“Wrong? It Feels So Right.”

Posted: June 26, 2013 in Christian Life, James, Salvation

How could something that feels so right be so wrong? “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).  If you are struggling with sinful sensuality, we suggest that you read Proverbs 5, 7 and consider what it might actually cost you if you engage in immorality.  If you just don’t care, stop reading this article.

Instinctively we all have a normal desire for food and water to sustain our lives. But gorging ourselves with excessive food or drink can lead to a premature death. Sexual relations within the bounds of marriage between a man and a his wife are honorable in God’s sight but anything outside of it is unacceptable to Him and will be judged (Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 21:8).

Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Whatever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23), and knowing to do good and failing to do it is also sin (James 4:17). “The wages [payment] for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). What do you know about the different kinds of death: physical, spiritual, and eternal? Are they reversible? If so, how and when does it take place?

Many Christians were once fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners. But when we placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively and believed that He died for all our sins, and rose again bodily from the dead, we were washed, sanctified, and justified (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Do you know what “believing in vain” is all about (1 Corinthians 15:2)? Perhaps you are one who is doing this and who has a false sense of security (Matthew 7:21-23).

Being tempted is not a sin; yielding to it is. Sadly, many people who are genuine Christians don’t know how to overcome the devil, their own sin nature, or the present world system. They have been told to behave themselves but haven’t been told how to do that.

Each of the Christian’s three enemies must be overcome by using three different methods. To overcome the devil, a believer must first be sober enough to recognize the source from which the temptation is coming. Once he realizes that it is coming from the devil, he must submit to God, take up and put on the whole armor of God and then resist the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:6, 7; Ephesians 6:10-17). Do you know what temptations he puts into your mind? How many of the 14 identifiable things can you name?

To overcome our old sin nature, (both believers and unbelievers have one – 1 John 1:8), we must learn how to walk by means of the Spirit and flee from youthful lusts as Joseph did so we don’t engage in the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25; Genesis 39:12). Do you know what the works of the flesh include (Galatians 5:19-21)? All of them are perversions of good things.

Overcoming the present world system begins with our understanding of what it is. “The world system is the Satanically controlled structure that functions throughout every human society consisting of unsaved people. The system is directed by Satan in order to gain his objective of opposing God and controlling mankind.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer. “It refers to the order or arrangement under which Satan has organized the world of unbelieving mankind upon his cosmic principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and pleasure.” – Dr. C. I. Scofield.

It includes urbanization, human government, commerce, entertainment, education, industry, and senseless warfare (Genesis 4:17-24). The Christian may use these things while he is here on earth but he is not to abuse them by making them the primary focus of his life (1 Corinthians 7:31). His primary objective must be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31).  It is impossible to love God the Father and the world system at the same time (1 John 2:15-17).

Every Christian, at the time of his salvation, was given everything he needs for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). God has made it possible so Christians don’t have to sin even though we will still sin periodically.  As an Advocate alongside the Father, Christ protects the Father from our misdeeds (1 John 2:2).  As our Intercessor, Christ insures our salvation (Hebrews 7:25).

Honest confession to God will bring family forgiveness (1 John 1:9). It involves our saying the same thing about our sin that God does. It does not automatically restore a child of God back to fellowship with God. We must make the choice to walk in the light as He is in the light if we want to have fellowship with Him and other believers (1 John 1:7). When we abide in Christ He feels at ease with us and we feel at ease with Him (John 15:1-14).

Securing forgiveness from other people whom we have wronged may be more difficult since so many people are hesitant to forgive others as God has graciously forgiven them (James 5:16; Ephesians 4:32). In addition to asking them to forgive us, we must ask them not to hold a grudge against us once they forgive us. When God forgives us He does not forget what we did because He is omniscient. He simply remembers it “against us” no more (Ezekiel 33:16). He will decide when we will be allowed to be tempted again in the same area (1 Corinthians 10:13). We can demonstrate our love for Him by overcoming the temptation.       This will enable us to earn the crown of life (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Believers who truly love God and appreciate what it cost Jesus to deliver us from hell to heaven should learn how to live the victorious Christian life that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9).  Begin by presenting your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2).

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