The Bible admonishes us to “Make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” In other words we are told to not put forethought, or arrange, to fulfill lusts. We are told to not plan on indulging the flesh or give it opportunity. After all isn’t this what spiritual warfare is all about? Paul told us in Galatians to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” In Philippians he told us what to think about. He said to think on those things that were true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent and praiseworthy. In Colossians he tells us to set our thoughts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Our life is now hidden with Christ in God. This advice will go a long way to protect us from making provision for fleshly lusts.
King David was said to be a man after God’s own heart. In Psalm 101:2-3 we discover one of the keys to David’s life lived for God. He says “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart (integrity of my heart). I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes”… David knew that God saw what was in a man’s heart even when no one else was present. He determined to walk in integrity. Walking in integrity truly is how we behave when no one is watching isn’t it? I’m not sure what the “wicked things” were that David spoke of but in our day and age we have plenty. I mean have you watched T.V. or looked on the internet lately? I’m not here to tell you to not watch T.V. or use the internet, but boy how there are plenty of opportunities for the flesh to be found in the average home of today!
God wants us whole. The very word integrity tells us this, because it comes from the word “integer” which is a math term meaning complete or whole. If we are giving our flesh opportunities to get us into compromising situations our hearts become divided, hence we are not whole or complete. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus had some pretty strong advice about this same matter set in the context of committing adultery. He said “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” Now that is some pretty harsh treatment isn’t it? Of course Jesus was giving an illustration of what we would have to do if we had to make ourselves right under the law. Truly the cutting off of a hand or plucking out of an eye would never stop the lusting because lust is more than an outward thing; it’s a heart issue at root. Jesus knew this, but he was demonstrating the immense seriousness of the offense. He was also speaking to a group of people that were still under the delusion that they could keep the law of God and make themselves righteous. They had to be driven to the end of their own independence before they would cry out for deliverance; just like us.
Ultimately what I wanted to show here is how this thing we call Christianity is something that requires us to be more intentional. Especially as men we have to be more vigilant about what we listen to and look at so we don’t give the devil a foothold and opportunity through our flesh.
Written by Louie