Does your conscience speak? Are you troubled if you live as the world?
For one of God’s elect to live as the world is for sure a person who is disturbed and troubled. His life is like a spiritual schizophrenic; he is living two lives. His life is very difficult as he tries to remain under the yoke of darkness and the burden of guilt. To live the lie is a troubled existence. In fact, the beating your soul will take as it is kicked and punished by the world, will leave your soul without any joy or spiritual contentment; as a slave is beaten down before a wicked master.
Have you afflicted your soul in this way? Have you found pleasure in iniquity and carnality? Does your soul feel empty after frequenting worldly entertainment?
II Peter 2:7-8 illustrates how Lot’s soul was vexed by the evil in Sodom and Gommorah. “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. For the righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.”
Lot grappled with the love of Sodom and Gomorrah to the point where he didn’t desire to leave its filth and had to be led out by the hand of angels.
We must take notice of how being active in sinful endeavors, no matter how small or carnally delicious, paves the way for the repeating of sin as the violation of God’s holy word intensifies.
You see, we are a clever people. We rationalize that by attending church faithfully and being active in the church, automatically justifies our sinful walk of life. Another common justification of ours is when we are younger we think that we will eventually walk through the door of spiritual maturity and through time arrive as a good-standing, sin sensitive member of God’s Church. How we love to deceive ourselves!
Let’s get angry with ourselves! Let’s have an holy anger at our sin and quit excusing ourselves by comparing our lives with that of others! Our walk is just between us and the Lord, so go and stand in His presence and in His light through prayer! Let God examine your soul and heart and live a sanctified life, hating sin for which we are so often clamoring. “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” I Peter 2:1 This is not to say we must minimize our desire of fleshly things for it will always be a struggle, but the struggle will be made easier if we don’t vex our souls and love the liberty with which Christ has set us free. Find that inner peace that can only come from living a life of repentance and gratitude. We must worship God in all that we do and seek the peace, joy and contentment of Jerusalem rather than pleasures of sin of Sodom and Gomorrah. God blesses those of His people who walk a sanctified life and He only can and will give true meaning to the joy in our souls.