The People Factor 30 Day Devotional Day #31
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They abuse the powers which God has given them to be preserved in sanctification and honor. The higher, nobler powers are brought into subjection to the animal propensities. Those who thus sin are not acquainted with the result of their course. The Delicate Balance Between Love and Lustful Passion—It is not pure love which actuates a man to make his wife an instrument to minister to his lust.
It is the animal passions which clamor for indulgence. How few men show their love in the manner specified by the apostle: This is the quality of love in the marriage relation which God recognizes as holy.
Love is a pure and holy principle, but lustful passion will not admit of restraint and will not be dictated to or controlled by reason. It is blind to consequences; it will not reason from cause to effect. The brain nerve power is squandered by men and women, being called into unnatural action to gratify base passions; and this hideous monster—base, low passion—assumes the delicate name of love.
It is pure and holy. But the passion of the natural heart is another thing altogether. While pure love will take God into all its plans and will be in perfect harmony with the Spirit of God, passion will be headstrong, rash, unreasonable, defiant of all restraint, and will make the object of its choice an idol. In all the deportment of one who possesses true love, the grace of God will be shown.
Keep Confidences Within the Sacred Family Circle—Around every family there is a sacred circle that should be kept unbroken. Within this circle no other person has a right to come.
Let not the husband or the wife permit another to share the confidences that belong solely to themselves. Sensuality and base practices in a marriage relation are educating the mind and moral taste for demoralizing practices outside the marriage relation.
Sexual Excesses Endangering Health and Life—It is not pure, holy love which leads the wife to gratify the animal propensities of her husband at the expense of health and life She should, in a tender, kind manner, remind him that God has the first and highest claim upon her entire being and that she cannot disregard this claim, for she will be held accountable in the great day of God.
Sexual excess will effectually destroy a love for devotional exercises, will take from the brain the substance needed to nourish the system, and will most effectively exhaust the vitality.
Perversion of a Sacred Institution—Because they have entered into the marriage relation, many think that they may permit themselves to be controlled by animal passions. They are led on by Satan, who deceives them and leads them to pervert this sacred institution. He is well pleased with the low level which their minds take; for he has much to gain in this direction. He knows that if he can excite the baser passions and keep them in the ascendancy, he has nothing to be troubled about in their Christian experience; for the moral and intellectual faculties will be subordinate, while the animal propensities will predominate and keep in the ascendancy; and these baser passions will be strengthened by exercise, while the nobler qualities will become weaker and weaker.
The Abuse in Marriage of Sexual Privileges—The animal passions, cherished and indulged, become very strong in this age, and untold evils in the marriage life are the sure results. In the place of the mind being developed and having the controlling power, the animal propensities rule over the higher and nobler powers until they are brought into subjection to the animal propensities.
What is the result? To indulge impulse that degrades both body and soul is the order of the marriage life. Prenatal Influences—Satan seeks to debase the minds of those who unite in marriage that he may stamp his own hateful image upon their children He can mold their posterity much more readily than he could the parents, for he can so control the minds of the parents that through them he may give his own stamp of character to their children. Thus many children are born with the animal passions largely in the ascendancy, while the moral faculties are but feebly developed.
These children need the most careful culture to bring out, strengthen, and develop the moral and intellectual powers, that these may take the lead. The Degrading Process—The mind of a man or woman does not come down in a moment from purity and holiness to depravity, corruption, and crime. It takes time to transform the human to the divine or to degrade those formed in the image of God to the brutal or the satanic.
By beholding we become changed. Though formed in the image of his Maker, man can so educate his mind that sin which he once loathed will become pleasant to him. As he ceases to watch and pray, he ceases to guard the citadel, the heart, and engages in sin and crime.
The mind is debased, and it is impossible to elevate it from corruption while it is being educated to enslave the moral and intellectual powers and bring them in subjection to grosser passions. Constant war against the carnal mind must be maintained; and we must be aided by the refining influence of the grace of God, which will attract the mind upward and habituate it to meditate upon pure and holy things.
