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Blindness that Makes You Crash

 

When you’ve driven as much as I have over the years, you know when it’s time to stop. I’ve been driving along at night, and suddenly I’m enveloped in this thick fog; usually in the mountains. Semis are pulled over to the side of the road, and they’re professional drivers. They know well enough not to go on. It’s definitely time to stop before I hit something. The same thing when I suddenly find myself in one of those driving rainstorms, or I’ve been in a snowstorm. You know, “whiteout” they call it. Those times when you literally can’t see a car length in front of you. It’s like you’re temporarily blind, and you’d better not keep pushing ahead.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Blindness that Makes You Crash.”

Fog can make you temporarily blind. So can rain or snow. And so can your hormones. Yeah, it’s happened even to King David, who God called “a man after God’s own heart.” David’s hormonal blindness, which led to so many devastating crashes, is described in one of the saddest chapters in the Bible. In 2 Samuel 11, beginning with verse 2, our word for today from the Word of God, the Bible says, “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her.” Right about here, you feel like screaming at the Bible, “David, don’t do it, man!”

But he did do it. “The man said, ‘Isn’t this Bathsheba…the wife of Uriah the Hittite?'” Uriah, by the way, was one of David’s most trusted, most loyal soldiers. The Bible goes on: “Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.” Here’s David – God’s man, God’s king, but his sexual desires started pumping, and he followed them all the way to disaster. From these few moments of sexual pleasure will come a baby who dies, David’s murder of his loyal associate to cover up his sin, rape and incest and even an attempt to overthrow him among his own children, and an agony of soul that David could never have imagined that night.

That’s what’s so dangerous about lust, sexual fantasies, about pornography, about flirting with sexual sin – your hormones blind you, just like they did David. You let your lust keep pulling you toward a crash, and it makes you blind to so many things you can’t afford to forget: the consequences, what you stand to lose, who you’re going to hurt, the agony of a broken relationship with God. But you don’t care much about all that; you just care about satisfying your sexual desires, following your passions, meeting your needs.

But God has sent you this way today to send you a wake-up call. Please, consider where your passions and your desires are taking you. Count the cost. Think about all you have to lose if you keep driving down this road. Think about the price that you will pay in your soul – may be the price you’re already paying. Think about the hurt this will cause. And don’t make the deadly mistake that millions of people have made, underestimating the power of sin and overestimating your power to control it.

Sexual desire is blinding. It can blind you like a thick fog. Please, don’t keep going this way. Pullover now and stop before you crash!

 

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I Make All Things New

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In Rev 21:5, the Lord said, Behold, I make all things new.  The Lord created everything. But because of sin and corruption, in time, He will have to make all things new. The Bible shows us some of the most important things that the Lord makes new. The Lord makes:

A new covenant – Heb 8:6-13 – in Ex 19:5, the Lord announced that He was going to make a covenant with Israel. In Ex 20, He spoke the ten commandments, the main part of this covenant, which is what we commonly call, “the law.” But as we know from reading the Old Testament and from Heb 8, Israel couldn’t keep this covenant. So, God made a new covenant with them in Jer 31:31-34, which Paul repeated in Heb 8. By making this new covenant, He made the first covenant old.

Paul said that the first covenant decayed and waxed old and is ready to vanish away. After all, once the Lord puts His laws in their mind and writes them in their heart, and all shall know Him from the least to the greatest, there is no need for the old covenant. The new covenant accomplishes all that the old covenant could not do. Notice that when the new covenant goes into effect, the old covenant vanishes away. Once God makes the new covenant with Israel, there is no need for the old.

New heavens and new earth – 2 Pet 3:10-13 – after the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, the heavens shall pass away, Rev 21:1. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away,” Matt 24:35. John said, “the world passeth away,” 1 Jn 2:17. Peter said, “all these things shall be dissolved.” The heavens will be on fire and shall dissolve and the elements will melt with fervent heat. And God will make new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. Notice, that when the Lord makes new heavens and a new earth, the old pass away. There is no need for the old.

A new creature – 2 Cor 5:17 – Paul wrote, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.” Notice how Paul says, “old things are passed away.” That’s just like the old covenant vanishing away and the heavens, the earth, and the world passing away. There is no more need for them and there is no more need for the old things.

Paul said, “put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,” Eph 4:22. God doesn’t need him, and you don’t need him anymore, either. You just need to let him pass away. Rom 8:13 says, “if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.”

Instead, we are to “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Eph 4:24.  Col 3:10 says, “put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.”  Unlike the corruption and deceitful lusts of the old man, the new man is created in righteousness, true holiness, and knowledge after the image of Jesus Christ.

In many respects, our lives are like an HGTV renovation. The Lord found us when we were like an old house in need of a total renovation. The Lord saw what we could look like. So, He bought us at a price. And did a big demolition. The old stuff passed away. And then He began a remodel. Each period of time that has passed has revealed more and more of what our house is going to look like. We can see so many improvements. In time, He is going to finish and we are going to be in a totally new house with no evidence of the old home at all. We are going to be just like Christ.

Just remember that when God makes a thing new, the old passes away, and the new remains. You are not or should not be anything like you was before. Let God change everything about you. Put on the new and put off the old. The old has passed away. Don’t even reflect on what it used to be like. Just let it pass away. You’re a new creature in Christ today. And your Savior said, “I make all things new.”

 

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Looking at the world through a child’s innocent eyes, without prejudice or judgment, just love – Pierre Mallien