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Evil Thoughts in a Child of God

Question text:   I have a problem with thinking lustfully. I don`t understand, because I hate when I do it, but I like it at the same time. I want to stop because I know it`s against God`s will, but I still end up doing it and wanting to continue. I grew up as a Christian and I`m 15 now. Many times, as a born again believer, I`ve deliberately thought lustfully even though I knew it was a sin. Does this mean I`m not really saved? I`m so confused, because the Bible says we are made right with God as soon as we believe in Jesus, but then it goes on to say that those who continue to sin won`t be saved, or aren`t really saved in the first place. Christians are so quick to condemn those who have sex before marriage or commit physical adultery, but what about those who commit adultery in the heart by lust? I`m confused, because I truly believe Jesus is Lord, but sometimes I still willingly follow sinful desires. Am I saved? Please help.

Answer Text:  My dear son/daughter, I am so proud to meet you here with your question. At the age of 15 you are demonstrating such insights into life that very few ever have. Your insight that we are made right with God as soon as we put out trust in Christ is thoroughly Biblical (Jn.1:12; Rom.5:1). You are also right in saying that those who continue in sin are not saved (1Jn.3:1-10). Jesus our Lord condemns lust as adultery and there is no question about it either (Mt.5:28). Now, your problem is very real. THE FACT THAT YOU ARE DISTURBED BY YOUR BEHAVIOR IS THE INDICATION THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD! If you were NOT born again, you would have continued in your secret enjoyment of lust till it comes out as physical fornication or adultery.

What actually happens when some one becomes a child of God is that our spirits which were dead in trespasses and sins were made alive (Eph.2:1) and the Spirit of God comes to live in and with our quickened spirits (Rom.8:16; 2Tim.4:22). While we were unsaved, it was the soul which was guiding us. The word ‘natural man’ in 1Cor.2:14 is literally ‘soulish man’. In a child of God the ‘soul’ becomes ‘the old man’ or ‘flesh’ or ‘self’. The position of the soul in a child of God is that it is being crucified with Christ (Gal.2:20). As long as we are in our physical bodies, we are in the sinful flesh (Rom.8:3). We need to keep it always crucified with the Lord. And we need to strengthen the newly born ‘new man’ or the spirit in us to take control of our lives (Rom.8:14). And as long as we are in this body of ours, sin is at the door. Listen to what God says in Gen 4:7 “If you do well, shall you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at the door; and its desire is for you, and you shall rule over it”. This is true of every believer as well. Listen to what John the apostle has to say in 1Jn 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”. So this is a reality in all our lives.  A child of God who does not strengthen his ‘new man’ by daily feeding on the Word of God and by prayer will continue as a carnal Christian, living like ordinary men (1Cor.3:3).  And God hates it (Rev.3:16).

People of the world indulge in sin to perish forever. People of God have to overcome them by the power of the Spirit of God within us. We are told to strive against sin till the point of blood shed (Heb.12:4). That means even if we have to shed our blood, we decide not to sin against God. If a saved person continues in sin, he/she is crucifying the Savior again (Heb.6:6). I hope you understand the situation that a child of God is in and I know that you will NEVER want to enjoy the lustful thoughts of your life. As long as they disturb you, you are in the will of God for this time of your life. So what to do about it?

In 1Pe 2:11 we are commanded to “abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul”. So to have lustful thoughts is NOT sin. That happens as long as you live in your physical body. After all, the body is made of the dust of the earth and weeds are bound to come. But to enjoy it in secret IS sin. So it is our duty to bring every thought unto the obedience of Christ (2Cor.10:5). Arrest every thought and bring them to obey Christ. So from now on, think about what you are thinking. If any unwanted thoughts come, PLUCK them away immediately. Tragically our minds are so active that it can not remain vacant even for a second. So the moment you pluck away the weeds, PLANT the seeds of the Word. For that you need to be EQUIPPED with the seed of the Word. So take time out to memorize the Word of God and meditate on it night and day as the psalmist of old and you will find that you have displaced the lustful thoughts with the fruitful seed which will bring forth the abundant fruit of the Spirit which is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Gal.5:22,23).

Remember, too, that at 15, your body is warring against you. Your mind is affected by the hormones raging through your bloodstream and causing all kinds of havoc. Take comfort in the fact that things will settle down in time as you mature. In the meantime, fill your mind with Scripture. David said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). David was a man who understood the power of lustful thoughts, and he came to the conclusion that the Word of God alone has the power to redirect our thoughts toward godliness, which is certainly the desire of your heart.

