Hebrews 12:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Renew Your Spiritual Vitality12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
Hebrews 12:15-17 American Standard Version (ASV)15 looking carefully lest there be any man that falleth short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled;
16 lest there be any fornication, or profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright.
17 For ye know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected; for he found no place for a change of mind in his father, though he sought is diligently with tears.
Romans 8:6 The New Living Testament (NLT)
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
1 Corinthians 10:31-32 American Standard Version (ASV)31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give no occasions of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the
Luke 6:46-49 New King James Version (NKJV)
Build on the Rock46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.
And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Hebrews 1:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
God’s Supreme Revelation
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
My Comments: Many people have a hard time giving up for Christ the lusts that they have lived with most of their lives or for a very long time. I am not talking about innocent things, I am talking about things that separate one from joining God in Heaven one day. One only has to read the Old and the New Testament to know what they are and since God is the same yesterday, today and always then it is not a matter of, “Well, those things were for then.” That was true of foods but not of behaviors. Lies have always been wrong, stealing has always been wrong, fornication has always been wrong, adultery has always been wrong and so on. Where God says a behavior is as witchcraft or an abomination to Him then it was something He wanted people to flee from.
In the Old Testament He likened fornication and adultery to the behavior of His chosen people and how it broke His heart and made Him angry enough to bring other nations to purge His own chosen people. When we as Christians choose to turn away from His teachings and “Do our own thing” then we are asking for the consequences of those actions. Just a we as parents provide our children with rules that have consequences so does God for the people He has welcomed into His family. If we wish to inherit the blessings of God through Jesus Christ then we flee lusts. Once we reject Satan and his temptations he will do everything in his arsenal to pull us back but as the word says in Hebrews 1:3 He upholds all things by the word of His power.
Jesus created the world, He has the strength to protect us and uphold us so we will not fall back into temptation if we call on His name. He says, “You have not because you ask not.” Call on the name of the Lord and He will control your sinful nature that leads to death. Be filled with the Holy Spirit who will control your mind and bring you peace and life everlasting by helping you flee the lusts of the flesh. Whatever you do, do it for the Lord and you will not want to give into your sin nature. Do everything for God’s glory and you will receive blessings. Do everything for yourself and you will heap burning coals upon your head as the word says.
When we do things for ourselves and not for God we cause others to stumble and maybe never come to the grace of God through the gift of redemption from Jesus Christ. If we have come to know Jesus and accept Him sometimes we sin but it causes us pain to know we are causing pain to Jesus who died on the Cross for our sin. We repent and turn away from our sinful nature and take up our Cross and follow Jesus who sits at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. He will judge on day and this world will be changed. Those who choose to be with Him will live forever and rule with Him on the New Earth. Rejecting our sinful natures is well worth the price. I hope to see each and everyone of you in Heaven and on the New Earth one day. God’s peace be with you all.
Abba Father into Your hands I commend all who read these words, read Your words and take them to heart. I pray they will all give themselves to You through Your Son Jesus Christ. I pray they all become my Brothers and Sisters and work in Your fields to bring in the harvest before the time here ends. I thank You Abba for letting them read Your word before the time here has ended.
Jesus please keep us strong following You and carrying our Crosses joyfully even in sorrow. Thank You for being with us even in the sorrow and giving us Your peace and filling us with Your love for others. Let us not speak as one condemning but with Love and understanding. Let us be a help to others and never a hindrance as we help others flee lusts that pull them down to Hell. Let our words lift up to You and our countenance be full of Your glory.
Holy Spirit fill us with Your wisdom, knowledge and understanding so when we read the Word of God we will eat and digest it in our hearts and souls and it will be one with us. In Jesus Name. Amen