September 15: What To Renounce

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September 15: What To Renounce

Postby Wesley » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:24 am

We have renounced the hidden things of shame… —2 Corinthians 4:2

Have you “renounced the hidden things of shame” in your life— the things that your sense of honor or pride will not allow to come into the light? You can easily hide them. Is there a thought in your heart about anyone that you would not like to be brought into the light? Then renounce it as soon as it comes to mind— renounce everything in its entirety until there is no hidden dishonesty or craftiness about you at all. Envy, jealousy, and strife don’t necessarily arise from your old nature of sin, but from the flesh which was used for these kinds of things in the past (see Romans 6:19 and 1 Peter 4:1-3). You must maintain continual watchfulness so that nothing arises in your life that would cause you shame.

“…not walking in craftiness…” (2 Corinthians 4:2). This means not resorting to something simply to make your own point. This is a terrible trap. You know that God will allow you to work in only one way— the way of truth. Then be careful never to catch people through the other way— the way of deceit. If you act deceitfully, God’s blight and ruin will be upon you. What may be craftiness for you, may not be for others— God has called you to a higher standard. Never dull your sense of being your utmost for His highest— your best for His glory. For you, doing certain things would mean craftiness coming into your life for a purpose other than what is the highest and best, and it would dull the motivation that God has given you. Many people have turned back because they are afraid to look at things from God’s perspective. The greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs he has already accepted.
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Re: September 15: What To Renounce

Postby Wesley » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:28 am

An interesting mixed bag.

Envy, jealousy, and strife don’t necessarily arise from your old nature of sin, but from the flesh which was used for these kinds of things in the past (see Romans 6:19 and 1 Peter 4:1-3).

I don't see the supposed difference there between "the old nature of sin" and a present tense flesh. Seems an odd distinction that I can't actually find.


Many people have turned back because they are afraid to look at things from God’s perspective.

Oh wow. I know a lot of people for whom that is true. And it would also include me at times. Hopefully not too many times though. :shock: Although, part of the reason that some turn back is because it can be just nigh of impossible to break free from an interpretation of scriptures that is wrong, and was taught to you very convincingly by people who were abusers. So you shy away from certain parts of the Bible because you feel convinced that it will condemn you for not wanting to be hurt like you were in the past... or maybe are currently being hurt.

The greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs he has already accepted.

Goodness, that kind of crisis is one that I don't think many people actually feel too much because at even the faintest hint of that, people tend to bolt.
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