They act like coquettes. They encourage the attentions of single and married men, and those who are weak in moral power will be ensnared. These things, if allowed, deaden the moral senses and blind the mind so that crime does not appear sinful.
Thoughts are awakened that would not have been if woman had kept her place in all modesty and sobriety. She may have had no unlawful purpose or motive herself, but she has given encouragement to men who are tempted and who need all the help they can get from those associated with them.
By being circumspect, reserved, taking no liberties, receiving no unwarrantable attentions, but preserving a high moral tone and a becoming dignity, much evil might be avoided. The Adventist Home, Women as Tempters—Shall not the women professing the truth keep strict guard over themselves lest the least encouragement be given to unwarrantable familiarity? They may close many a door of temptation if they will observe at all time strict reserve and propriety of deportment.
Women are too often tempters. On one pretense or another they engage the attention of men, married or unmarried, and lead them on till they transgress the law of God, till their usefulness is ruined, and their souls are in jeopardy. Sympathetic Pastor—Be men of God, on the gaining side.
Knowledge is within the reach of all who desire it. God designs the mind shall become strong, thinking deeper, fuller, clearer. Walk with God as did Enoch; make God your counselor and you cannot but make improvement He [a minister] will, as he visits families, begin to inquire the secrets of their married life. Do they live happily with their husbands? Do they feel that they are appreciated? Is there harmony in their married life? And thus the unsuspecting woman is led on by these ensnaring questions to open her secret life, her disappointments, her little trials and grievances, to a stranger as the Catholics do to their priests.
Then this sympathizing pastor puts in a chapter of his own experience; that his wife was not the woman of his choice; that there is no real affinity between them. He does not love his wife. She does not meet his expectations. The barrier is thus broken down, and women are seduced. They believe their life is one great disappointment, and this shepherd has great sympathy for his flock. Lovesick sentimentalism is encouraged, and the mind and soul is spoiled of its purity, if this kind of work does not result in the breaking of the seventh commandment.
Polluted thoughts harbored become habit, and the soul is scarred and defiled. Once do a wrong action and a blot is made which nothing can heal but the blood of Christ; and if the habit is not turned from with firm determination, the soul is corrupted and the streams flowing from this defiling fountain corrupt others. His influence is a curse. God will certainly destroy all those who continue this work We must be elevated, ennobled, sanctified.
We may have strength in Jesus to overcome; but when the character is lacking in purity, when sin has become a part of the character, it has a bewitching power that is equal to the intoxicating glass of liquor. The power of self-control and reason is overborne by practices that defile the whole being; and if these sinful practices are continued, the brain is enfeebled, diseased, and loses its balance.
Moral derangement, which we call depravity, finds ample room to work, and an influence is exerted by men, women, and youth professing to be Christians that is low, sensual, devilish. Satan is making masterly efforts to involve married men and women and children and youth in impure practices. His temptations find acceptance in many hearts, because they have not been elevated, purified, refined, and ennobled by the sacred truth which they claim to believe.
In Heavenly Places, He leads man to break the bands which connect him in holy, happy union with his Maker. The mind must not be left to dwell at random upon every subject that the enemy of souls may suggest. The heart must be faithfully sentineled, or evils without p. You will have to become a faithful sentinel over your eyes, ears, and all your senses if you would control your mind and prevent vain and corrupt thoughts from staining your soul.
The power of grace alone can accomplish this most desirable work. Salacious Novels and Pornography—Impure pictures have a corrupting influence. Novels are eagerly perused by many, and as the result, their imagination becomes defiled.
In the cars, photographs of females in a state of nudity are frequently circulated for sale. These disgusting pictures are also found in daguerrean saloons [photographic studios], and are hung upon the walls of those who deal in engravings. This is an age when corruption is teeming everywhere. The lust of the eye and corrupt passions are aroused by beholding and by reading The mind takes pleasure in contemplating scenes which awaken the lower and baser passions.
