Saturday, January 1, 2011

Make NO Provision for the flesh

In Chapter 12, Paul gives us direct and simple instructions on how we should be living and serving The Lord.  In Chapter 13, Paul tells us how we should respond to governing authority and then he concludes with 3 verses that couldn't be more clear. As you read them again, consider the fact that Paul was taught directly by the Risen Christ.  There are many sects that call themselves Chrsitians, yet throw out the writings of Paul, but The Truth is, Paul's letters are as much The Word of God as anything else in The Bible.
Rom 13:12-14 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Let's break it down one at a time, but first consider the final verse: MAKE NO PROVISION FOR THE FLESH.

Provision:  1. The act of providing or making previous preparation.

It is one thing to stumble in the flesh, but Paul gives us strict instruction not to "provide for" or make "previous preperation for" our sinful nature. I didn't know this verse when The Lord convicted me to quit drinking, I just knew I needed to quit because drinking led to places I shouldn't go (physically and mentally).  My drinking was clearly the preperation for my flesh to easily move into more sin and my willingness to weaken my defenses by drinking was clearly making provision for the flesh.

Now that I know the Word more, I see now that drunkeness is not in God's Will either.

Sexual Immorality is outside of God's Will, whether it is sex outside of marriage, homosexual relations, pornography, masturbation or mental fantasy.

SENSUAL'ITY, n. Devotedness o the gratification of the bodily appetites; free indulgence in carnal or sensual pleasures.

WOW, Here's one listed in these verses that didn't fully convict me until I read the definition: QUAR'RELING, ppr. Disputing with vehemence or loud angry words; scolding; wrangling; fighting; finding fault

JEALOUSY, n. jel'usy.
1. That passion of peculiar uneasiness which arises from the fear that a rival may rob us of the affection of one whom we love, or the suspicion that he has already done it; or it is the uneasiness which arises from the fear that another does or will enjoy some advantage which we desire for ourselves

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