Sunday, November 11, 2018

Be Careful What You Long For Because You Sure Will Get It.

“Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” -Genesis 13:17

In essence God said, Wherever you walk, that will I give you. So, logically Abraham would have walked in the places he desired the Lord to give him. Right?....right.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” -Galatians 6:7-8

Sowing implies labor and you generally only labor for something you desire. People who want something carnal invest something into carnality and they may reap something carnal. People who want something spiritual sow something into their spirituality that they may reap something spiritual.
We learn then, that whatever a man truly wants (which is made manifest by his works and what he sows) is what he gets.
“I the Lord search the heart, I try the reigns, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” - Jeremiah 17:10

God said, I search the heart…why? To see its true desires...why? So He can give it what it truly wants. Why does He give to every man according to his ways (how he walks/lives) and doings? Because what a man does shows what he truly wants. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Not just with the literal mouth, but more so with actions. Actions speak louder than words. You can make your mouth say anything; your actions are what really speak. How you live and carry yourself speaks more to people than what you say.

“This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” -Galatians 5:16-17

This implies that if you walk in the flesh you shall fulfill the lusts (desires) of the flesh. Why will you fulfill the lusts of the flesh if you walk in the flesh? Because if that is how you are walking (carrying yourself), that reflects what you truly desire and God gives to a man according to the true desires of his heart. This verse also implies that if you walk in the Spirit you will fulfill the lusts of the Spirit. (Yes, the Spirit has lusts, see Galatians 5:17, they are just a holy and righteous lusts. All lust means is a desire and yearning for. The Spirit desires and yearns for righteous things.) Why will you fulfill the lust of the Spirit if you are walking in the Spirit? Because that is the way you're walking. You can only go where you walk. So, how you walk (carry yourself) reflects what you want, where you want to go, and where you will go. So, whether you walk in the flesh or in the Spirit, that is what you will get because that is what you truly want and God will give a man what he truly wants, whether it is good or bad.

“He reigned flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fouls like as the sand of the sea:
 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.” -Psalm 78:27-31

 “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways.” -Psalm 81:10-13

 Also, Romans 1:18-23 speaks of men who were suppressing the truth for their own selfish desires and it says in verse 24,
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:” -Romans 1:24
Why did God give them over to the lusts of their own hearts? Because the lusts of their own hearts is what they wanted.
“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;” -Romans 1:28
Why did God give them over to do those things which are not convenient? Because they wanted to do those things which are not convenient.

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” -2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

Notice how it says they received not a love of the truth…it does not say that the love of the truth wasn't offered, but that they just did not receive it. Why didn't they receive it? Because they didn't want it. They didn't want the love of the truth. There are only two things in this world. The truth….and lies. If you hate one, you will love the other. If you love one, you will hate the other. So if they didn't want the truth, the wanted lies. And because they wanted lies, God gave them what they wanted...a strong delusion. Those who don't want truth want strong delusion, and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion. Again, why? Because they had pleasure in unrighteousness. So, because they had pleasure in and delighted themselves in nrighteousness (lies), that is what God gave them. Not that God lies, but he uses the lies that the flesh creates and sends them to people who desire them. You reap what you sow…period.
“The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.” -2 Timothy 2:6
(Whoever sows is a laborer)

This is a truly terrifying message and cuts deep, but it is 100% truth. We have no idea of our hearts desire so we must watch and pray. We must ask God sincerely for righteous desires, that we may be right with Him and be molded to be like the one true Lord of all; that we may be with Him for eternity in a place without sin, pain, trouble, or sorrow. It will be a hard walk, but with the right heart and with the help and strength of Jesus Christ, the almighty God, we can do it. If you have repented, been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, don't stop there.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgement.” -Hebrews 6:1-2

Continue to strive for more. If you stop then you will not make it to heaven.
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” -Matthew 24:13
If you have not obeyed Acts 2:38 then you must do so, and continue always to strive for perfection and excellence in Christ Jesus.

May the Lord help us all that strive for more in Christ to endure until the end, and enlighten the eyes of those who have not obeyed Acts 2:38. In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Submitted by: Micheal Pontrelli

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