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January 12, 2021 1:00 am
It’s sad, but true: in our modern, “enlightened” culture, we no longer repent of our sins. Instead, we’ve learned to manage them. We do this, knowing full well that God is not fooled. Yet, we do it anyway. This deception produces bitter fruit.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
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We no longer we've learned to manage them. We do this knowing full well that God is not yet we do it anyway today bitter fruits of deception from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is Sir who's clear teaching helps us make it across the master loser. It's clear that lots of people are quite happy enjoying their sins and urge others to join them. Dave that's very true in the book of Romans, Paul condemns those who not only sin but encourage others to send along with them. That's the human heart, and you know in my ministry. One of the things that I've discovered is that unless we point people to Jesus Christ, the human heart does not change the real transformation is an inner transformation, thanks to the gospel of the Ministry of running to win continues to proclaim this gospel, to as many people as possible. Let me tell you this about the ministry of radio. It goes to places that you and I would not think about it goes to homes and cars and offices.
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We most assuredly would think that the earth is stationary and the sun is really revolving around the earth when fact, science now tells us that is the opposite way and there's no way we know what God programmed into disobedience that's known only to him, but the serpent was saying TE very clearly was even feel don't think. Don't use your intellect, reject God's instructions and do that which is most urgent and most immediate, but redefine it as something very good and helpful. I was the first mistake.
She preferred God's perceptions to God's word. Secondly, she took the words of the serpent rather than the word of God. Now this gets intriguing because it says in first Timothy that Adam was not deceived. He ate knowingly but he was deceived. This is first Timothy chapter 2 it was a genuine deception and that means that she thought for whatever reason that the words of the serpent were more authoritative than God's words. She thought that the serpent had insight into what this tree was all about and its consequences were really even hit from God. God says you shall die.
The serpent says you shall not really die God's motives are in your he's concerned that if you you're going to end up being like he is and he doesn't want that is insecure. He doesn't want the competition.
And that's really the reason why you're not supposed she bought a lie and so she accepted that. Now what the serpent did tell her it was partly true.
You know it says in verse 22 of this chapter that God himself says that man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Let me explain it this way. God knows all about evil, but he knows it like a surgeon might know something about a disease or about it. Physical condition. He knows it is not participating in it is not a part of it. When Adam and Eve decided to sin. They then experienced evil in an experiential way in a way that God has never experienced it because God is never done evil and immediately Adam and Eve began to do evil terrible knowledge, deadly knowledge, but what she decided to do was to go with what the serpent was telling her the devil came and we don't know what servants look like in those days, but he was intriguing. He was interesting and he seemed to know the thing that God didn't what I say is a parenthesis I find it very interesting that Eve was deceived by an animal, over which she had total control. God had told Adam and Eve I give you authority over all the animals they will obey you. You tell them to come into the garden will come into the garden. You tell them to leave the garden.
They believe the guard you tell them to stay in a certain area and they will do that. I will give you authority over all the animals and that it looted authority over the serpent and here Eve does not exercise that authority but is beguiled by the serpent and she preferred his wisdom to God's there's 1/3 mistake that she made and that is she really chose the present over the future she chose time rather than eternity. Now it's hard for us to visualize, but put yourself in Eve's shoes, though I don't think at this point she was wearing them, but nonetheless here you see this beautiful tree and you think to yourself that you can predict the consequences you are going to have knowledge of that is going to make you like God but of course the future was hidden from her. She could have no possible I all what would really happen as a result of this if you Eve looking down the corridors of time, had seen the suffering that took place in World War I and all the wars that preceded World War I if she somehow with infinite knowledge could have foreseen the Holocaust if she could have foreseen the more inclusive ball and the destruction that sin has brought upon this earth. And then if she could have looked into an eternal hell where many of the worlds population will be forever most assuredly should have said it's not worth it. It's not worth it. It's not that I will not eat of the fruit all that she saw was that present moment. That's all that mattered. It was a tree to be desired to make one wise its fruit looked so appealing and her desires. Said he go for it and she did and she tripped a series of dominoes that suddenly landed the whole world into sand the future generations would all be born sinful. We are a part of the dilemma and on and on the waves and the repercussion of her disobedience continue to go all the way into eternity for her it was just the present moment. That's all that mattered.