Most of all, pray continually for the strength and ability that comes only through the Spirit of God that dwells in your heart. God loves to hear us say, “Lord, I can’t do this. Help me!” He will never leave such a prayer unanswered. He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).

Please feel free to mail to us for any further clarifications or for any other spiritual problem in your life. Kindly accept my holy kiss along with this answer. I BEG GOD TO BLESS YOU, MY DEAR CHILD, WITH SINCERE PRAYERS THAT GOD WOULD GIVE YOU VICTORY FOR HIS GLORY.. AMEN.

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Posted by on November 20, 2008 in Christian life, Uncategorized

 

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Dealing With Domestic Servants-Christian Attitude

Question text:  I am a born-again in Christ. I live in India and I have a 10 month old daughter as well. We have a system of many maid-servants working in our homes for domestic chores here. i have employed 3-4 of such maids in my house to help combat the terrible amount of dust, cooking and other home-making chores. Well, my question now is that I treat them really very nice and special, thinking that since life`s not kind to them on account of their poverty and hardships, then maybe i should make up in some way by providing financial and material help as well by way of lending advance money, clothes, etc. I behave very friendly and cordial towards them. In fact i give instructions and orders as well with a hesitant and requesting tone on my voice.  But I`ve realized the hard and painful way that they end up taking mean & undue advantage of me by not doing my housework dedicatedly enough and turning lazy and slack. Even the maids who are in Christ!!!! It comes to a point where my temper soars and I have to yell and try enforcing discipline….. too late with the result that they turn hostile due to seeing this unexpectedly hot-tempered side of me. ultimately it is just chaos, indiscipline and household out of gear.  i am totally confused about what kind of tone of voice should i order them and discipline them in, etc and how much `being nice` is really convenient and bearable for all? i am in awe of my friends who really boss around in a big way and their servants really freeze in total submission. I wish to do the balancing act. Help!

Answer Text:  Thank you for sending us your question.  You are not the only one who has this problem in life.  It is very important to have a golden mean as you deal with people who help you out, especially with your domestic work.  You are being tender and kind to them because of the Lord.  Tragically some people take advantage of the situation. 

 

Practically I will tell you what my wife does with people who come to help us with our domestic work.  She has a Bible reading and prayer session with them daily. All of them sit together on a mat and have a small song, a portion of scripture with two or three sentences of explanation as to what the Lord expects them from that passage. Closes with prayer.  Scripture reading time each one is given a verse or two to read.  After this is over my wife would tell before all what each is expected to do with a FIRM but a gentle voice so that every one would know what is expected from each one.  This is followed by a gentle warning. She would say some thing like this: “I wish to see that every thing is done in proper shape and if any thing goes wrong any where, I will be upset. Please do not let me be angry.  If any one gets a shout from me, it is SIMPLY because the work is not done properly.  I DO NOT want to do it”.  I find my wife gets all her work done neatly with out ever shouting at the servants at all.  You need to be FIRM but gentle with the house hold servants.

 

One other thing I must tell you is, as a born again child of God you must NEVER keep grudge or anger in your heart.  If you know that your words indeed did hurt them, please do not hesitate to apologize to them.  Once or twice I had to apologize to my own children when they were teens.  When I apologize to them, it is harder for them to take it than taking my shouts!!  So my children would behave themselves fearing that.  This I learned from my great grandfather who was a first generation Bible believer from the Traditional Thomas Church of India.  I knew him when he was in his late eighties as a well built and a strong man.  Then I was a kid. I remember him once going right in to the kitchen to apologize to his daughter-in-law for shouting at her a while ago.  If you knew the role of a great grandfather in an Indian joined family, some thing like that would be beyond any man’s imagination. But he did that. And we enjoyed the peace of God at home because every one wanted to honor God in their lives.  These are just two tips.  May be you could try them out for yourself.

 

I am sure you are familiar with the Scripture verses addressed to masters and servants.

