it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you
that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery
with her in his heart.
We know the usual meaning that is taught from these verses, but I want us to look deeper into the thought behind the message. Jesus is giving to us a secret of how sin works so we can become aware of the hidden deceptions and overcome them. In these verses Jesus takes us to the root of that sin. The root of all sin—begins in our thoughts.
II Corinthians 10:4 & 5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not
carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments
(imaginations) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of
God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”
When we stop these thoughts right at the start by bringing them before Christ, and allowing His approval or disapproval, we won’t fulfill them. I loved how Kenneth E. Hagin said it, “You can’t stop a bird from flying overhead, but you don’t have to let them build a next in your hair.” My memory might not be exact, but it was close to those words. Thoughts will come and we can’t stop them from
coming—But we don’t have to allow those thoughts to take root. We can bring them before Christ, and He will filter out what is not good. As we grow and learn from Him, we will then be able to discern some for ourselves. So lets learn from the hidden knowledge and cut sin off before it takes root.
Father, help us to be wise about where and how sin comes so we can avoid it. Help us to see the need to depend on Jesus and learn from Him--He
is our Lord and Savior in all areas of our life. We must decrease and He must
increase. Thank you Lord. Amen.