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Posted by Elaine July 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM AEST

What dangers come with living to feed the lusts of our flesh?

According to Master Shinran The Founder of Jodo Shin Buddhism, every human consists of 108 worldly passions. Of these, desire, anger, and hatred are three major passions. When bitten by a bee or by a centipede, it takes five to seven days to heal. However, when one is poisoned by worldly passions, the wound never heals. Its victim carries this wound throughout his life. Instead of healing, the wound becomes gangrenous with hatred.

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So is it possible to decide to follow Jesus and ignore how He tells us to live?

Jesus says, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.John 8:34 (NIV)

Here Charles Stanley talks about the dangers of trying to live as a christian with a worldly heart – A worldly heart. 2 Peter 2:9-18

God warns us against misguided desires, because sinful passions can lead to emptiness, suffering, disappointment, pain, and even death. Wise believers let the Father direct their yearnings—and then make changes if necessary.

Impure desires have been part of the “flesh” nature since the fall of man, and they can be hard to see in ourselves. Instead of obvious things like theft, drugs, or immorality, they often involve more subtle attitudes and behaviors, like – Hoping for a rival’s downfall, despising authority 2 Peter 2:10, Obsessing about wealth 1 Tim. 6:9, or even speaking arrogant and vain words.

Since worldly passions can cause great damage 2 Peter 2:18, believers are to deny them Titus 2:11-12. But we can’t overcome these desires on our own.

Submitting to God’s Spirit is the only way to live righteously.

The Lord knows what we really desire—and more importantly, what we need—even when cloudy judgment leads us astray. And He understands honest mistakes. When a believer misinterprets the Spirit’s guidance or receives bad advice from a friend, God looks at the heart. He may allow the consequences of a poor choice to play out, but He won’t shame His children for an honest mistake. He can turn a bad situation into something good Rom. 8:28.

God can save us from worldly desires, but we must be willing to commit ourselves to Him and trust that His response is the best thing for us. When we put our lives entirely in the Father’s hands, we can claim the wonderful promises He has for us and then rest in His grace.

For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley, please visit Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc. © 2009 All Rights Reserved.

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