Where is God in this. That's the way modern man is I read a story about how some college students from a Christian school, went to spring break to try to witness to kids on the beach a meta-group of guys with a couple of six packs under their arm and they were on their way to a wet T-shirt contest in here they're trying to lead these people to Christ is that you need Jesus in the guise of things Jesus are you kidding I mean God, what, why bring God into this.
We got a good thing going here.
The girls are there waiting you're talking about God.
All that matters is the present moment will deal with God and will deal with eternity later, but eternity does, what is it that I'm trying to say the consequences of the course of this disobedience is evident. We begin now to hide our sin and that's next week's sermon, but we want to do is to cover ourselves because we become insecure. We're fearful that people will know the arc that's one consequence, the other consequences that we begin to excuse our sin now now were going to begin to think differently when God says one thing and our desires want something else were going to say either that God doesn't mean it or there is some exception for us, or we are going to say that we can live with the consequences like one man said just tell me the worst thing that can happen if I divorce my wife and married a woman I know. Love is the worst that can happen, and then all will calculate the consequences and say okay, those are manageable only with those consequences in order that my desires might be fulfilled. That's the nature of human beings and that's why the Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it.
Our desires along to the deceived. They love being to say. They say to the mind to figure it out figured out find some excuse find some way to rationalize it but I want one. I want to and I now this moment. Give it to me. The mind goes into actions is okay I'll think this through will figure out a way by which we can manage it.
Man said to me struggling with pornography said you know he said is it is not sin. He said God created the human body created it beautiful's artistic symmetry and we honor God by admiring his creation how you can answer that argument that that's a pretty good argument is exactly what Eve's argument is good for food, it's pleasant to the eyes. We honor God by admiring and accepting and eating his creation, except for one thing, God built into these things hidden consequences indiscernible by the human eye. We can see it, but these consequences. These dominoes are set up and when we disobey God has said one thing we tell ourselves another and we are in trouble, both in this life and in the life to come.
Let me throw this in at no extra cost today to your getting some extras. No decision in this life is good.
If any eternity. It turns out to be a bad decision. So if you're ever deciding is this a good thing or a bad thing.
Ask yourself 100 years from now which decision will I wish I had made so we gave priority to her perceptions.
She gave priority to the serpent she gave priority to the immediate moment and what is God's answer to the fact that we are desire driven.
First of all, God gives us a new heart gives us new desires more I study this, the more material I had until I realized I have to boil it down somehow all that you need to do is to take your concordance and look up the word desire or look up the word heart which is often a synonym for desire. You discovered very interesting things that God says all that they might have a heart that fears me when God is saying is I want these people to have a desire to hear who I am. Where do those holy desires come from, but from God. And that's with the new birth is all about.
God told Israel he says I will create a new heart within you all take out the heart of stone that heart of rationalization that heart with all of its defense mechanisms. I will take out that hard, and I'll give you a heart that loves me nuts with the new birth is all about meta-woman this week who said to me you know my daughter is a born-again Christian, but I'm not and she began to criticize some of the beliefs of her daughter and some of the beliefs that her daughter had were ones with which I disagree. I do have to indicate that, but that's why you can get to heaven without having a new heart. God declares is righteous, but he changes as it is, it is Jonathan Edwards wrote his book on religious affections to talk about the internal changes on the heart that can version brings about try to help us distinguish between false conversion and genuine conversion.
If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation with a new desire for God's word with a new desire for God so God gives us a new heart. Secondly, here's where the rub, it's because I'm preaching largely to Christians today though I do hope that others many others are listening comes this way can a Christian, but I still have on holy desires to crime a mixed bag. I got desires that are holy and I got on holy desires and it's has to do with new ownership.
