The Lord extends His hand to save us from the sinful patterns of this world. He offers freedom in this life as well as in the next.

“No,” we say, “I do not want to be saved from sin. I merely want to be saved from Hell. I will taste of the pleasures of life while I am here. I am smart enough to decide what is beneficial for me.”

As we swat away His loving hand and turn to walk the path of the world, let us not be surprised as we share in the same failures of the godless.

The Lord would impart wisdom to us, but we do not want it.

We have erected spiritual walls around our ears that dull the voice of God to a hush. Our leaders will not name these walls but will continue in their talk of the God’s love and forgiveness. (There is more to the picture.)

There are many spiritual walls that we can erect around ourselves that will deafen our ears to the voice of God. Many of these walls stem directly from worldliness–things we do because they are commonplace or acceptable in our culture while giving no thought to what God thinks.

Note these verses about the world:

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

James 4:4-5

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

Here is what God would rather have us think on:

2 Corinthians 4:18

while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Colossians 3:1-2

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

We are strangers in a foreign land–this world is not our home! In many ways, Christians have mimicked the culture, and it is always to our detriment.

We must be wary of the culture–yes, even “Christian culture.”

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Test all things; hold fast what is good.

In regards to issues of correct conduct, fight the temptation to ask “Why not?” or “Is this really that bad?”

This God-ignoring logic has justified alcohol-drinking, terrestrial music, gambling, sexual immorality, tattoos, etc. (Let “everyone else is doing it” NEVER be our commanding internal reasoning.)

Rather–ask “Why?” Better yet–simply ask God. He answers. Do you hear?

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2 thoughts on “Saved from sin?

  1. I think alot of this is spot on. I think your example of spiritual walls is kinda mute considering all your examples were actally worldy walls though. I think it would be good for you to explain the difference between “participating” in some things of the world as opposed to “lusting after the world” and being a “friend” or the world. Generally things that are talked against in the Bible that aren’t direct sins are usually ones looked down on when used in excess. Although I think drinking in excess is wrong, we have to look to the miracle when Jesus turned the water to wine, when paul told timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach, and when Jesus had the communion with bread and wine. As far as music, I think lyrics make up about 98% of the type of content, good or bad. Is saying you dont’ listen to the lyrics and excuse? I’m not sure… but what I am sure about is if it measures up to your verse of colossians 3:1-2 and it doesn’t turn our focus from Godly things and makes us focus on wrong thing then it’s bad. Consiquently, if you know none of the lyrics, to what degree could you really say it’s affecting someone? As far as tatoos…thats tough. I could point out several examples of ones being given by God such as the mark God gave cain after he killed his brother, or in revelations when God seals the 144,000. As far as self-inflicted, your probably right that its worldy… With gambling I think it would be more of a heart motive, assuming you are doing it in moderation. All through proverbs it is said that quick money is also quickly lost(a loose quote lol) and all throughout scripture God constantly calls us to be a good stewart of our money. At the same time, what if your just doing it for fun? And if that’s wrong could you really spend money on anything that wasn’t bills and tithe? All things accounted for, I think for the most part most christians, and often myself, are rather hypocritical, ignorant, or purposely defiant of what it means to be looking to heaven and have out hearts set on things above. Quite honestly if our hearts are focused on God, we may have conviction in those areas and/or we may find no need for them in our lives. It’s always good to reflect on what we do with our lives, and for that I thank you.

    RESPONSE:

    We just need to be mindful and strive to be more affected by Christ’s culture than we are by the world’s culture. There are no harsh lines to be drawn–but there is wisdom from God to be heeded. Let’s ask rather than say “Well–if it doesn’t explicitly say in the Bible that it’s wrong, that means it must be OK.”

  2. what if you had to drink some beer in order to not give in to sexual immorality, what about that?

    RESPONSE:

    I don’t know. Let me know what God has you do if that situation ever arises.

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