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-2Peter 1:10 What are the things we should overcome to qualify for the highest position we can get in the Kingdom of God?

Many people do not entertain evil thoughts, evil thoughts entertain them! 

"People spend more time on seeking pleasure than on becoming better."....Charlton Heston, famous actor. 

"The pursuit of happiness is not the pursuit of pleasure."....Derek Sanderson, NHL legend. 

Avoiding the fruits of sin involves staying out of the orchard!

One trick of the devil is to wait, to wait until you open a door for more influence.

Christ has already overcome all that is necessary:.John 17:4; 19:30. That is why He said...

And because of what He has done, we can see the incredible love He has for us.

Watch out for things of the flesh which come from the low, the ordinary consciousness ego level.(mostly selfish ways of man).which tend to pull a person down a step further. Watch out.(be alert).for the choices that life presents you, the people that are offering you things that greatly appeal to you:.Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.(the things that take you on the road in that direction)." Isaiah 30:9-13; Revelation 3:17; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:5-17; Ezekiel 18:30; 14:3-8;.(*). Always be asking, How does this fit in love, before you commit.

How does one overcome the influence of what John here calls."the world", which is the negative mass mind of humanity that is continually pumped towards the dark way, the way of death?.Jeremiah 21:8 "And unto this people say, Thus says the LORD, Behold.(take notice), I set before you the way of life and the way of death.".And here is the choice for mankind; follow the way of the ego or the way of higher consciousness. And the more we walk the higher consciousness highway, the greater is the disconnection from influence of negatives and life becomes better..Matthew Henry's Commentary:."God's promises to us are more powerful and effective for mortifying sin.(what is sin?), than our promises to God.".Often when we have failed to do what is good, we do like many people do at New Years, feel bad for the unkind things to ourselves and to others we have done. It's like a promise to God to be better. And that seldom lasts, because power was lacking to make it stick and power to make it stick only comes the connection within we have to the All Powerful.

So, how to make it stick is to believe God is on your side. There is power in believing:.1Corinthians 2:5 "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might."

Romans 6:6-10 "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more. Death has no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once, but in that he lives, he lives unto God."

Mark 7:20-23 "And he said: That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts.(what are these?), adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye.(wanting to trip up someone you may not like, doing sneaky things to thwart another to your advantage), blasphemy, pride, foolishness.(original is 'senseless, stupid things', 'rash and/or insensitive actions', 'acting without reflection of intelligence'). All these.(and more).evil things come from within and defile.(original is 'make dirty, pollute, corrupt').the man."

That is, corrupt in the sense that he remains at odds.(by leaving the Infinite One and His spiritual purposes out of the picture, thus bringing more evil into the world through him or her).with the righteousness that could be given him as a gift, thus enabling him or her to be totally accepted by God.(why this is important?); effectively placing us into the Kingdom of God. Corruption comes from."deceitful lusts".(lust is...).engaged in until a person becomes."past feeling".

Deceitful lusts involve pursuing ways to bring us things we're sure would provide the particular brand of happiness we desire, as Derek found out.

Greedy people want power and position so the objects of their greed can be acquired. They are so missing the mark of what they are on Earth for:.Luke 12:34 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Albert Einstein in 1954 had quite a commentary on the selfishness of mankind.

Even Christians were back then enveloped in this captivation: Ephesians 4:17-20. And some are today.

Jeremiah 5:7,8 ".....when I had fed them to the full.(often this is why trials are necessary for those God loves and wants to bring to a greater purpose), they then committed adultery and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. They were as fed horses in the morning, every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.(original is 'woman'; committed woman implied)." 1Timothy 1:10 "For whoremongers (original is 'lewd people'), for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers.(original is 'those desiring a slave relationship', like some corporations and abusive mates), for liars.(original, 'to speak deliberate falsehoods'), for perjured persons.(original, 'those breaking their word', untrustworthy).and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.(or 'teaching'; commopn sense teachings that produce good)." Jude 1:8 "Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion and speak evil of dignities."

The Infinite One wants you to have abundant living.(*), but there is only one way to get it.

It is the belief in the existence of and power of the Great Infinite One that gives you the enthusiasm to have desire to follow those things that are good and keeps you from sinking again into the ego level of living:.1John 5:5 "Who is he that overcomes.(original for overcomes is 'to come off victorious' and just how is this accomplished 1Corinthians 15:57; Romans 4:4,5; Ephesians 1:11){also shows here that we have already obtained an inheritance rejoice, it is fixed already, so Revelation 3:11; 1Peter 5:4; 2Timothy 4:8; James 1:12}).the world, but he that believes that Emmanuel is the Son of God?" 1John 2:16 "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Philippians 2:21 "For all seek their own.(selfishness), not the things which are Emmanuel the Christ's.".And what are those things? Love, kindness and all the high standard things of the spirit.

"Feelings which are never expressed languish away and die. It is equally true of the noble and the base. Refuse expression to an unworthy passion and we slay it by suffocation."....Jowett.
 


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