Pulse is a walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the desires is the word the desires of the flesh. Paul even indicated in Romans seven that he himself struggled. He says I wore with these desires within the I want to do one thing I end up doing another, and we know what that battle is all about. You read that text and it looks as if it's about walk in the spirit, in faith we are cleansed in faith. We walk by the Spirit, and in this spirit begins to take control and the holy desires began to take over, you know, there's that old legend that said that someone once asked an Indian or the Indian rather said I have two dogs within me. I have an evil dog and I have a good dog and they fight it out within me.
We can identify with that and someone said which one wins and he says the one that I feed. So what you do is you feed through the word and through the fellowship of God's people and through prayer you feed those holy desires and they become stronger and stronger and new heart and a new ownership. Listen to verses like this you read them. The new light. After this message. It says in 37 Psalm delight thyself also in the Lord and he will give me the desires of thine heart. How can God give us the desires of our hearts. When our desires are evil. Of course he can't talk about the new desires even in the Old Testament before the ministry of the spirit was quite as expansive as it is in the new people were converted. They had a new heart with new desires. It says in the Psalms that I will.
God is speaking, I will fulfill the desires of those who fear me. Psalm 73 ASAP said whom and by in heaven, but the end there is none that I desire upon the earth except the transformation of desires. There's the love of God, a new heart, new desires, new ownership and a whole new love whole new love. You know how difficult it is to battle these desires in the New Testament there just two instances where it says that if you're victorious will receive the crown of life. One is in the book of Revelation where it says those who are willing to die for their faith. Be faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life. The only other place is in James one, where it says that those who overcome temptation those who are not dragged away by these desires will receive the crown of life.
Could it be that martyrdom is really not a whole lot worse than subduing the desires of the flesh and giving them to God and saying, Lord, and my passion for you greater than my passion to sin was a man in a church, claims to be a Christian we won't judge it will take him at his word, who heard a message on restitution and was so angry with the speaker that he really would not speaker who was preaching about restitution later on this man. The speakers that with this man and said, you gotta tell me cough it up what's going on. I said well tell you he said I I'm receiving Workmen's Compensation for the rest of my life because of an injury that I sustained, but he said it was not an injury that I sustained at work. It was an injury that I sustained while on a vacation, so I lied. I filled out all the forms and I'm getting paid for the rest of my life, and he said if you are right by what you're saying but God demands restitution and that we should be fully right with God and man. He said if I went back to the compensation board I would be thrown in.
This pastor said to him you know that that's really a small price to pay to be fully right with God. Now that is a small price to pay to be fully right but the man wouldn't buy know I'm going to live a lie until the day I die that even rhymes I didn't realize that I'm a little lie until the day I die. Bottom line is his passion for God to greater than his passion to hide his sin and get by with deceit and dishonor God through dishonesty.
It's always the $64 question. There is no way we can overcome these passions because we it's not a matter of fact it's not a matter of information, you can argue until you're blue in the face of the whole issue is clear and somebody says I see your argument. I have no answer for them but I'm gonna do what I'm going to do this, we are desire driven except for one fact that is the grief of God the grief of God and if we love the him more then anything else. We will say no to the natural tendency to hide and justify our sin and say what ever the cost want to please Almighty God walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. Let's pray our father, we are such deceitful creatures so filled with ourselves so unwilling to face up to what you reveal to us. Would you grant in the life of all of us, a willingness to submit a willingness to say Lord what ever the cost. Whomever I have to go to whatever I need to make right whether it is going to prison. I love you so much. I will say no to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and I will pursue holy passion. Help us to do that. Oh father, we ask because we stand in great need of your liberating grace and power father doing us only that which you can do we reject old dependence upon human means, except to cry to you and say father here we are. We need your help. We need your mercy and we need to be honest, grant us that we pray in Jesus name amen my friend today.
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