“So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” ~Romans 8:8
Indeed, those who are living solely for their carnal desires cannot please God. We are living in a society that is steeped with false teaching and outright paganism. We are in the habit of using the excuse that we were raised with poor instruction—with improper guidance by our less than perfect parents. We have become numb to all of these false teachings because we have witnessed this behavior throughout our lives. However, if you are reading this, you must want to learn the absolute truth of the word of God.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” ~Colossians 3:2
We must not only learn the word of God but also start to cooperate with the basic principles in these truth-filled scriptures as well. We have to choose to turn around and go a different direction than the ways of man. We must deliberately turn our minds away from the things of this corrupt world and back toward God.
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” ~Romans 8:5-8
The word secular defined means; to possess attitudes that have no spiritual basis, nor subject to or bound by religious rules; worldly, earthly, profane. In Latin: saeculum means worldly/temporal (lasting for a limited time, not permanent). In other words, the temporary things of this corrupted world!
It’s a fact that we are taught to be secular. We are all born into this carnal world and follow the ways of the secular masses unless we are one of the very few that are raised by the absolute truth of God’s sacred word. But, as for the rest of us, we are aimlessly wandering around with our secular, immoral values, and pagan, greed-based mentality, trying to beat everyone else to the top.
“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” ~James 4:4 ESV
Yes, we are all misled by our taught secular ideals. We don’t know the truth because we haven’t even thought about seeking it out. We are the byproduct of our corrupted environment. We accept what our parents taught us by example, and live the same misguided lifestyle generation after generation. That is — until something happens to make us willing to see things differently.
We have accepted all of the secular social activities as the norm, like drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, as well as everything that goes along with this partying lifestyle. Smoking is becoming less acceptable due to awareness of increased health risks, but drinking alcohol and acting a fool is just as popular and socially/morally acceptable as ever.
In fact, it’s promoted by society as a fun thing. We are actually encouraged to find it amusing to be falling down drunk, to become so drunk that we can no longer stand, and have to crawl home.
This image is a real sign I photographed in front of a bar in Atlanta. Yes, it’s supposed to be a joke, but the subliminal message is obvious —it’s perfectly okay to get smashed!
Sadly enough we might approach such activities with a much different attitude if we only knew what God actually had to say about these things.
“For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.” ~1 Peter 4:3 NIV
If we want to call ourselves children of God, we must stop living as children of the world. We simply need to walk away from our old secular behaviors. We must learn to understand God’s ways and what His will is for us. He doesn’t want us to do anything that might harm our bodies or reduce our ability to receive His divine inspiration and lessen our reception to His supernatural communication.
We are so willing to just give up and accept that we are nothing more than the byproduct of our circumstances. However, the truth is that we are really the results of our choices! We get to choose what we believe as well as what we do. This is the essence of that mark in our head and in our hand that Jesus tells us about; in our forehead is that which we think, in our right hand, that which we do. So, choose wisely!
The bottom line is that we are no longer at the mercy of our parental traditions. If we make poor choices because our parents did, we can just choose again once we learn the truth. When we finally understand that what we are doing is detrimental to our lives—our health, our relationships, our all-around existence as well as our eternity—we can simply choose to make a better choice. This self-centered secularism doesn’t have to continue to rule over our lives. We are free agents to choose a different road.
”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.” ~1 John 2:15-17
God wants so much more for us than the things of this world. As long as we choose to be led astray from God’s perfect will for us, we will be caught up in the harmful deceptions of the devil, and will always pay the price. Every choice we make has a consequence, both good and bad. So, again I say, choose wisely.
”Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.” ~1 Peter 4:1- 4
We have become totally unaware that this secular/pagan world, with its sin-filled culture, is driving our society deeper and deeper into immorality. Our traditions are so saturated with its debases influence that we have become completely blinded to its very presence.
Generations of acceptance have made us oblivious to how great the deviation from our Biblical roots has become. Only through studying the word of God can we realize how far we’ve wandered. The closer I get to God, the more disgusted I become toward the immorality of this world. Our society has become a promoter of blatant immorality and inhumane, abominable sin, all in the name of freedom. Righteousness has become offensive, and sin is now identified as true freedom.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~Romans 12:2
Q: Do you do as God says or are you led by society?
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