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Blog: Keeping it real

Daily challenges from the Word of God by Raymond McGough

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM

 

Ephesians5:3 Our flesh. Your flesh and my flesh is always the enemy. What is it? That which comes from our human intellect the things we desire and want. There is always a battle between what my spirit would want of me and my old nature. I know what I like. But it is not always the things that please God. Paul the apostle is quite aware of this problem and it continues to be a problem of Christ’s church. Fornication, uncleanness, and covetousness are not to be named amongst the saints. Against that the flesh is always the enemy of God. What you and I think? Not what Christ our Lord thinks. I cannot stress this enough. While you and I sleep the flesh will try to take over what we think of and dream. The same applies to what we watch, hear, and listen.

I think it would be a good idea to see what Jesus Christ our Lord had to say on the subject. (Mtt.15:19.) “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies.”

We will stay with the one called fornications. I believe we have all heard of pornography or pornographic meaning to have sexual intercourse outside of marriage or have numerous partners. The word comes from the Greek porneia.

Remember the apostle is writing to believers and what we must not do. Not the world. The word porneia includes prostitution, whoredom, incest, licentiousness, adultery, and habitual immorality.

The word also signifies physical and spiritual immorality meaning it has become an idol. (Rev.2:21.) “And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.” When we allow the thoughts of our flesh to captivate our hearts, before we know it. You and I are putting them into practice. The challenge is to walk in the love of Christ our Lord allowing the Holy Spirit to enable us to live lives pleasing to Him

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