The Bible states that the pleasures of sin are real and that many will be carnally satisfied and will affectionately hold on to what this world has to offer. They will even give up their eternal security to experience sin even if it is only for the moment. Defending what is temporal holds no true merit when what is eternal has been offered you as a gift. If nothing else, this one fact tells you of the power that this world has over the lives of individuals and its ability to close or corrupt the minds of mankind. Given the facts, who would so callously refuse to accept the right or chance to live? The only true option this world offers is you are born, you live and then you die. It doesn’t end there. It is not that you simply die and then it is all over, that would be almost understandable but still foolish. Your physical body dies and your soul, which is eternal, lives forever in a place of you’re choosing. The total insanity of it all, but the hearts of many are hardened and no matter how irrational it becomes they will never be softened to the importance or significance of God’s Word. Eyes that are blinded with the filth and greed of notoriety and hearts that are full of evil passion and wanton lust have no compass that will lead them out of their sin and despair. They have lost control of their lives and do not care for the things of a righteous Savior. Wanton lust seeks to pull them even deeper into sin and they will not be silenced until they arrive at that place of complete destruction.
This world seeks to entangle its inhabitance in the evil it perpetuates; and, as we amuse ourselves with its folly, as compensation, it rewards us with more of the same. How can moments of pleasure out last a life of true fulfillment? Pleasure, in its beginning, can only be seen as a momentary means of fulfillment; it hides its depravity in the satisfaction or compromise of the moment. When the excitement has subsided, we drift back into that state of emptiness and boredom. How much indulgence or pleasure does it take to forget your imperfection, or where does one go when the pleasures of life have finally accomplished their evil purpose? If something is truly satisfying, why is it that the pleasure derived is only momentary? How is it that those things that we view as pleasurable also give us the feeling of remorse, pain and guilt? Living in the moment can sometimes take away the emptiness and repetitiveness we despise, but having to deal with our indiscretions can cause us to lament our lack of discretion. The frantic pattern of living from moment to moment, escaping reality to put our life in jeopardy of eternal reprimand, how do we justify such actions or how do we consider that we have made a fair and equitable trade? The surrender of personal responsibility and integrity can in no way take us unto a better place, and not having that hope that only God can provide will leave us bewildered and forlorn.
Abundant living must be our only true desire or ambition. We should work to gain His salvation knowing that without Him we will be condemned. The Bible teaches, without the working of the Holy Spirit in your life, you cannot be saved. The Holy Spirit is that part of God that is placed within man that becomes their reassurance and guide. God speaks to man through the power and revelation of His Holy Spirit. It is His Holy Spirit that reveals the Holy Scriptures to man. Truly the holy Word of God is a foreign language to those that choose to go there own way, they are the product of sin. God has sent us His Holy Spirit to interpret His infallible Word, to reveal unto us the marvelous plan of His unending love. Without God’s Spirit we will remain lifeless and unsaved. Once we are saved the Holy Spirit of God takes residence in our bodies and souls and it is this Holy Spirit that leads and guides us into the precepts of God. How can you relate to someone without understanding, or how can you understand without being taught?
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:15-16)”. The Holy Spirit gives us understanding into the things of God. Without His holy revelation we would all be left dumbfounded and ignorant. To accept the salvation of a holy God we must have first met Him in the personage of His Holy Spirit. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:26-28)”.
God wants everyone to be saved, and He has provided a way to make that possible, but He will not, through the working of His Spirit or any other way, force you to accept Him. If you refuse the working of God’s Spirit in your life, then you have chosen the way of the world. The way of the world is total separation from Him. The only way that God can reveal Himself to man is through His Spirit, and to refuse His Spirit is to deny yourself the possibility of eternal life. GLH