Borrowed Truths

Stop Trying

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Borrowed Truths

Stop Trying

The pride of life is not always exhibited externally, in fact many people are filled with pride but will not allow it to be expressed before others for fear of some form of embarrassment. They will of course attempt to in certain circles, but when pride is voiced it most generally brings about some form of conflict, pride when voiced expresses an attitude of being better than those around them, and the natural inclination of man is not to acquiesce to that supposed hierarchy expressed, but to defend oneself against it.

No form of authority will be adhered to unless it is by force or fear in the area of pride.

The lust of the eyes speaks directly to the heart, what we see we want, and if there is any means that we can obtain that item, we will take it. If a man does not know that something exists, he cannot covet it, but once he sees it, his heart speaks to him, his heart desires it, and until he can abate those feelings, if you will, it will consume him.

The lust of the flesh embodies both of these other two lusts spoken of in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” And if there is one thing that I do not need to tell you, it is that the old nature within us cannot be defeated by us, its call is nearly constant.

I would ask that you consider the wording in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” Paul was not led to write, “I have learned how to keep my body under subjection continuosly,” in fact just the opposite. “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 7:19) These are just two more of the proofs that we are being sanctified, and that sanctification will not be complete until we are glorified.

Herein lies, in part, the reason for the great falling away that is upon us, far too many have determined that the main focus of their life is to be as perfect as much as they can in their walk with the Lord and have left the path of service to others. The life of Christ was not self-centered but centered on glorifying the Lord God by becoming a servant of all. “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matt. 23:11) That cannot be accomplished if your life revolves around self-betterment, around self in any way, shape or form.

What it becomes is a works-based system, one that attempts to hinder that which we see as evil, the flesh, and practice that which is good, obedience, but that obedience falls short to the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself. Those who have fallen into this trap are attempting by their own power to attain some form of righteousness and have by default then determined that since they must work continuously at this enablement, to attempt to assist others would be seen as judgmental.

It is indeed a very subtle trap, and if the Lord God has allowed you to see it, praise His name for opening your eyes in this matter.

We who have been born-again have been justified by God, we are being sanctified by Him as well, neither of these things were we able to do of ourselves, nor did He need our assistance in performing them in our lives. Our new nature has no power within itself, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 is a verse I would highly recommend you memorize and recall each time one of those three lusts mentioned in this letter appears in your life.

To put it all simply my friends, stop trying to better yourself, submit yourself to the will of God. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13)

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