Here are some of them. .(Eph 6:9)  “Masters, behave in the same way toward your slaves and stop using threats. Remember that you and your slaves belong to the same Master in heaven, who judges everyone by the same standard”. (Col 3:22)  “Slaves, obey your human masters in all things, not only when they are watching you because you want to gain their approval; but do it with a sincere heart because of your reverence for the Lord”.  Read also Eph.6:4-9;  Col.4:1, 1Ti 6:1, 2., Tit. 2:9.   The next verse comes form Solomon’s great wisdom.(Pro 29:21)  “If you give your servants everything they want from childhood on, some day they will take over everything you own”.  Literally that verse means if a servant is pampered from childhood, grief will be caused later. My vernacular puts it that way and I checked the Hebrew to confirm the meaning. Ok. Then.  May the Lord give you the right insight to handle your situation for His glory. When you do it prayerfully every thing will fall in its right place.   May all praise be His.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2008 in Christian life, Uncategorized

 

Our Role To Alleviate Poverty And Sickness On Earth

Question text.  “if all things are in God`s plan, why should we send food and aid to countries facing disasters -or try to intercede with the abuse of a child – was it his will that these things happen – should we just stand by and let them occur? After all, isn`t it in pointless if we try to interfere with God`s plan?”

 

Answer text.   Your question is based on a total misunderstanding of the Bible teaching about the Sovereignty of God. It is the Quran which teaches that every thing under the Sun is ordained by Allah and no one can do any thing about it. The Bible on the other hand very clearly makes things plain saying that every thing that is happening in the world now is NOT according to the plan of God. Well, you may be surprised by my answer. Let me explain it to you.

That God is Sovereign is clearly taught in the Bible WITHOUT question. The whole universe was created by the Word of God (Heb.11:3). That God is the sustainer of it by His Word (Heb1:3). That it is He who sends His Sun and rain upon the righteous and upon the unrighteous (Mt.5:45). That with out Him not a sparrow will fall to the ground (Mt.10:29). That God has a plan for this earth and that He is taking it to its culmination. The Bible also CLEARLY says that nothing is too hard for the Lord (Gen.18:14; Jer.32:17,27; Lk.1:27). So we need to be aware of the fact that we are worshiping the Almighty God who is the SOVEREIGN LORD of the universe.

Having said that, I must also tell you what that Sovereignty does not mean. First of all it does not mean that God can go against His own nature. The Bible clearly says that He can not deny Himself (2Tim.2:13). He can not tell lies (Tit.1:2; Heb. 6:18). These are thus some of the limitations of the Almighty God. Can He literally do any thing and every thing? He can not. There are limitations on Him. But He CAN do what ever He WANTS to do. Man can not. In that God is Almighty. Now we have very clearly seen that He cannot lie or take back His word. See also Ps. 138:2 where it says that He has exalted His Word above His name. So once He said some thing, He will not go back or change His word. With this background let us look at Gen 1:28 where Adam was given the dominion of this earth. Read again in Psa 115:16 “Heaven belongs to the LORD alone, but he gave the earth to us humans”. We know from Ps.24:1 that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness of it. But He as the Sovereign Lord of the universe, has given the earth to us humans.

We are here now as God’s caretakers of this planet earth. But tragically Satan has cheated man and has taken this dominion into his hands. Listen to what Satan says to our Lord. “And the devil said unto him, To thee will I give all this authority, and the glory of them: for it hath been delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it” (Lk.4:6). Now this world lies in the hands of the wicked one (1 Jn.5:19). All that we see here by way of sickness, poverty, crime, burglary,rape and war are all the doings of the evil one using men who are under his control. Now God is in the process of redeeming this world to restore it to its original shape. Since only man has been given authority to function here, God HAD TO become man in Jesus of Nazareth and by His death and resurrection He has disarmed the devil (Col.2:15). But the devil has not accepted defeat yet. He is continuing his warfare against God by accusing God and His people.

We who trusted in Christ are the redeemed ones and the glorious fact is that we are given an opportunity to participate in the redemptive process of God. That is why we are asked to remember the poor (Gal.2:9) and to bear one another’s burdens (Gal.6:2). A day is coming when this process of redemption will be completed. And those of us who participated with God silently in the process of redemption by trying to alleviate the troubles of many around us will be honored before all in that final day. Remember Jesus our Lord taught us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Obvious implication is that His will is NOT done here on earth today. May the Lord help us to enter into the fold of the redeemed ones and then participate in the great process of the redemption of this world. Remember our Lord had to give away His life in this process and we too shall do well if we too are willing to sacrifice our lives for His cause on this earth. To His Name be all glory. Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2008 in Christian life, Uncategorized

 

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