Chapter 19

 

The body

The next part of our of selves we will study is the body. The body is our earthly home. The Bible refers to the body as our temple. The problem that we face with the body as a home is that it is alive and has its own a agenda. The Word makes it very clear that God wants us to take total control of  the bodies agenda. We do this by making the body with it agenda a sacrifice for the work of the Lord. This is very much apart of the denying of ourselves and allowing Jesus to live his life through us

(Rom 12:1 NKJV) 

(12) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

 

The body is our contact with the physical world. If we're going to be involved with the things of this world it will be through the desires the body. The Bible refers to the desires of the body, as the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, pride of life and the force of greed.

(1 John 2:15 17 NKJV)

(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. (16) 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. (17) And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

(Luke 11:39 NKJV) Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.
 

While we are on this earth, every thought that we have, every action that we take, will either be for the purpose off walking in the flesh, or walking in the spirit.

(Mat 6:24 - 25 NKJV)

(24)"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (25) "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

If it is no longer I who live but Christ Jesus who lives in me, I want us to ask our self a question. When Christ and I drove off the lot with our $30,000 dollar plus automobile, who do you think was sitting behind the steering wheel? Do you think it was the Christ that lives within you, or do you think maybe it could have been the pride of live that lives within your flesh. Or maybe it was the lust of the eye that gleaned at the shining new paint and the beautiful leather interior. I have driven off the lot in a new $40,000 dollar Lincoln Mark VIII at one point in my life. I know who was sitting behind the steering wheel of that car, it was the lust of the eyes in the pride of live. Was it my flesh or the Christ that lives in me that signs the contracts and credit notes when it comes to the homes we buy, the furnishings for the inside and the money we spend to care for the yard. What about the grown up toys, the trips and vacations we take.

The Bible says that God is not willing than any should perish. I wonder if God looks at the hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions a month that we, the body of Christ in this U.S. spends for the lust of our eyes, lust of our flesh, our pride of live and the force of greed, and sees the numbers of souls the that money could have saved from the pit of hell, if that money was spent monthly for the spread of the gospel.

(Luke 16:14 NKJV) Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.
(Luke 16:15 NKJV) And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

(2 Tim 3:2 NKJV) For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
(2 Tim 3:3 NKJV) unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
(2 Tim 3:4 NKJV) traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
(2 Tim 3:5 NKJV) having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
 

(Ezek 3:16 - 21 NKJV)

16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 8 "When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 "Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. 20 "Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 "Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul."

Besides spreading the gospel to save thousands of souls a month, if we each had chosen a more moderate lifestyle, I bet that there would also be enough for us to have raised the lifestyle of every poor and an suffering Christian in the U.S and probably most of the world.

(2 Cor 8:13 15 NKJV)

"For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; (14) but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack; that there may be equality.(15) As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack."

 

You take these scriptures and add them to the ones that follow, I wonder how important all the Material things that we strive so hard to obtain will be to us on the day of judgment. "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" God has giving us warning after warning as to as how He feels about our entanglement with the things of this world. I believe his final warning to us is given in revelations chapter 3 starting with verse 14

(Rev 3:14 16 NKJV)

(14) "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: (15) "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. (16) "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

(Luke 11:39 NKJV)

Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.

How horrible to give up so much for so little.

How, forever important, eternally important, is it for us to fully understand the depths of walking in the spirit. We can overcome the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye us the pride of live and greed through the power of the Holy Spirit.

(Gal 5:14 - 25 NKJV)

14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 

In closing it is very important to point out that God has not called us to be each others judges.  I have used examples of the cost of different stuff only for the purpose of making aware of how we as Christians get our focus on the wrong things.  It is very important to understand that New Testament Christianity is not legalism, but a personal relationship with God. What you do or do not do must be based on you relationship with God.  You are responsible to God for you.  We are not each others judges, your salvation is your responsibility.  If I see you doing what I believe is wrong, I first have a responsibility to  pray for you.  If I have a relationship with you,  I believe God wants me to share with you my concerns. As I have stated earlier,  I want to help you understand the importance of gain Heavenly Treasure.  I know this, the more you give of your talents, your time and your possessions while on this earth, the more Heavenly Treasure  you will have waiting for your arrive in heaven.

 

 

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