These vile images, seen through defiled imagination, corrupt the morals and prepare the deluded, infatuated beings to give loose rein to lustful passions. Then follow sins and crimes which drag beings formed in the image of God down to a level with the beasts, sinking them at last in perdition. Avoid reading and seeing things which will suggest impure thoughts. Cultivate the moral and intellectual powers. The author treats this subject at length in Testimonies for the Church 2: Many professed Christians are so benumbed by the same practice that their moral sensibilities cannot be aroused to understand that it is sin, and that if continued its sure results will be utter shipwreck of body and mind.
Man, the noblest being upon the earth, formed in the image of God, transforms himself into a beast! He makes himself gross and corrupt. Every Christian will have to learn to restrain his passions and be controlled by principle. Unless he does this, he is unworthy of the Christian name. Some who make high profession do not understand the sin of self-abuse and its sure results. Long-established habit has blinded their understanding.
They do not realize the exceeding sinfulness of this degrading sin, which is enervating the system and destroying their brain nerve power. Moral principle is exceedingly weak when it conflicts with established habit. Solemn messages from heaven cannot forcibly impress the heart that is not fortified against the indulgence of this degrading vice.
The sensitive nerves of the brain have lost their healthy tone by morbid excitation to gratify an unnatural desire for sensual indulgence. The brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only medium through which Heaven can communicate to man and affect his inmost life. Whatever disturbs the circulation of the electric currents in the nervous system lessens the strength of the vital powers, and the result is a deadening of the sensibilities of the mind.
Their minds are not at rest. Girls desire the society of boys, and boys that of the girls. Their deportment is not reserved and modest. They are bold and forward and take indecent liberties.
The habit of self-abuse has debased their minds and tainted their souls. Sexual Activity Before Marriage counsel to a Seventh-day Adventist youth —Few temptations are more dangerous or more fatal to young men than the temptation to sensuality, and none if yielded to will prove so decidedly ruinous to soul and body for time and eternity I ask you, Have you not broken them?
How was your time employed hours together night after night? Were your position, your attitude, your affections such that you would want them all registered in the ledger of heaven? I saw, I heard things that would make angels blush No young man should do as you have done to N, unless married to her; and I was much surprised to see that you did not sense this matter more keenly. Make short work in breaking this spell that like a fearful nightmare has brooded over you.
Cut yourself loose now and forever, if you have any desire for the favor of God You have spent hours of the night in her company because you were both infatuated In the name of the Lord, cease your attention to N or marry her You might as well marry her as to be in her society and conduct yourselves as only man and wife should conduct themselves toward each other If through the period of your life you wish to enjoy the p.
Your acts and conversation are offensive to God. The prophet has here [Ezekiel We see the very sins now existing in the world which were in Sodom and which brought upon her the wrath of God, even to her utter destruction. Sins of the Antediluvians and of Sodom on the Increase—Everywhere are seen wrecks of humanity, neglected family altars, broken-up families. There is a strange abandonment of principle, a lowering of the standard of morality; the sins are fast increasing which caused the judgments of God to be poured upon the earth in the Flood and in the destruction of Sodom by fire.
Invading the Church Today—Impurity is today widespread, even among the professed followers of Christ. Passion is unrestrained; the animal propensities are gaining strength by indulgence, while the moral powers are constantly becoming weaker The sins that destroyed the antediluvians and the cities of the plain exist today—not merely in heathen lands, not only among popular professors of Christianity, but with some who profess to be looking for the coming of the Son of man.
If God should present these sins before you as they appear in His sight, you would be filled with shame and terror. Shutting the Eyes to Light—Indulgence of the baser passions will lead very many to shut their eyes to the light, p. All may see if they will. If they choose darkness rather than light, their criminality will be none the less. Why do not men and women read and become intelligent upon these things which so decidedly affect their physical, intellectual, and moral strength?
