Wisdom from Above
Dr. Charles Stanley
June 5, 2018
The lips of an adulteress drip honey
and smoother than oil is her speech
Some people say that they don't accept Christ as their Savior because
they don't want to live by a bunch of rules. They want to be free to
do what they wish, whenever they like, with whomever they please, and
they don't like the idea that there is a God in heaven who would prevent
them from experiencing the pleasure they desire.
As a believer, one may hear this and wonder, Is there something I'm
missing? It seems that the whole world is enjoying things that God forbids
in His Word. Friend, be careful! The enemy may be trying to get you
to believe that the Lord is an unappeasable taskmaster who is keeping
you from experiencing pleasure. Satan will do whatever he can to convince
you to stray from the sanctified life God has called you to by telling
you that you aren't going to hurt anyone. The desires of your body
are natural-just meaningless fun-and the Lord is being unreasonable.
However, the truth is that the Father gives you His commands to
help you avoid ruining your life with something that will never really satisfy
the deep needs you're trying to fill. Because whether you know it or
not, those sins influence who you become in a negative way, hindering
you from being the courageous, powerful witness God created you to be.
Don't do that to yourself! Open your heart to the Lord and be willing to
put aside what the world has taught you (Amos 5:4). Tell God that you
believe His commands are for your good, and ask Him to teach you to
live a godly life that honors Him. There's freedom for you if you'll trust
Him, so in prayer commit yourself to Him.
Lord, sin is certainly tempting. But I know Your commands
protect me from destruction and are always from my
good. Teach me to walk worthy of Your name.