Jesus said,” the Kingdom is like a seed that was planted and turned into a great tree (Matt 13:31). The promises of God sometimes don’t happen over night. Instead, it takes patiently cultivating that seed until fruit comes. We live in a world and a culture of “NOW”. This is how the world operates, I desire it now… I want it now… I’ll go outside of God’s will and GET it now! Paul tells us to not be like the culture, but to think and act differently (Rom 12:2). You are either changing your culture or the culture is changing you. John lays out the culture of the world simply in 1 John 2:15. The world is the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. All of these sins scream, “NOW”. These three sins are the things we must overcome in a “NOW” Culture.
1. Lust of the eyes
Immorality, adultery, and infidelity are at the highest rate the world has ever seen. Why? When we don’t listen to God’s blue print for purity and marriage then we find ourselves never satisfied and suffer the consequences of a broken life. 1 Corinthians 6 tells us that sex is more than just a physical thing, but spiritual as well. It belongs to one man and one woman, where they become one spiritually and physically. Paul continues to say that when we break this covenant, we become lonelier than ever and violate our temple (our body). Solomon instructs in Proverbs 5:7-14, to not go near the adulterous or fornicator, because it will steal everything from you and you’ll live in anguish and regret. The only way to combat the lust of the eyes is to receive the love of the Father. Like Jesus told the adulterous woman caught in the act of adultery, “Where are your accusers? Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”
2. Lust of the flesh
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:23.
As humans, we have a tendency to want a “good” thing outside of God’s timing, and consequently abort the blessing God is wanting to give us. For example, there is nothing wrong with having nice things, but if we become unwise and buy things out of our price range and come into debt, then we set ourselves up for failure. Remember, you’re not rich when you’re in debt.
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” Proverbs 22:7 ESV
If you can’t afford it, then wait to get it. Allow God to put discipline in you to wait.
3. Pride of life
Making life-changing, big decisions without going to God or getting council, is asking for brokenness.
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:6-10 NKJV
Remember, God has also put people in your life that have gone further than you, in order to give you the correct council. Those who listen, will find that God will lift them up. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Proverbs reiterates over and over that there is safety in the multitude of counselors. Quit making dumb decisions, and go to God and other Godly influences for counsel.
Let’s change the way we are thinking, repent, and learn from God so that we can operate in the kingdom instead of the world.