180 BT # 3 – Big Problem = Huge Solution – blog
Sometimes what it takes to solve a problem tells you how big the problem really is. For example, in 2019 the US Federal Budget has allocated to the National Cancer Institute $5.74 Billion dollars for cancer research. (https://www.cancer.gov/about-nci/budget#current-year). That is for one year. Cancer is a big problem.
World War II was a big problem. An estimated 70 – 85 million people died in that war. The solution – atomic bombs. In Nagasaki, about 75,000 people were killed instantly. The heat of the blast simply caused their bodies to vanish. Big problems require big solutions and when it comes to human problems and finding human solutions … hard choices have to be made.
So, how big a problem is sin? Not globally … that would be uncalculatable. But your sin. The sinful choices that we all choose to make whether sexual or otherwise almost daily. How big a problem is it to live the Christian life in this fallen world? How big a problem is it that we are in a battle not with flesh and blood but with demonic forces? Well, look at the solution.
In Ephesians 1 we find these words;
“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit …”
In 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 we read this …
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
Sexual sin is such a huge problem that part of the solution is God the Spirit has entered your own body and is there to help you. This a something that is really hard to fathom and almost impossible to grasp. But think about it with me. During the creation of the heavens and the earth, before there was light, the Spirit was there “hovering over the waters.”
God spoke and said;
“Let there be light, and there was light.”
Where there were darkness and chaos on a universal scale, we read that the Spirit was there hovering over the waters. The word “hovering” there is the word used for brooding, like when a mother hen is brooding over her eggs.
Now, this begs the question;
If the Spirit of God can hover over the darkness and chaos that existed before God spoke creation into being, don’t you think He is big enough to solve the problems of darkness and chaos in your own life?
Our problem with sexual sin is global … in its width and almost bottomless in its depth. The flesh within us, which has been with us every day of our lives, is powerful and deceitful and craves the lusts of the flesh. In our world, sexual sin has depths of depravity to the extent that young children and even babies are sold and used for sex. And Lucifer was one of the most powerful angels God ever created and is now the father of lies and prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.
The solution? God the Holy Spirit indwells you. The third member of the almighty and all-powerful Trinity dwells inside of your body!!! Jesus told his disciples that it was BETTER that He goes away so that He would send The Spirit who would not only be with them … He would be in them and in them forever.
You need to know this. We need to understand this. We have God available to us and dwelling inside of us every day and yet that thought remains as underused as the family Bible gathering dust on the shelf.
We get up a little late after hitting the snooze button knowing exactly how many minutes it will take us to get to work. We ignore our need for offering our bodies to God as living sacrifices as we are commanded to do in Romans 12:1. We munch on a pop tart, sip bad coffee, and fight through rush hour to be at work on time neglecting our need for worship, spiritual food, and daily surrender to God.
We casually stroll onto the battlefield of another day thinking everything is fine. Entering into enemy territory in our pajamas and slippers, not even thinking about our enemy, our battle and the darkness of our world.
Are you ignoring the very solution God has given you in order to have even a chance against this world, your flesh, and this devil?
Memorize this … Galatians 5:16;
“So, I say, walk by means of the Spirit,
and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Have you asked Him to fill you today? Have you asked Him to enable and empower you today so that you will not go back to the garbage of sexual sin? If not … expect a fall. Expect the enemy to shoot you in the head. Expect to walk in darkness instead of the light.
Father, thank you for your faithfulness and patience with me. Fill me with the Spirit and may He enable and empower me to walk in the Spirit and to NOT fulfill the desires of my flesh. I offer you my body today and I put on the full armor of God so that I might stand in the strength of your might and walk in holiness.