Galatians 5:19-21 New Living Translation
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
If you think your sinful desires will go away once you’ve received Christ into your heart you are mistaken. Just like an alcoholic is constantly in danger of taking a drink no matter how long he’s been sober, so our sinful desires are a continuous threat to sink our greatest spiritual aspirations. The more you feed your spirit man (or woman) the stronger your faith and self-control shall be. The less time you spend feeding your spirit, the more prone you will become to fall into sin by virtue of the myriad of temptations that are at our fingertips. We must always be mindful of what Christ willingly did for each one of us. He bled and died to pay the price required for sin.
The old nature must not win out over our new God given nature. The Holy Spirit can and will assist us in the struggle if we ask him to, but steering clear of the temptations in the first place would be a tremendous help. The supposed benefits that come from raucous living dissolve rapidly, leaving a shell of what was once a man. And what of those who live quiet, decent lives by human standards. They are still prone to secret indulgences that no one is aware of but God. Sin is sin, regardless of the shape and size of it. But the reason people are sent to hell is because of their rejection of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness he offers by virtue of his death.
The Apostle Paul lays out a very plain message regarding ungodly living. If you engage in this sort of lifestyle regularly and disregard the gift of grace that can change the direction of your life for the good, you will not enter into heaven. Scripture is clear. To think God would never reject anyone because he is a God of love and mercy is tragically false. God never made hell for man. He made it as the eternal home of the rebellious Lucifer (or Satan) and his followers. Shed your useless desires, which bring nothing but pain in the end and put on the righteousness of God. It’s your choice. Choose wisely. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.