All down through the centuries, mankind has tried to control temptations with rules and list of do’s and don’ts. The Law of God was given to Moses to prove that by our own determination or strength we cannot perfectly keep any law, especially for making ourselves just before a holy God.
This was a point and question that Paul put before the Colossian believers. “If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations? “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings. These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh” (Colossians 2:20–23).
WHAT IS THE ANSWER? How can we who know what pleases God and what does not? How can we stay away from temptations that violate our relationship with God and blur His image in our lives? Paul gives us God’s wisdom that answers that question.
“If [since] then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (3:1–3).
Because most of us do not see ourselves as dead with Christ and raised with Him, our “seeking and setting” is weak. In addition, we hush the voice of the Spirit in us (1 Thessalonians 5:19). If this is not your attitude as a Christian, I ask you to get on your knees in repentance and seek the power of the Spirit to work in affirming your place in Christ; alive in Him and seeking His things. His things never bring temptation. They bring joy and delight (Psalm 119:35; Jeremiah 15:16).
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