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Living With Eternity In Mind

Chapter 5

Imperfect = having fault or defect; prone to error; having shortcomings; not finished or complete; lacking in something.

Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.  [KJV]
Matthew 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. [KJV]

HOW can we be perfect?

(1) In character. In this life we cannot be sinless, but we can try  to be as much like Christ as possible.

(2) In holiness. We are to separate ourselves from the world’s sinful values. We are to be devoted to God’s desires rather than our own, and carry His love and mercy into the world.

(3) In maturity. We can’t be like Christ and live holy in one day, one month, nor even one year. We (as spiritual babies) must mature slowly but steadily, as does a physical baby. Just as we expect different behavior from a baby, child, teenager, and an adult; so God expects different behavior from us, depending on our stage of spiritual development.

(4) In love. We must seek to love others as completely as God loves us.

Our tendency to sin must never deter us from striving to be more like Christ. Christ calls all of His disciples to excel, and to mature in every area, becoming like Him. If we strive to become perfect will one day be perfect, even as Christ is perfect (1 John 3:2-3). Perfect = complete; mature.
The Bible tells us we all are sinners.

Ecclesiastes 7:20  For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. [KJV]
Romans 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: [KJV]
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [KJV]

We are not yet perfect.

Philippians 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. [KJV]
James 3:2  For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. [KJV] . . . Our tongues can get us into ‘a mess of trouble’! All too often we speak before we think. This can be disastrous! Once the words are spoken, they can NEVER be retrieved! The hurt they cause usually remains, no matter how hard you try to make amends or say you are sorry. We ALL need to put our brain into gear before the tongue even thinks of starting.

Run, fast and hard from sin. 

2 Tim. 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. [KJV] . . . Lust = an overpowering desire to gratify our senses. Most often thought of as sexual desires; but it can be anything for which we have an unnatural craving or desire for: riches, possessions, power, fame, food, drink, drugs, etc.

Sins from which we should run. 

Mark 7:20-23 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. [KJV] . . . These words are from Jesus! Some of His lessons are very hard!
It is NOT easy to control our thoughts! But, it is NOT impossible! We cannot do it on our own, but with His help, we can! Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. [KJV]
Sexual immorality = fornication, adultery, incest, sodomy, etc.

Theft = taking that (whatever) which is not yours. It also consists of people taking too long of coffee breaks, lunch hours, coming in to work late, leaving early, loafing on the job.

Murder = taking another’s life, including abortion (any term Ps.139:14-16; Ecc.11:5).  John tells us hate is murder. 1 John 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.   [KJV]

Greed = coveteousness. Always wanting more, more; always wanting what the other person has. Wickedness = acts that are intended to hurt others.

Deceit = misrepresenting truth; lying; dishonesty; trickery; misleading others.

Lasciviousness = eagerness for lustful (sexual) pleasure; tending to excite lustful desires, by the way of dress or actions.

Envy = resentful feelings, hatred, or ill will because of another’s advantages or possessions.

Blasphemy [KJV] slander against God in speech or writing, also against God’s children.

Pride = an over high opinion of oneself; exaggerated self esteem; conceit; haughtiness; arrogance.

Foolishness = all we do or say, without any respect for God or man. ALL of the above come from within you (your heart). This is why Jesus says:Ye must be born again.” (Jn.3:3).
Gal. 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [KJV]

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results. These are things we should NOT do. God very clearly states here and other places, that anyone who participate in such activities on a regular basis (practice these things) will not join Him in Heaven. We all, on occasion, will stumble and do things that are not pleasing to God (SIN). But when a child of God sins, it eats away at his conscience until he confesses the sin and asks forgiveness; whereas when an unbeliever (Satan’s child) sins, it doesn’t bother him at all. If you are a child of God, you cannot practice sin and have a clear conscience. 1 John 3:9-10  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.   [10] In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:   whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. [KJV]  . . . We cannot ‘keep on in sin’ (practice sin) if we are “born of God” because God’s Holy Spirit is in us.  Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  [KJV] . . . We are either ‘of God’ or ‘of the devil’. We cannot have two masters.  (Mat. 6:24) 
Romans 1:22-32 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
[KJV] . . . Three times here it states that God gave them up (24, 26, & 28). Man’s degeneration is measured by his perversion of sex. Many churches today are going along with and whole heartedly supporting the abominations of homosexuality. Yes . . . to God this is perversion, and to God an abomination (Gen.19:5-11, 24-25; Lev.18:22; 20:13; 1 K.14:24; 1 Cor.6:9-10; 2 Pet.2:6; 1 Tim.1:9-10). We must live our lives dear ones, as though this were our last day on this Earth; for it well could be! We must live our lives thinking about our eternal future and where we will be spending that time. Passions of moral depravity, disgrace and dishonor loom on the horizon; just tempting people to go that way. The devil tempts any and all; from the ones highest in government office to the common folk working hard to make a living. None are immune! Temptation though is not a sin . . . but . . . giving in to temptation is! Consider eternity!

A preview of coming attractions.

2 Timothy 3:1-5  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. [KJV]

When I read God’s Word and see the Truth it reveals, it astounds me! This is happening in the world today, all around us. And it will continue, and in fact will worsen, for fewer and fewer are turning to God, but instead, away from Him! Those who love and obey God will not do or be these things.
We are indeed imperfect! We do indeed sin! We displease God each and every day. But if you are ‘born again’ into the family of God, you have direct access to Almighty God, through His Son, to confess your sins and be cleansed (1 Jn.1:9).
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. [KJV] . . .      Direct access to God by our faith in Jesus, His Son. What a privilege this is! And a privilege too, having His Holy Spirit abiding with us,  forever (Jn.14:16). There to help us live the life God wants us to live; helping us to run away from all the wickedness around us. What a power we have to help us be perfect!

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