Has it ever occurred to you that the man in today’s chapter had no reason not to go meet the harlot? Sinners sin!
7 I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense.
Christians tend to forget what it was like before coming to Christ. Sin was FUN! We had no guilt concerning doing things that God considers wrong and harmful. It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit began to open our eyes to God’s way of seeing things that we began to see how destructive sin is to us and how arrogant we were to our Creator. Proverbs 15:21 says, “Folly [carnal thinking] delights a man who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.” We all thought in this way at one point:
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. Titus 3:3
We were “without hope and without God in the world.” Ephesians 2:12b. Aren’t we glad the LORD saved us?!!! Now that we have the Holy Spirit living inside us and we are dead to our old selves, our desire should now be to please God and give Him everything.
Our desire to do anything and be anything for Him
is the Holy Spirit burning bright within us.
Do you have this desire burning in you? Pray that it is–or pray that it does. I will be praying for you:
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
The more we know Him, the more we love Him; the more we love Him, the more we trust Him; the more we trust Him, the more we obey Him; the more we obey Him, the more our confidence grows in Him, which is our faith. The more faith we have, the more we want to know Him–and the cycle continues in an upward spiral! This faith is based on the grace of God, which “teaches us to say, ‘No,’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…” (Titus 2:12).
Let’s engage the LORD in conversation, interaction, and praise as we go about this holiday. I KNOW you have time today to sit down and do it! It’s important.
Abba, I pray for my readers that they would, indeed, spend time with You in Bible study and prayer today. Call them to do the work so that they can enjoy the benefits. Reveal Yourself to them. Speak to their hearts. May they feel Your desire for righteous living and holy lives. May we feel Your pleasure when we are obedient to Your Spirit. Give us that certain satisfaction that comes when we are pleasing to You. May it be our first goal all day, everyday. Amen.