God has given you a habitation to care for and preserve in the best condition for His service and glory. Listen again to what Peter says: But you are a chosen people emphasis mine. Christ taught the same thing in Matthew 5: You preserve the world from decay. You have tremendous value. He said you are the light of the world v. Among the people of the earth, there are a people who are radically different.
Because of this radical difference, Christians often will be mocked and persecuted as was happening to the believers in this context. Peter writes to encourage them but also to reinforce why they should continue to be different.
In the midst of persecution and suffering for our faith, there can be a tendency to dull the light and the witness of our lives in order to avoid offense. There can be a tendency to begin to compromise.
This seemed to be happening here in this context. Continue to be different, continue to be salty, continue to be light, and do not compromise with sin in the face of persecution. Peter reminds them of who they are and what distinguishes them. For some of us, this text will be a challenge, as it was to this church, to continue to remain different, to continue to not compromise at the work place or amongst friends.
For others, it may be a call to repent from ways we have compromised and conformed to this world. Can the world tell that we are different?
In this passage, we will see five marks that should distinguish us as believers in this world. As we go through these marks, we should ask ourselves are we living out these realities in our lives.
What marks distinguish believers from the world in 1 Peter 2: Believers Are a Blessed People But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. What are some of the blessings and privileges that distinguish Christians from the world according to 1 Peter 2: What ways are these privileges similar or different to Old Testament Israel? Here Peter begins to talk about all the blessings and privileges these suffering saints have received from God and that separated them from others.
He wants them to know how special they are. He writes to encourage them as they, no doubt, were discouraged by how they were being viewed and persecuted by others.
Chosen People He calls them a chosen people. Peter uses terminology commonly used in reference to Israel. Look at what Deuteronomy 7: This choosing is not because we are better than others or because we would respond to him.
Look at what Paul says: For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves emphasis mine. This was important for these Christians to hear because they were deemed by others to be the scum of the earth, and therefore, treated as such 1 Cor 4: This choosing represented their salvation.
They were chosen by God to receive salvation and to enjoy him forever. What were they chosen for? But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Their election is first, and election is the source and fountain of all the other blessings and characteristics that distinguish them from others who are appointed to destruction emphasis mine. For an audience that was probably primarily Jewish, this would have stood out. In the Old Testament, the monarchy and the priesthood were strictly separated.
Priest came from the lineage of Aaron from the tribe of Levi. Only they could approach God at the temple; only they could offer the sacrifices. The rest of the Jews could not. In addition, the king was special in Israel because he was anointed with oil by the priest. This means he was equipped and empowered by God to do the task of ruling Israel and fighting the battles of the Lord.
We see the Holy Spirit coming upon the kings to win battles. Similarly, the priest was anointed, and therefore, empowered by the Holy Spirit to minister to God and the people. But again, these privileges were not for regular Jews and they were strictly separated.
We see the strict separation of these two roles in two kings that were judged by God for trying to combine the priesthood and the kingship. King Saul was anxious to go to battle, and instead of waiting for the priest Samuel to come and offer a sacrifice to the Lord, he decided to do it himself. In 1 Samuel Saul was judged for trying to merge the priesthood and the kingship. We also saw this in 2 Chronicles Uzziah became very successful, and therefore, prideful.
He felt that because he was so great he could burn incense in the temple—again a work specifically for the priest to do. He then stepped down from being king and passed the kingship to his son. He died a leper. Therefore, the privilege of being a royal priesthood would have stood out to the original audience. A royal priesthood, a merging of the two lines together? The line of Judah was for the kings, and the line of Aaron for the priests.
How is this reality possible? The only way this is possible is because under the New Covenant, there is no longer a priest who must come from a specific tribal line. The writer of Hebrews argues in Hebrews 7: This was something prophesied about the coming Messiah in Psalm He would be a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, a kingly priest.
