1Jo 2:15 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.
For those of us who are filled with the spirit of El Elyon – the Most High God – we find ourselves dwelling in a system that is foreign to us. In fact, the system of the world, is so out of touch with the “things of the Spirit,’ that I would venture to say that there is no reconciliation between the two. As we are told elsewhere, in the Bible we are sojourners here, strangers in a strange land.
The culture that I find myself dwelling in, is steeped in providing images, events, music, movies, television shows, Internet sites, magazines, endless dribble on talk shows, that feed the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Let’s look at each one of these and remember that nothing much has changed since these words were written 2000 years ago.
The lust of the flesh. In John’s day porno was just as big as it was today. In certain cities there were phallic symbols painted on the streets to show the way to the brothels. Today we have, wardrobe malfunctions at the Super bowl, the gyrations of Lady Ga Ga, and a host of others of her ilk, and Internet pornography, which is only a click of the mouse away. All of this calls to unwary souls, and those who do not know better can easily be caught up in the life style that it promulgates.
There was a man who I watched grow up from a kid of 10 or so. I hadn’t seen him in years and so I asked him what he was doing. He smiled and said he worked in the Porn industry and his crew was one of the best… He was caught in the deception, snared by the lust of the flesh and in fact had given his life over to it.
Men today are bombarded with what I would call soft porn images. These appear especially in Victoria Secret magazines, which are really nothing more than Playboy magazines of the 1950’s. My wife has asked countless times not to receive them but they come anyway. However, she immediately throws these airbrushed, babes, in the trash.
We drive down the freeway and we see half naked women plastered on the billboards. All of these images appeal to the lust of the eyes.
We see sports figures, actors, politicians who think that they have “arrived,” as is demonstrated by their boastful attitudes and lack of humility. They forget their talent was, and is, a loan from God. We see this in their swagger and confidence in their flesh. It is the pride of life, as they are in their prime, their moment of glory. However, there will come a time, years later, when strength will fade, and eyes will dim and the bones will creak. Give him the glory that is due now!
In closing today’s Bun. We live in this world and we are surrounded by all of this junk. So I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you a tool that I use, on a daily basis to navigate through it.
First, I read the word every day. My wifey and I start each day with a reading from the word. We go through chapter at at time and then we pray. Some of you are on our list. Then as I go through the day, I’m careful to guard my eyes and my heart. We can’t pretend that we don’t see what is front of us, however we can choose not to take a second look.
I also feel as though I’m holding everything, at arm’s length. I also laugh at the stuff I see. Laughter is a great way to diffuse the stuff that comes at us! Nothing comes “in” unless I allow it. I find myself going to prayer as situations present themselves as when I heard about a minute of Mel Gibson’s rant. I turned the radio off and prayed. This is a cogent example of how the system of the world appeals to the lust of flesh. Most people can’t wait to lap up the dirt on Gibson. Our media feeds us this dribble daily.
When we set our minds on Him, He fills us with His peace and strength, and most of all JOY! The world does not know this and in fact millions are looking for it and cannot find it. Those of us who know Him, by experience, have the tools we need, to not only to navigate through this crazy broken world, but to be lights that shine in the darkness!
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