|Lifeshapers | CCF Nxtgen Ministry with Pastor Zoilo|
Things also became their master.
Matthew 6: 24
1 Peter 1:13-15
When our perspectives, belief systems, values, and priorities are wrong, we become like Israel who craved evil things.
Some of what they craved was not evil in itself, but it became evil because they put it before the Lord.
Our view or perspective of life and what we believe will make us happy and secure.
It always determines our values.
Our values in turn always determine our goals.
Our goals always determine our pursuits.
Our pursuits are that for which we thirst.
We are either those who thirst after righteousness, or those who crave after evil things.
All of this determines our manner of life, our behavior.
The history of Israel should help us:
– get our perspectives right
– our priorities.
This in turn should result in one who “thirsts after righteousness”
and who is
under God’s control,
rather than on who
“lusts after evil things” and
comes under the control of the sinful nature.
1. For the concept of our perspectives compare
I Peter 1:13
Luke 12:15, 23.
2. For that of our values compare Matthew 6:21
1 Peter 1:18-19
3. For the concept of priorities
I Peter 1:17
The evil things does not necessarily include evil in themselves.
Israel craved the past pleasures of Egypt as summarized in their cry,
“Give us meat to eat”
The evil things refer to two categories:
1. That which is always evil and contrary to the will of God
Example: idolatry, immorality, etc.,
2. That which in itself is not evil, but becomes evil because of our disposition toward the thing desired.
Some things may be legitimate in and of themselves like eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols, but it may not be God’s will for us because of other principles that apply.
Will it cause a brother to stumble?
It becomes evil when you become obsessed with it.
God knows what is best for us, and if we continue to crave something He may give it to us, but the results are often bad – Psalm 106:15
Legitimate things become evil when they possess us and become the objects of our devotion, or our security, or our happiness rather than the Lord.
One of the first things that will take a person away from God and that can lead to disqualification so that spiritual privileges are abused is a desire for something other than what God has planned for us.
We can know we have moved away when we begin seeking our happiness in the details of life rather than in the Lord, or when we value things more than God or our walk with Him and the ministries He has for us.
It is neccesary for us to avoid
L situations and environments that increase our temptation.
We do this by
1. support from friends and the right environment.
Do not be deceived:
‘Bad company corrupts good morals or character’” – 1 Corinthians 15:33.
2. pray regarding temptation,
“lead us not into temptation”
3. Not tempting the Lord
How do we tempt God?
by not trusting in His power and aid, by being careless, unguarded,
by failing to take heed
1 Corinthians 10:12
Avoid unnecessary temptation and never to presume upon the Lord or tempt Him by playing with fire. When we do, we are going to get burned