Christians being royal priests represent the fact that we have been united with Christ. We are his body, and whatever glory Christ receives we receive as well. It means we will reign with him eternally, and here on earth, our role is to draw men unto himself and to lead people in the worship of him as priests.
This should stand out. Peter wants them to realize that they are different from the world because they know Christ. What ways can we apply the role of believers being kings and priests? It means we will rule with Christ. Scripture clearly proclaims we will rule in the coming kingdom.
We see this in many texts. As mentioned, Romans 8: In the ancient world, coming to the king was like going to court. They would often rule over cases. We see that with Solomon as he decides between two women claiming to be the mother of a child 1 Kings 3: Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?
Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life emphasis mine! We see this in the Great Commission as Christ sends the disciples out to minister in his authority. But also as royalty in Christ, we fight wars on behalf of the kingdom. Ancient kings would go off and fight battles in the interest of their kingdom. What battles do we fight? The church is seen tearing down the fortresses and strongholds of Satan.
When you preach the gospel, you go into enemy territory. When you minister to those in depression and habitual sins, you trample on enemy ground. Paul in Ephesians 6 shows the church as a soldier putting on the armor of God, the armor of the King. But, we are also called priests.
One of the unique roles of the priest was to have an intimate relationship with God. In fact, the high priest was the only priest who could enter into the presence of God once a year on the Day of Atonement. No other person could do that. Well, on this earth, one of the things that distinguishes us as believers is the fact that we can walk and live in the presence of God.
You talk to God, and he talks to you. But not only that, the priest would pray on behalf of the people for the forgiveness of their sins and bring their requests before God. We see the priest Samuel says to Israel that he would not sin by ceasing to pray for them.
When Israel was exiled in Babylon, God called them to pray for the prosperity of Babylon because when Babylon prospered they would prosper Jer Even though Israel was no longer in their land, that did not change their identity. They were still a priestly nation called to intercede for the nations. Similarly, wherever God has placed you, in a nation, a work place, a church, or a family, they are to be places that you intercede for.
You are to intercede for the leaders to make godly decisions, for strongholds to be broken, and for the light of the gospel to go forth. Praying for everyone is a tremendous amount of work. The priests were also called to teach the people.
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We specifically see this with Ezra who devoted himself to the study and teaching of the law of God Ezra 7: One of the reasons you have been chosen to be a priests is to be a teacher of the Word of God. Most of the world will never read the Bible, but they should see and hear the Bible coming out of your mouth all the time.
God told Israel the same thing. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Israel the nation was called to be a nation of priests, even though the specific priestly role was reserved for the family of Aaron. You, as a follower of Christ, have been chosen to be a royal priesthood.
You minister with authority, you will one day rule and judge this earth; you fight the battles on behalf of the kingdom. You, of all people, have an intimate relationship with the Father. Christians have the privilege of being a royal priesthood. Holy Nation Peter also says they are a holy nation. This again was terminology used of Israel. They were set apart by God for good works, to serve him and worship him.
In the same way, we have been chosen and set apart for good works. This separates us from the world. Look at what Paul said about believers: The word he uses here for workmanship is the Greek word poema from which we get the English word poem. Similar to the way a poem is carefully crafted and constructed with each verb, adjective, adverb, noun, and preposition to achieve a desired goal. God has and is carefully crafting and constructing us through various events, teachings, and even trials for the purpose of producing good works for his glory.
God chose us to display his beautiful artwork—his character and good works to the rest of the world. Holiness has the positive element of righteousness or good works, but it also has the negative element of staying unspotted or free from the pollution of sin. The church is a holy nation separated from sin and set apart for the purpose of good works.
Are you staying unspotted, unpolluted from the world and the things of this world? Are you practicing a faith that helps and serves others, especially the less fortunate? A lot of Christians have a religion that does not create holiness in their lives.
It essentially makes no difference for them or others. This is not a religion that our God accepts James 1: God has chosen to call out a holy nation to represent him and to serve others. People Possessed by God Peter declares that the church was a people belonging to God.
