The Great Cost of Carnal Living

Jer 8:18-21  When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

When you read the book of Jeremiah remember what gave birth to its writing. The southern kingdom has followed the lead of her northern sibling and turned from God. Little by little they moved away from the holy and moral foundations that exemplified their walk with God. God is a Holy God and therefore demands holy living from His children in order to maintain a sweet fellowship with them. While God doesn’t turn away from them He does turn on them. They had chosen to let the moral and holy standards that had been established by their forefathers and honored by their God to slip. Little by little they drifted from the once safe harbor of sweet fellowship. As they looked at the world and the temporal enjoyment that fleshly living brought them they began to question the standards that kept their fellowship with God open. Satan got them considering their present desire to satisfy their flesh. The only thing that stood between them and enjoying life like the heathens did was those wretched standards of holiness. They ultimately cast them aside in favor of idols and lust. Anyone who stood in the path of their carnal desires were beaten (Jer 20:2; 31:19), ridiculed (26:11) and incarcerated (38:4-6). Now, in the NT, Paul tells us that in the last days these events will be repeated (2Ti 4:3). Paul spent much of his time trying to reign in the carnal believers from the judgment of God which would come upon them. God’s first desire is to bless us (Garden of Eden) but our sinfulness moves Him to judge us. Would you rather have the blessings of uninterrupted fellowship with God or the constant gnawing of guilt as to the coming judgment brought about by your wandering from His holiness? Ask yourself, “Have I spoken with God about the movies I watch? What about the clothes I wear? The choices of entertainment I make?” When the world becomes the major influencer in these decisions know that you’re drifting from the safe harbor of holiness.