By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Vulnerable to evil influences is a trend that is growing in a society that is fast becoming pagan in nature. There is little or no religion when one's delight is in sensual pleasures rather than pursing a godly path.
Scripture encourages the believer in Christ to hold fast to faith, with a good conscience; which some having put away have made shipwreck (1 Timothy 1:19). Holding fast to one's faith means to maintain one's confidence in God!
Becoming shipwrecked is rejection of the inner moral voice of conscience; being swayed from the truth of God's Word. One's moral compass then points in the wrong direction; no longer sensitive to the guiding principles of God's Word or Spirit, and making way for being vulnerable to the evil influences that dominate today's society.
As vulnerable to evil influences becomes more prominent; its advocates will continue to be in opposition towards the things of God, that would expose their evil deeds (John 3:20).
The apostle Paul informed Timothy, a young evangelist, that evil men, and seducers shall grow worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But to continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of; knowing of whom you have learned them (2 Timothy 3:13-14).
There is concern of a nation's being vulnerability to invasion from those outside its borders; when the greatest danger should be the evil influences from within that have already invaded the land. They have become so numerous and acceptable that it is as a cancerous growth that continues in its destructive path.
Vulnerable to evil influences is not only geared towards adults in what they have allowed their mind to consume; but also in the youth of the land, being fed ungodly content that would pollute the mind, rather than godly knowledge that would enhance life.
America, and other once godly nations have an ongoing sin movement that is being promoted by the LGBT community towards a homosexual lifestyle condemned in God's Word, same sex marriage, acts of immorality, even promoting a transgender movement that questions the God-given gender identity at one's birth.
These are direct violations of the biblical truths of God's Word. Many have allowed, and even accommodated, ungodly lifestyles to rise virtually unopposed in the land. Laws and judicial rulings have been made to enhance such lifestyles.
It is not only the LGBT movement; but persons of fame who openly endorse ungodly lifestyles; even indulging in such themselves.
We are seeing evilness of man rise to an alarming display of ungodliness; immorality that should raise the eyebrows of many, but does not. Many have become immune to the righteousness of God; and have become enslaved to devices that bring sin and ungodly content into focus.
There is a consumption of sin that has far exceeded that of Sodom and Gomorrah which God destroyed as an example to them that afterward should life ungodly (2 Peter 2:6). Many are embracing the sinful nature of man without a clue of its destructive nature.
Vulnerable to evil influences comes when one allows the protective hedge of God to be lowered (Isaiah 5:5); through their own sinful lifestyles, and not grasping hold of the Word of God.
It as been stated that B I B L E stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. And it truly is; if one is willing to abide by its instructions, live a godly life in Christ Jesus, through God's Word and Spirit; and endure unto the end (Matthew 24:13).
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Being made free from sin, we become servants to God, and have our fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life (Romans 6:22-23).
The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: who is the propitiation (or atonement) for our sins (1 John 2:1-2).
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Product of the world are those who have become addicted to sin and wickedness through various means available.
A coming out! A day of reckoning; past offenses being revealed, with many being called to task for former abuses, with a new found freedom not formerly granted.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness.
Ungodly persuasion has been on a upswing; with open reign towards exploiting the ungodliness of man, opposing any who would attempt to countermand.
It takes the right bait to make a catch! What method is our adversary the Devil using to catch his intended victims?
Return to Egypt in this text is used in a figurative sense but during the time of the wilderness experience it was a reality in the hearts of many.
The nature of sin is towards the appeasement of fleshly desires of man and allures one into its deceptive nature while hiding its real intent.
Dwelling in wickedness has become a normality in many once godly nations. There is an adoption of evil ways that far exceeds Babylon which was the hold of every foul spirit.
Breaking free is a reminiscence of the cry of David in the 40th Psalm. David had a sure hope and firm expection of God's help to deliver Him in a time of duress.