I am not trying to offer anyone
an excuse to live a life conformed to the world!
As a Christian, we are still 'called' to 'do right!'
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of
that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
It isn't easy!
Romans 8:1 - There
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 6:19 - I
speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for
as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity
unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
Romans 7:25 - I
thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself
serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
II Corinthians 4:11 - For
we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the
also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
II Corinthians 7:1 - Having
therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from
all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear
The people around us are not our enemy so they shouldn't
be our battle!
II Corinthians 7:5 - For,
when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled
on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
Move on to Break 42 for a great 'pre-conclusion'
II Corinthians 10:2,3 -
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence,
wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked
according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war
after the flesh:
- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places.
Although, they sure do tend to treat us like their
Galatians 4:16 -
Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
II Corinthians 12:15 -
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly
I love you, the less I be loved.