At the root of our beings we ALL are adulterers.
We struggle with keeping God first place in our lives. Other things pull us away. We are tempted daily.
“Each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.” ~James 1:14-15
We have desires that are not godly. These desires come from our flesh.
Maybe you’ve heard it put this way:
“The deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these…” ~Galatians 5:19-21
But I think the language from The Message may speak more clearly to us today:
It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex (immorality); a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage (impurity); frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness (sensuality); trinket gods (idolatry); magic-show religion (sorcery); paranoid loneliness (enmitites); cutthroat competition (strife); all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants (jealousy); a brutal temper (outbursts of anger); an impotence to love or be loved (disputes); divided homes and divided lives (dissensions); small-minded and lopsided pursuits (factions); the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival (envying); uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions (drunkenness); ugly parodies of community (carousing). ~Galatians 5:19-21
Some things in that list scare me. I don’t want anything to take the place of my God. And yet, these things, these desires of the flesh, lure and entice. But the enticement is not the sin. When it’s conceived it gives birth to sin.
Maybe you’ve heard it this way, “You can’t keep a bird from flying over your head, but you don’t have to let him build a nest in your hair.”
I don’t want a “spirit of adultery” — unfaithfulness — building a nest in my hair. I want to do the will of my Father. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Therefore, how much I love Him is in direct proportion to my obedience to Him.
So . . . how do I keep the birds from building a nest?
“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” ~2 Corinthians 10:5
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” ~Philippians 4:8
This is our struggle while living in the flesh, to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. That sounds so hard, yet, we are not without hope:
“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” ~Galatians 5:24-25
Oh, Lord GOD, fill me with Your Spirit this day! Let me see how You desire for me to live, and give me the strength to walk that path. In Your Son’s name, I ask, amen.
Thanks, Birgit, for a thought-provoking post.