LOVE OF PLEASURE


INTRODUCTION

Love of pleasure of an ungodly nature is an entrapment that has befallen many.  Apostle Paul gave the characteristics of such: Men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous  (money lovers), boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self-control), fierce, despisers of those that are good.

Traitors, heady (reckless), high-minded, lovers of pleasures more (rather than) lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Evil men and seducers shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

It was noted that the last days began with the birth of Christ and will culminate in Christ's return to the earth to set up His kingdom. The prediction of perilous times (which we are in) indicates that apostasy will characterize the final days before His return.


Love of Pleasure
Withdrawing from God

When one has seen the generation that has witnessed the power of God; in revival spirit with tremendous influence on lives of many, it is indeed sad to see a withdrawing from God due to love of pleasure more than God's blessings! 

The Webpage Vision from God noted: My (God's) people have become complacent and are drifting along with the tide of this world and they are being drawn further away from me. They have not firmly set their anchor in Me, their solid Rock, and they have not attached themselves to Me; the lifeline I have thrown to them.  If they do not set their lifeline they will soon perish in the sea of life that surrounds them because they are drifting far from Me instead of closer to Me.

If My people will return to their first love with Me, and renew their commitment and sincere fellowship with Me, then I will send them a true revival breakthrough. I am lovingly waiting for My people to earnestly draw themselves back to Me and recommit themselves wholeheartedly to Me in My ways; not part of the way, but all the way.

Youth of Today

In order for the church to attract the youth of today it has allowed the intermixing of the world as an inducement to gain their attention!  What happens when all the hype, of such entertainment (love of pleasure), dissipates and no real relationship with God exists? 

What happens when one comes back to reality, having been deceived into acceptance of the delusion presented to them; embracing a worldly culture, in the midst of a supposed godly environment? When the youth come to the opinion that the church is not relevant or I will find God elsewhere; will they not seek after the more colorful traits of a worldly environment, after having been introduced to such? 

Ungodly Influences

Captivity-of-the-Mind

The mainstream media helps introduce ungodly influences; social media's moral compass has become disoriented with enhancement of ungodliness; the Internet is helping to nourish lustful enticements; along with movies and television.  All of these devices give amply room for promoting profanity, vulgarity, and nudity.  

The morals of yesteryear have for the most part dissipated with the ushering in of that which appeases the appetite; with the love of pleasure being an influence towards drifting away from once held godly morals.  Apostle John wrote: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father, is not in him. 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passes away, and the lust thereof; but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-17). The term "World" signifies the evil desire and sin which is so much a part of human existence.

Individual Weaknesses

All people are tempted differently according to individual weaknesses. Our adversary, the Devil, knows the right bait; to bring his deceptive nature to fullness and to ensnare His victim!  It was noted that the bait used falls into three areas of life:  The lust of the flesh (physical desires); the lust of the eyes (personal desires), and the pride of life (self-interest and love of pleasure).  When Satan (also called the Devil), caused the fall of mankind; it was through these three areas of weakness.

Scripture reveals:  When the woman (Eve) saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband (Adam) with her; and he did eat (Genesis 3:6). Love of pleasure is pleasant to one's sight when pushed to the hilt by an ungodly source!  

Apostle Paul issued a warning to the ungodly:  The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). It was noted that the wrath mentioned is not a revelation of future judgment of God but a present revelation that parallels the present revelation of God's righteousness. Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm; unrighteousness is failure in the moral sphere or injustice toward man.

Walking Away from
God's Word

Apostle Paul expressed concern for the church in Galatia:  I marvel that you are so soon removed (turning away) from him that called you unto the grace of Christ unto another gospel; which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would (want to) pervert the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7).  It was noted that so soon removed can be translated "you are so quickly deserting" for the Galatians were in the initial stages of defecting through erroneous teaching!

Apostle Paul noted: You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?  This persuasion comes not of him that called you (Galatians 5:7-8).  The Galatians were making good progress spiritually; but there were some encouraging them to embrace a different way than previously taught.

There are those today who are walking away from the Word of God; picking and choosing what does not bring a reproach on their desired lifestyle or love of pleasure!  Tolerance and acceptability is becoming the norm for many, rather than taking a stand for the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God without compromise!

Returning to One's Former
Love and Devotion

Twenty-Eight

Jesus addressed the church of Ephesus:   I know your works, and your labor, and your patience (perseverance), and how you cannot bear (endure) them which are evil: and you have tried (tested) them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars. 

And has borne (persevered), and has patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted (Revelation 2:2-3).  The comments to that point would have gratified the soul, except what is revealed in the next verse:  Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love (Revelation 2:4).

Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick (light) out of this place, except you repent (Revelations 2:5).  It was noted that the solution to this condition was threefold: Remember your former devotion to Christ; repent of present lack of love and devotion; and return, that is, do the things that were characteristic of your devotion of earlier years!

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