure.
Do not turn away to the right nor to the left [where evil may lurk]; turn your foot from [the path of] evil,” Proverbs 4:25-27 (AMP).
If after reading this, something comes to mind that has captured you instead of Christ, turn to Him now and repent, and ask Him to redirect your thoughts and actions back to Him…… and renew your mind with His word.
He is willing to forgive if you are willing to turn to Him…..
God Bless You, you are in my prayers
~ Celeste Dewey