If we gave as much time to hearing and reading the Scriptures as we do watching television, we would have a much easier time following the edict of King Jesus. Take this advice for example. . . “My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart FOREVER; fasten them around your neck. When you walk they will guide you; when you sleep they will watch over you; when you awake they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the CORRECTIONS OF DISCIPLINE are the way to LIFE.” (Proverbs 6:20).

And in the next few sentences he makes an application of this advice in a specific situation which many of us encounter every day. . .”Do not lust in your heart after her beauty, or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.”

Do you REALLY want to be GOD?

Our God’s edict says, “BE holy for I am holy.” And this is put into context for our understanding by Peter in the New Testament – our covenant with God: “PREPARE YOUR MINDS for action; be SELF-CONTROLLED! Set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is HOLY, so BE holy in all you do.” (1 Peter 1: 1- 15).

Get a hold on that first line: “PREPARE YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION; BE SELF-CONTROLLED!” That says, “Get ready to face the spiritual warfare that is sure to come when you determine that you are going to let God be GOD. Satan will get his hooks into your flesh and his thoughts into your mind, and you will be fighting the battle of your life! But you are not alone. King Jesus has already done battle for you. He has already proven victorious! And He has given us of His Spirit to bring that GRACE into play as we face the enemy in the every-day doings of life in this world. Peter goes on to say, “Live your life as STRANGERS here in reverent fear of the Lord.” We MUST become strangers to our own sinful nature!

– Jay Fesperman

From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Volume 5, Number 2, March/April 1985.