Again, this was something said about Israel: What does this mean? It means not only are we here to serve God, but we are here for his pleasure. Whatever you own, you own for your pleasure because it gives you joy.
Well, God chose you for the purpose of his pleasure. This was a phenomenal concept that would drastically change how these persecuted believers looked at themselves.
They were mocked, abused, and rejected and yet, owned and treasured by God. We also see this reality taught in the book of Ephesians. Look at what Ephesians 5: Look at what Zephaniah says about the people of God: Zephaniah talks about the people of God in a language we are not used to hearing. He says God takes great delight in us; he rejoices and sings over us. This is a phenomenal concept. When I see my daughter, I often just shower praises over her.
You are just a cutie. One of the things that I have found most interesting about being a parent, is that I sometimes enjoy my baby the most when she is mimicking me.
I shake my head, and she shakes her head. Or I clap my hands, and she claps her hands. It does something to me inside. My joy is then fulfilled as I praise her. Typically, your possessions are used to bring you joy—your TV, your internet, your pets, your family, and your friends. Well, God, who is independent and needs nothing, has chosen to create you for his pleasure.
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You are his treasured possession. He gets great joy over you, and no doubt, he gets the most joy when you imitate him as well--when you enjoy him, and when you walk like him.
Like me praising and enjoying my daughter, he praises and sings over us. We see him bragging even before the angels in the book of Job. Yes, you were not only made to enjoy God. You were made so God could enjoy you. You are a people on the earth whom God enjoys. You are his possession… If you truly understood this, if the eyes of your heart could really grasp this, it would deliver you from all your insecurities and fears.
No, you are perfect. You are perfect because you were created by God cf. Paul prays similarly in Ephesians 3: And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God emphasis mine.
Paul prays that the church may comprehend his love so they could be filled with the measure of his fullness.
What does that mean? When you understand how much God loves you, when you truly comprehend it, it will change you. You will be filled with his fullness, transformed by his grace. Let us pray as well, that we may have power to grasp this. These persecuted believers needed to understand this, and so do we. How should we respond to this reality? Here in this passage, Peter says the church has received mercy. They were a people whom God did not give the judgment and punishment that they deserved.
Mercy is when God does not give us what we deserve. Listen to what Paul said: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved emphasis mine.
We followed this world, we followed Satan and we followed the desires of our hearts. God is angry at sin all the time, and therefore, we were under his wrath and on the path to being separated from him eternally in hell.
Believers have received mercy. Peter teaches this by using another analogy with Israel from Hosea 1: However, at the end of chapter 1, God declares that though this may be true for a season with Israel, ultimately they would again be his people and would again receive mercy Hos 1: Peter, in this analogy, says the church is similar—the church was not deserving of mercy, but God gave us mercy and called us to himself.
This makes the church unique in the world—they are a people who have received mercy. Why does Peter emphasize this mercy after talking about all the other blessings and responsibilities of the people of God? Listen to Ephesians 2: We were separated from him and under his wrath, but God saved us by his grace.
This is an important revelation we must have in order to be effective at any type of ministry. When we have lost the realization of our sin, it is then that we have become unequipped for the priesthood. It was right after Isaiah saw the depth of his sin in Isaiah 6 that God called him to be one that spoke for him Isa 6: Look at Deuteronomy That is why I command you to do this emphasis mine.
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Israel is called to care for the alien in the land, the fatherless, and the widow on the basis of remembering they used to be slaves in Egypt. In order to properly minister, they must first remember the mercy they themselves had received from God. Certainly, we see this in Paul as well.
He declared in 1 Timothy 1: This recognition of his own sin prepared him to be a proper minister of God. However, when we have lost this reality of our state as a sinner, it is then that we are prone to pride and being judgmental. We are unfit for ministry. This was the problem of the Pharisees. They did not see themselves as sinners, and therefore, misjudged everybody else Luke In this passage, Peter tells these people and us how privileged we are as the church.