“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
I remember going to the City Mall the other day. In usual manner, the shops in the Mall were well stocked up with amazing (seemingly) beautiful items begging to be bought off the shelf. Attractions and distractions kept both children and adult busy all day long as they move from one store to another, wanting all, desiring all, coveting all. Children were begging to stay longer, and those ones who could not curtail emotions burst out crying after their parents if they were denied certain indulgience, I guess there were lots of adults also who were bemoaning silently without letting out. At the end of the day, shop attendants closed their stores for the evening, music dies off and everyone heads home.
Visiting the Mall could be comparatively describes living in the world because we are only visiting. The world we live in is full of ephemerals and things that has no lasting values, unfortunately above all, it keeps people from taking cognizance to notice the time as it ticks on all. The world is full of attractions of sinful things that can lead to death and eventually Hellfire. Before some of us met with the Lord, like those little kids at the Mall, we have “Desires” in us to want it all, attracted to it all and cannot say No to any.
The scripture says, we are in the World but we do not belong to the world. Apostle John counselled us:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:15-16
Sin has its pleasures and consequences. The problem of man is “Desire” within. The five senses; taste, touch, smell, hearing, and seeing, all report to the carnal mind – which is the enemy of God. These senses are what Satan uses to tempt us! The lust of the flesh includes tasting, feeling, touching, smelling, and hearing. The lust of the eyes is seeing. The pride of life is thinking you are special because of who you are, what you have, what you know, or what you look like.
The enemy uses these three things, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, to entice us to sin. Scripture shows this process at work in both the Garden of Eden and on the Mount of Temptation.
In the Garden of Eden: «The woman, Eve, saw that «the tree was good for food» – the lust of the flesh, «it was pleasant to the eyes» – the lust of the eyes, and «a tree to be desired to make one wise» – the pride of life (Genesis 3:6). Of course you know the rest of the story! Eve was deceived, Adam disobeyed, sin came into the world, and death passed upon all men by sin, for that ALL have sinned…
On the Mount of Temptation: When the tempter came to Jesus, he said, «If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.» Matthew 4:3 – the lust of the flesh. «The devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, ‹All these things will I give thee.›» Matthew 4:8-9 – the lust of the eyes. «Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, ‹If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.›» Matthew 4:5-6 – the pride of life. Through the power of the Spirit, with the Sword of the Spirit, Christ successfully resisted the temptations of the Devil and now we can too! If we are to live succesfully in the world, we must emulates the life of Jesus Christ.
For to be carnally minded (minding the things of the flesh) is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind (minding the things of the flesh) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God…
The greatest battle we all face in our lives is the battle within, the battle between the flesh and the spirit.The Lord said, “But you shall receive Power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV
It was this Power the Apostles of old received that caused them to be called Christians (Christlikes) in Antioch (Acts 11:26). The Power made them to turned the world of sin upside down for Christ (Acts. 17:6).
In the time I had not known Christ I had my fair share of the world’s attractions, I drank iniquity as one drinks water, I walloped in my degradation and degenerated mind until Christ have Mercy on me.
The Cult “church” which I stumbled into made things worse, but when I received the Light of Christ into my heart through His infallible Word, and The Spirit of God took resident in my heart, uprooting the old man (desire for sin) that usually open the door of my heart to the gang of robbers (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life), I became a new creature, a royal priest, a holy nation. No more desire for sinful indulgence. Whenever my former friends sees me and ask why I stopped doing some things we used to do together, I am quick to let them know that Sin does not live here anymore, it has relocated to another address. This is my greatest Testimony.
Are you still indulging the flesh?
Do you still go back to your vomit?
A change is easy if the heart is ready, allow Holy Spirit to brood over your heart, allow Him to take full control of your thoughts and reasoning. Begin to walk with like minds friends (Brethren), feed hungrily in His Word. Stop playing Church, and in no time your desires for sins will be dead, and as 2Cor.5:17 says “All things become new.” Remember all these will end one day. As the stores owners closed up, and music in the Mall dies off, so also we will all go home one day.
Goodbye the passions of sins, goodbye the desires to sin, goodbye world. I no longer stay with you, I made up my mind to go God’s way for the rest of my life. I have got my mind made up, and I will not turn back because I want to see my Jesus, my Lord, someday.