By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Flirting with destiny is serious business when one realizes the implication for having done so. We are living in a world that is rapidly closing its eyes to the evils that have been transplanted as good instead of evil.
Flirting with destiny came into focus with God's creation of man and woman in the Garden of Eden and has been ongoing every since. God commanded: The tree of knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17). Death had not entered into the picture until the forbidden fruit was consumed and flirting with destiny being a reality. (Comment)
God gave Adam and Eve freedom to partake of the fruit of all the trees in the Garden of Eden; except one. Flirting with destiny came into focus, through the serpent, who undermined the severity of God's Word.
It was done in a manner to cast doubt on the commandment rendered. The serpent said: You shall not surely die! The serpent, a agent of Satan, blatantly undermined the Word of God, in a subtle manner, with Eve being taken in by the deception (Genesis 3:4-6). We are living in an era of time in which the Word of God is once again being taken lightly rather than wholeheartedly.
There are many instances in God's Word of man's flirtation with the future. One such instance was when the people in the prophet Jeremiah's day, said: We will come to you no more. God's response: Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number (Jeremiah 2:32).
Not only had the people forsaken God, but taught their wicked ways to others as well. Can one not see this happening today, as many are flirting with destiny, in pursuing ungodly ways, introducing such to others, that would provoke God's wrath as in Jeremiah's day?
The term flirt is to behave carelessly, or indifferent, to what one has been warned to stay away from. Similar words are to bait the hook, ensnare, entice, or seduce. It is as a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men.
Scripture reveals such a nature, of the the immoral woman who flatters with her words: For her house inclines to death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life (Proverbs 2:18-19).
Those words are a warning to avoid sexual sin. Many nations today are freely promoting sexual sin which God's Word warns against: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery (sex other than with one's spouse), fornication (sex outside biblical marriage), uncleanness (or sexual impurity), and lasciviousness (or sexual excess) (Galatians 5:19).
A Sunday school commentary noted: All around us are the signs that modern man refuses to accept the fact that sin is his problem. Many no longer call homosexuality a sin but an alternate lifestyle. Adultery is now viewed by some as merely a relationship. There is an attempt to cover up the severity of such by placing a more acceptable label on what in reality is the flirting with destiny of one's soul.
There is an influx of ungodliness, in many once godly nations, that has been allowed to surface with little attempt to offset its acceptance. There are laws and rulings made to be accommodate these ungodly lifestyles that are playing havoc with a "One Nation under God" concept.
Scripture reveals: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-21)! Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:23)!
Franklin D. Roosevelt stated: This generation has a meeting with destiny. Those words are just as meaningful today. The choice of a nation; or people, will declare what that destiny will be.
Scripture reveals: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness: but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 2:9-10).
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation (or conduct) and godliness (2 Peter 2:11). Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
Wherefore, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14). Therefore, seeing you know these things, before (or beforehand), beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever (2 Peter 3:17-18).
Flirting with destiny does not have to be man's lot in life; for Scripture reveals: But now being made free from sin (through Christ's atoning blood on Calvary), we become servants to God (after having been reconciled to Him), you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:22-23).
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Salvation, in Christ, became a reality to me in 1978; with my coming to the Lord, asking for the forgiveness of my sins, and making a commitment to serving Him.
Jesus extends the same invitation to you, in saying: Behold, I stand at the door and knock (the door of your heart); if any man hear my voice, and open the door (and only you can), I will come in to him, and will sup (or dine) with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
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