Sin hardens the believing heart….slowly. As the heart becomes hardened deception caused from sin takes over. Belief becomes unbelief as forgiveness from all past sin is lost. The Bible terms this state of deception as “believing in vain”. 1 Cor. 15:1-4
The lust of the flesh is a wilful sin against God Almighty. The lust of man’s sinful thinking, desire, passion, craving, appetite, etc. (the human will) drives man to sinful activity. Jesus stated if you thought about adultery in your mind it was the same as committing the actual act of adultery. James stated that when lust conceives it bringeth forth sin and when sin is finished it bringeth forth death. Lust finds pleasure in sin and disregards the eternal consequences appointed by God.
The lust of drinking strong drink in moderation is a very common and deceitful sin. The deceitfulness of strong drink causes men or women to “lust” or become “sensual”. Even the most minute amount of alcohol’s intoxicating effect takes a sober mind in Christ…to a place of sensual alteration outside of Christ. To a place of lust; to a place of pleasure outside the pleasure of walking in the Spirit liberated from sin. Proverbs 23:29-33
When Jesus cleanses the heart it is made clean and holy. Sin can find no place to dwell in the heart or life of an overcomer in Christ. The truth and power of Christ overcomes all human lust as the Bible states, “Greater is He”. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes; and the pride of life are subtle and deceitful.
A child of God is delivered from lust. A child of God doesn’t live like a child of the devil. Devil’s believe but they are deceived by sin. Sin is deceitful and caused many to end up with the rich man. Sin beyond the grave takes the soul of man to a place where repentance can never be found for eternity.
Rick Roehm preaches against sin and the pleasures of sin because he knows how deceitful and subtle it is. Rick Roehm realizes that the rich man has never been given another chance since his soul ended up in Hell. I meet so many who are lost and undone. So many who name the name of Christ and live as filthy and rotten as the worst sinner I ever met.
Holiness of heart can only be found and received by a beleiver in Christ. Holiness of heart becomes treasured above all things because it keeps you in right-standing with Christ. The conscience is clean. The heart is clean. The witness for Christ is a pattern of the saving Grace of God to the unbelieving world. A pattern of truth in an untruthful world. A pattern of faith in an unfaithful world. A pattern of walking in the light even though everyone tells you that you will always walk in darkness. The pattern is keeping the heart clean and holy in an unholy world. The pattern is only enabled by God’s Grace that flows from the Throne of Christ in Heaven. The pattern is keeping your eyes on Christ and trusting the truth of God’s Word in your life and example. 1 Tim. 1:16
God knows how you live, act, and behave. God hates sin and loves righteousness. So do I. Take heed my brothers, sisters, and readers to the deceitfulness of sin. Sin is subtle and will take you over like the moderate drinker that is now an addict for 35 years. Or the occasional “white lie” that leads to repetative lies. Or the occasional fornication or adulterous act. Sin starts out to be something you can confess until it takes you over like the addict. Sin is subtle and very, very deceitful. Slowly the heart is hardened and calloused to a the place of scarring; to a place of deception; to a place of believing Christ in vain. Like devils believe.
Why do I write like documents like this? We are starting a New Year. 2013 is a great time to tell the truth about Christ and the holiness He offers to all humanity. Christ is above sin and His Holy Spirit can take over your heart and life. You can become the person God intended for you to be. With constant hope; constant victory over sin; holiness of heart; and able to prove what is acceptable to God every day of your life. Christ “restores” and makes men right.
In this pleasure mad society we live in give Christ the glory and find pleasure in His holiness.(2 Thess. 2:11-12) Find pleasure in living the way God wants you to live; doing what God wants you to do; and being what God wants you to be. Sin doesn’t fit in that heart or that life. Christ gives victory over sin. It’s called the beauties of holiness. It’s called real Christian living in the year of 2013. How about it? What’s wrong with clean living? Nothing.
Join Christ and live. Be quickened with Christ and say goodbye to sin. Glory to Christ in 2013. Be holy with Christ in 2013. Be sober and vigilant (alert, watchful to Christ and against sin) in 2013. Jesus will take you over…completely…from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. Read it! Live it! Prove it! I love you! Christ loves you! Let us be a pattern and witness to holiness an clean living in 2013! Glory! He’s alive!