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The Church Of Worldly Wisdom, Part II
June 27, 2010
"James is explicit about how this searching for pleasure works misery in one's life. As a person is victimized by conflicting desire, his or her inner life becomes a battleground. The old nature (flesh), with its self-seeking focus on personal pleasure, battles against the new nature and selfish pleasure-seeking dominates. This in turn fosters a self-focus which naturally diminishes the importance of others and enthrones one's pleasures as the goal of life. This brings relational war with those around us, especially others in the church. Such narcissistic embrace of one's own pleasure is the chief end of life, whether it be sensual, materialistic, professional, or positional."
Romans 7:21-23, "I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."
Galatians 5:17, "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish."
God wants us to immerse ourselves in His pleasure by immersing ourselves in Him. His desire to be glorified and our desire to be satisfied are not irreconcible. Problems come when one seeks pleasure from the wrong source and in the wrong way.
Jeremiah 2:13, 'For My people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
and hewn themselves cisterns - broken cisterns that can hold no water."
I. THE SOURCE OF PRESSURE. 1
1. Conflict With Others
2. Conflict With Oneself
II. THE SPECIFICS OF THE PROBLEM. 2-3
Effects of unchecked desires:
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