Be not deceived by the things of this world that appear to be good but are full of evil on the inside. It is so easy to justify the things you want to do, in order to appease the lusts of the flesh but don’t give in. It is not worth the guilt and shame that comes with it. Realize that looking at porn, having sex outside of marriage, drinking to get drunk, smoking to get high are all an abomination to God. May this sink in, every time your flesh gets moved to do such things. Learn to think and pray before you act. Come to God before the evil deed is done. Speaking of porn, these men and women may look and appeal to the flesh but they are so filthy on the inside. Don’t get tied up in this mess. Their evil deeds will eventually come to a bitter end. Do not go down with them. 1“Her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.” You know this, for it is hard to escape. 1“Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.” This is the final destination of those that live unto the flesh. It doesn’t matter what your vice is, it needs to be taken care of with God. If you are in sin, then repent. Confess your sins openly that the Lord may cover them with His blood. And once the Spirit comes into your life, 1“ponder the path of life” and stay away from things that lead to destruction. Listen and obey the Words of God, in the Bible. Then will you become immovable in the faith and not so easy to fall into sin.
Everyone that does not abide by the commands of God will be punished. To live in your own way of life is also living apart from the Lord and telling Him He does not matter. To continue in this fashion, while giving in to the desires of the flesh, will lead to your final demise, in death, if repentance is left out. Judgement will come and the willful sinner will mourn. And then forever more, when their 1“flesh and thy body are consumed” in hell. And why are they here, because they 1“hated instruction” and 1“despised reproof”. Because they did not obey the voice of God and fear Him, they ultimately were given over to fear itself. God’s wrath is over any person that decides to live their own life. And please note that saying you believe in Jesus means nothing if you continue living in willful sin. The fruits of our faith is evident when we walk with Christ and live for Him. Otherwise, you will be counted as the slothful servant, who is ultimately cast out 2“into outer darkness”, where there is 2“weeping and gnashing of teeth”. But your time is not over yet. There still is time to repent and come to God for true life changing experience. You may not be able to live differently on your own but God can do all things to those that trust in Him. I testify as Paul did, when he said, 3“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Now go forth and 3“stand fast in the Lord”. Trust in Him, lest you fall.
Let us pray:
Lord, I am so grateful that You have taken me from a life of sin. For so many years I was consumed with the lusts of the flesh. I could never get enough of the pleasures of this world. But in all this, guilt and shame continued to haunt me. Because of it, I never thought I’d ever measure up to You. I’d say, how could God forgive a sinner like me. For this reason, I’d continue to fall into sin and have no way out. It wasn’t until I fell down on my knees and asked for Your deliverance, oh God, that things changed. The day that my heart was broken and I came to You in heartfelt prayer, I could feel Your mercy. You heard all my confessions and longings for a life change. You saw that I was incapable of doing this and helped me through it all. I was weak but You made me strong. Because Your blood came over me, I was made new. My desires changed. I began to seek Your love and do as You say. And Lord, You have been working on me since. Thank You for never giving up on me, though I have slipped and fell on the way. I know that I am stronger with You in my life. I can do all things with You by my side. I trust in You Lord. Thank You for Your mercy. May others also call upon Your Name in prayer for mercy. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below
1Proverbs 5:1-13 (KJV)
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
2Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV)
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
3Philippians 4:1-13 (KJV)
1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.