|STEP SEVEN - REJECTING THE DEEDS OF THE FLESH OF MAN |
"Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11,12)
"Now this I say brethren, that no flesh or blood can inherit the kingdom of God, neither doth corruption inherit incorruption". "For Christ had suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the Spirit." "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin." "For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sin, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being death wherein we were held; that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter." "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flowers of the grass. The grass withereth and the flowers thereof falls away: but the word of God endures forever and this is the word which is preached unto." "That no flesh should glory in His presence."
God, the Almighty Creator, our heavenly Father, who loves us very much, realized that, the Devil is using thee flesh to destroy us. In order to save us, he had to put to death the flesh and that was exactly what Christ did. Tbe Bible says that, "For as by one man's disobedience, many were made sinners, so also by one man many shall be made righteous. Satan was able to deceive man through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. "Every man is tempted when he is drawn away with is own lust, and enticed, then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin and when sin is finished bring forth death." Lust, the bible says is of the devil "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do."
The message Christ's death on the cross is giving us is that, "Love not the world, neither the things that are inthe world. If a man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is inthe world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but of the world and the world passes away and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever."
"For flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God."
The deeds of the flesh is rooted in the sin of covetousness
Covetousness leads one to disobey all the commandments of God, which then brings about sin. It leads one t bear false witness against the neighbor, steal the belongings of the neighbor, commit adultery, kill neighbor, and then dishonoring the father and mother. One's life will now be shortened upon the land, which the Lord God gave when dealt with according to the law. Covetousness makes one to work seven days instead of six, leads one to take the name of the Lord in vain, and makes graven images, which serve as gods. It leads one to acquire so much material things and riches, which becomes an idol in the heart.
What is Covetousness?
Covetousness is a strong, unsatisfying, inordinate, excessive desire of acquiring, obtaining, possessing, and keeping some possessed good usually in a bad sense and applied frequently to an inordinate, unlimited, unlawful and extreme desire of riches. It is to desire in an illegal and evil way to have by hook or crook, in one way or another, by far means or foul means, those things that are possessed by others. It is an immoderate desire to gain and to get various kinds of things, which may seem innocent and safe, but will be dangerous, when they will be accumulated exceedingly and will be secured by force or in a sinful way. It is the good eager to acquire and possess something that belongs to somebody else.
Examples of Covetousness
Lucifer, who is well known as Satan, before his fall was next to the triune God in power and in authority. However, he coveted to be God and fell into depths of sin, because of his covetousness. "I will ascend above the heights of clouds: I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:14) Read also Ezekiel 28.
Satan after falling because of his covetousness trapped Adam and Eve into the same snare and provoked them to desire to be as God and introduced the Sin of Covetousness into the world. The Satan, Adam and Eve coveted to be like God. Let us see the whole story in the Bible. Genesis 3:1-7."" Take note of verse 4 and 5 ""
What brings about sin of covetousness - Lust
The Bible says in James 1:12-14 that "Let no man say when I am tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempt he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived it brings forth sin; and when sin it is finished, brings forth death." Again The Bible says in John 8:44 that "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it. He did lied to Eve, and out of lust, she took of the fruit and ate it and gave it to Adam and he did eat too. The Bible says in Genesis 3:16 that "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the tree thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat."
The three things that led Eve to eat the fruit are lust of the flesh (good for food), lust of the eyes (pleasant in the eyes) and the pride of life (a tree to be desired to make one wise)
If Lust brings about sin and sin when it is finished brings about death, what then should we do to overcome lust? In 1 John 2:15-17, the Bible tells us that "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, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world and the world passes away the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever."
Abstain from Covetousness
And Jesus said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.1 Tim 6:7
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
How can one abstain from covetousness - contentment
Contentmeent is the state of being satisfied with what one has, not wanting more.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.