Exceedingly

Numbers 15:38-40 “Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.”

Our bodies are amazing! Take our olfactory nerves, or our sense of smell. Our noses can only sustain a certain smell for a period of time then, if there is a constant bombardment, it blocks that smell so we can detect other smells. That is why when you put on cologne or perfume, you cannot smell it all day because our noses block it after a while.

I believe the same happens when we are bombarded with such sinful things around us. Electronics and technology have exponentially increased the amount of images our eyes see and the sounds our ears take in. From billboards to to newspapers; from television to our smartphones, we are increasingly assaulted with almost unfiltered snippets of information, images bearing nudity, violence and sin.

God uses some very distinct and deliberate words in His Book. Whore. This term – WHORE – is not new, nor has it lost its sting or bite. In old times, a woman who committed adultery or prostituted herself was looked down upon, vilified, and shunned. She was considered dirty because of the very business in which she participated.

The very act of taking what God set apart for marriage only and make it a business for any and all to come and partake is something that we have been bombarded with in our media. From the abuses that take place against men, women and children; to the commerce of trafficking bodies like cattle for the inordinate sinful lusts that seem insatiable, we see the world display the most rotten, corrupt, vile and utterly putrid side of humanity.

Romans 7:13 “Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.”

The constant bombardment to our senses of nudity and immorality spread across the television screens, billboards, and talked about as if it were behavior we wink at and push to the side. God sees our disobedience, our lack of holiness as nothing worse than as a whore seeking her ‘john’.

This no longer shocks us.

We are lulled to sleep in our apathy because we fail at this very truth:

Never mistake the mercy of God in a situation or circumstance as approval for the sinful behavior we commit.

We have lost a very valuable perspective – How our holy, righteous God views sin.

Hollywood movies today break all ten commandments. The language we hear on the radio was unacceptable in days gone by. What is said today would have earned a mouth washed out with soap in my day. The Bible has words to describe this type of behavior:

Lewdness, lasciviousness, inordinate affection, uncleanness, evil concupiscence, abominable, abhorrent, fornication, adultery, whoredom, lustful…

Which if we were to think in comparison to the holiness and purity of our God, could we truly grasp the utter hatred God has for sin?

So, how do we see our sin as exceedingly sinful? The constant input to our senses must be stopped and flooded with all that is good and holy.

Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

When our souls become so overcome with the goodness of God and His holiness, the slightest tinge or taint of sin will seem exceedingly sinful to us. When how we talk or how we deal with one another is confronted for the sin that it is, we can lift up holiness as a standard by which we operate; how we deal with and treat one another.

Then the true change must be addressed for where it starts: in our minds.

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

We, the church, need a good scrubbing of our minds from the images we see every day.

2 Corinthians 10:5-6 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

Having a heart attitude toward our sin like God sees sin, is the beginning of revival. Our willingness to cast aside all that stands between our soul and the Savior will tell just how numb we’ve become; how accepting we are to the sinful bombardment to our senses.

Take a sabbatical from Hollywood, the media – both mainstream and social, control the input to your mind to be that which only God would view as acceptable and then watch as holiness begins to come alive in our spirit.

Seek only that which pleases God. Revenge all our disobedience as Corinthians tells us. It may very well be that when the church experiences the joy that comes from being in His presence, we can show a lost and dying world the true transforming power that can take and cleanse their sin as well.

Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

1 Comment

  1. W/ love brother Paul, Joanie & I we just taking not of the ribbon of blue: to remember & DO the commandments of GOD in todays reading. Mark S.

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