We have been given a new nature, one that wants to please the Lord. Let’s cultivate this new nature!
My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding;
2 so that you will preserve discretion and your lips keep watch over knowledge.
3 For the lips of a woman who is a stranger [a loose woman–representative of enticement] drip honey, her mouth is smoother than oil;
4 but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, sharp as a double-edged sword.
God’s words on the Mount Sinai were designed to show us that without Him, we cannot resist evil. Our emotions and our feelings are too strong for us to handle. They always have been. Look at Eve:
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her; and he ate. Genesis 3:6
- She saw it in a new light, the light of deception. Satan tempted her.
- It was pleasing to her–it looked delicious. God designed it to be good, only not to be eaten at this time. The sin was not in the fruit, but in the act of rebellion.
- Desire took over. Lest anyone blame Eve, Adam was standing right there! We have to assume that by his inaction he condoned what Eve was doing. We are in this together!
Jesus came to fix us by forgiving our sin and coming to live inside of us, thus giving us His power and His mind so that we can resist sin and learn to be just like Him. Even though we will not be back to how things used to be in the Garden of Eden until Christ returns, we can have the mind of Christ, which is something that Adam and Eve didn’t have! In a way, we are closer to God than they were; they walked with God when He came to walk with them in the garden, but Christ, through the Holy Spirit, is in us 24/7. We are NEVER without Him!
At one time, the Sinai Code (the Torah) brought us death by setting the bar of holiness, one that we couldn’t reach. Actually, it was just a primer, which shows us just how sinful we really were! Paul describes what happened in Romans:
7 Therefore, what are we to say? That the Torah is sinful? Heaven forbid! Rather, the function of the Torah was that without it, I would not have known what sin is. Romans 7:7a
Have you ever seen a sign that said, “Do Not Touch,” and wanted to do just that? All because the sign told you not to? That is the sin nature at work within us. Paul continues:
13 Then did something good become for me the source of death? Heaven forbid! Rather, it was sin working death in me through something good, so that sin might be clearly exposed as sin, so that sin through the commandment might come to be experienced as sinful beyond measure [seen and known for how bad it really is].
Once we are saved and the Spirit of Christ comes to dwell in us, we learn to abide in Him, which means that we grow in knowledge and wisdom and learn to like what He likes and hate what He hates. We learn to trust Him and to lean on Him more and more each day. The love we share with Him and the fellowship we have with Him increase without limit! All we have to do is commit our way to Him each morning and walk with Him throughout the day, acknowledging His presence and authority in our lives and doing as He directs.
Simple? Yes. Easy? No. We still fight the sin nature, but fight it we must! We thank Him for His grace. Think about it: If we didn’t know how sinful were were, how would we appreciate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross? How would we know just how much God truly loves us?
Abba, thank you for showing me my sin so that I can hate it like You do. Why do You hate sin? Because it destroys me and it puts up a barrier between us. Please continue to teach me to turn away from sin, resisting its lure, overcoming desire, and finding peace and rest in Your presence, O Lord. Today is another day; let’s get started. Amen.