What can I gain from the world?
1 John 2:16: “For all that is in the world, the last of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful of pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
1) Lust of the flesh
• Jesus said, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:28 NASV)”.
• 2 Samuel 11:2-5: Now when the evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and she said,” I am pregnant.”
• James said, “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (James 1: 14).”
• James said, “You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel (James 4:2).”
• Solomon said, “For a harlot is a deep pit and an adulterous woman is a narrow well. Surely she lurks as a robber, and increases the faithless among men (Proverbs 23:27-28).”
• Solomon said, “From the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, And I saw among the naïve, and discerned among the youths a young man lacking sense, passing through the street near her corner; and he takes the way to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, in the middle of the night and in the darkness. And behold, a woman comes to meet him, dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous and rebellious, her feet do not remain at home; She is now in the streets, now in the squares, and lurks by every corner. So she seizes him and kisses him and with a brazen face she says to him: “I was due to offer peace offerings; today I have paid my vows. Therefore I have come out to meet you, to seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you. “I have spread my couch with coverings, with colored linens of Egypt. I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, alones and cinnamon. Come let us drink our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with caresses. For my husband is not at home, he has gone on a long journey; he has taken a bag of money with him. At the full moon he will come home (Proverbs 7:6-20).”
The lust of the flesh will destroy you emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
2) Lust of the eyes
• Now the serpent was craftier than any other beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from the |any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it, or you will die.’ “The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate( Geneses 3:1-6)
• Isaiah said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High (Isaiah 14:14).”
• James said, “You adulterous, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4).”
• Paul said, “ Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God ( Romans 8:7-8).”
• Paul said, “Therefore God gave them over the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worship and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. ‘For this reason God gave them over to degrading passion; for their women exchanged for the natural function for that which is unnatural, and the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in the their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving their own persons the due penalty of their error (Romans 1:24-27).”
The lust of the eyes will distort your perception about life.
3) Boastful pride of life
• James said, “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil things (James 3: 14, 16).”
• Paul said, “But to those who are selfishly and ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation (Romans2:8).”
• Peter said, “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lust (2 Peter 3:3).”
• Jude said, that they were saying to you,” In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lust. Those are the ones who cause divisions, worldly minded, devoid of the Spirit (Jude 18).”
• Paul said, “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Corinthians 2:14).”
The boastful pride of life will bring you to your demise.
These are not from the Father, and they are the enemies of our souls!
Romans 13:14: “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”
Romans 6:19: “I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.”
Four Steps to a Spiritually Transformed Life
Romans 12:1-2: Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifices, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of wisdom. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Step 1: Present Your Bodies as Living and Holy Sacrifices
Romans 12:1: Therefore I urge you, brethren by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifices, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of wisdom.
Romans 6:13: and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Psalm 37:5: Commit your way to the LORD, Trust in Him, and He will do it.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be establish.
Ephesians 5:1, 2: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as fragrant aroma.
Step 2: Do Not Be Conformed To This World
1 John 2:15, 16: Do not love this world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all the in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful of pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
Romans 13:13, 14: Let us behavior properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lust.
Ephesians 4:21, 22: That, in reference to you former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lust of deceit.
Hebrews 12:1: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Ephesians 5:11: Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of the darkness, but instead even expose them.
Step 3: Be Transformed By the Renewing of Your Mind
Ephesians 4:23: And you are renewed in the spirit of your mind.
Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you present your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting to sanctification.
Step 4: Know God’s Acceptable and Perfect Will
Ephesians 5:10, 17: Trying to learn what is pleasing to the LORD. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the LORD is.
Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 6: 14: For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.
Galatians 2:20: “ I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no long I who live, but Christ lives in m; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Romans 6:6, 7: Knowing this that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who died is freed from sin.
King Solomon says that those who linger long over wine and those who go to taste mixed wine are those who have sorrow, contentions, complaining, wounds without cause, and redness of the eyes (Proverbs 23:29-30). Does this sound familiar to you?
He also said that wine is a mocker, and strong drink is a brawler; and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise (Proverbs 20:1). But do not worry, the Bible has all of the wisdom we need. This post has verses and encouragement for Christians and otherwise who may be struggling with addiction.
King Solomon pointed out that alcohol addiction is matter of choice and active decision by each individual. He says do not look on the wine when it is red. Do not look when it sparkles in the cup. Do not look when it goes down smoothly (Proverbs 23:31a-c). King Solomon was giving a fair warning that those who gaze upon the wine will lose control of their emotions and thoughts if they don’t stop. He also points out that the effects of wine are so strong that it is like some who is in love. King Solomon said, “And your mouth likes the best wine! It goes down smoothly for my beloved, Flowing gently thought the lips of those who fall asleep (Song of Solomon 7:9).” He also uses the comparison of the strong drink to the bite of the serpent and the passion of the viper. King Solomon said, “At last it bites like a serpent and stings like a viper (Job 20:16).” Your eyes will see strange things and your mind will utter perverse things. And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, or like one who lies down on the top of the mast. “They struck me, but I did not become ill; They beat me, but I did not know it. When I shall awake? I will seek another drink (Proverbs 32-35).” Solomon said, “Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly (Proverbs 26:11).” This is the insanity of the problems that accompany addiction.
The prophet Isaiah said, “Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drinks, which stay up late in the evening that wine may inflamed them (Isaiah 5:11).”
The Apostle Paul said, “So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of God is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:17-18).” You are not alone in your addiction. There are other brothers and sisters in Christ who are willing to offer support and encouragement from the word of God. We need support because otherwise there will be consequences.
King Solomon also points out that our choices or decisions come with major consequences (Proverbs 23:29):
- Wounds without cause
- Redness of eyes
For anyone who has been dealing with addiction these things become the norm in your daily life. These things have such a strong hold in our lives that sometimes we cannot see the way out or feel hopelessness for a long period of time – days or even years. Well there is a way you can overcome the strong hold of addiction and its power. Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness (2Corinthians 12: 9).” Paul said, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is (Romans 12:2a).” Paul says, “If God is for us who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? Paul closed Romans chapter 8 by asking the rhetorical question: Who will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus? The answer? NOTHING! In heaven or on earth nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:35-39). Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy- laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOUL. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).” So contrary to the conventional wisdom that says there is no cure for addiction problems… Jesus proclaimed that He is the cure!
James said, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:5-6).” Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8).” There is power in the name of Jesus! All we must do is ask.
This article helps to explain from God’s word the three steps of sanctification…
- We confess our sins:
- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgives us our sins and purify us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).”
- We turn over our lives to Jesus:
- “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).”
- “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).”
- We allow the Holy Spirit to transform us daily:
- “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:26-28).”
- “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith (Romans 12:1-3).”
- “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you (Acts 1:8a).”
- “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16,25).”
Welcome to the Spiritual Resolution Ministry where you can find gospel-oriented, Christ-centered answers to your questions and concerns about addictions. May God bless you richly in your search!
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