If a person is going to live for God, he must have a way of overcoming fleshly indulgence. The lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh have been sources of temptation since the time of Eve. How are we to overcome them? By beholding the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. That is, by looking unto Him who is unseen and seeking His approval at all times, we can be empowered to resist such temptation.
To go to church, or be a part of a church, does not protect you from fleshly indulgence. This is because no set of eyes there – no matter how many sets are there – are able to see into your heart where temptation operates. Only Jesus Christ can see into your heart. In fact, He can see more of it than you can. As you relate to Him, and try to live uprightly before Him, He can give you the strength to resist every temptation. There is no human being who can be with you all of the time. And if you could find one who could, that person would not be able to see into your heart.
Not only is it logically true that church is no value against fleshly indulgence, it is also empirically true. That is, all the sins that beset society beset the church as well: adultery, sexual promiscuity of all kinds, even child abuse. This fact is confirmed by the news on a regular basis.
There is only one Person who can protect you from fleshly indulgence. Your relationship with Jesus Christ – which includes staying conscious of His loving, righteous eyes at all times – is all the protection you will need from temptations of the flesh. I am not saying that you won’t ever give in to temptation. I am saying that you won’t ever give in to temptation while you have your eyes on Him. If you fall to temptation, it will be because you lost sight of Him. Stay strong and do not lose sight of Him.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.