This Really Is Not Sinning
Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”
Satan is the master at making sin come across as pleasing, beautiful, and brings freedom to fulfill the inner desires of our hearts which say that we are entitled to go after whatever we see and take from others what they have as well. He implies that God is strict, stingy, and selfish and wants to keep us from our freedom to pursue our hearts desires.
As the winds and rain of adversity continue to beat down hard on Bobby and me, we are on the mountain road of a seemingly endless war of anxiety and anger. We constantly are seeking, asking, and knocking at God’s Heavenly door for answers to our circumstances that are running down a slippery muddy mountain road heading straight for the cliff. We keep asking where are the brakes and how do we stop this moving disaster?
Habakkuk 3:19 – The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
Going on the heights requires more wisdom, discernment, discretion, energy and strength than walking on the ground of pursuing possessions, pleasure and power. Solomon is the great example of walking on the heights as well as walking on the ground of compromises.
1 Kings 3:9 – So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?
Solomon asked God for wisdom, a discerning heart, in order to lead well and to make right decisions. God granted the wisdom Solomon asked for, but it was up to Solomon to apply that wisdom to all areas of his life. Solomon was wise in governing the nation, but he was foolish in running his household.
Wisdom is both the ability to discern what is best and the strength of character to act upon that knowledge. While Solomon remained wise all his life, he did not always act upon his wisdom
1 Kings 11:1-3 – King Solomon loved many foreign women. ….. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. ….. His wives led him astray.
Solomon governed the nation with great wisdom, but he allowed the negative and evil influence of his ungodly wives to pressure him to compromise his integrity and his godly character to please and identify with those who did not share his commitment to God.
At first, Solomon resisted the pressure to compromise his godly principles, and standards. Next, he tolerated a more widespread practice of the lies, deception, malice, slander, hatred, discord, and jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, envy, dishonor, disrespect, disloyalty and gossip. Finally, Solomon became involved in the sinful behavior of his ungodly wives by rationalizing away the potential danger to him and others.
God is all knowing and has the wisdom, power and strength to see what we cannot see. His Word, the Bible, is our compass, map, to have the life He intended for us to have.
Just like Solomon, we have loved ones who know how to walk with God on high places and also walk against God on the ground of compromises.
Our loved ones did not turn away from God all at once or in a brief moment. Their spiritual coldness started with a minor departure of God’s principles and standards.
Bobby and I have great burdens for our loved ones because we have seen God’s awesome and mighty hand on and at work in their lives in the past. However, as they continue to allow sin to remain all around them, we know God will not continue to permit them to call themselves His children without bringing correction on them.
Solomon lost everything. 1 Kings 11:9-11 – The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.
As I meditate on the Scriptures concerning Solomon, my heart is heavy with deep sorrow, pain and grief for what my loved ones are doing. What are going to be the consequences for our loved ones who are walking down the path of compromise that Solomon walked down?
Galatians 6:7-8 – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Every action has results. If you plant to please your own selfish desires, you will reap a crop of sorrow and evil, Galatians 5:19-21. However, if you plant to please God, you will reap joy and everlasting life, Galatians 5:22-26.
Our loved ones started out just like Solomon on God’s path of strong godly character, integrity and convictions by applying God’s Word to their lives. However, just like Solomon they have allowed others to lead them astray.