The World’s Poison

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Contributed by Tim White, Next Gen Pastor of Image Church

If you were to run into a rattlesnake that bites you, but then you run away from it, does that mean you’re going to live?  NO!  If you don’t get the poison out of your blood quickly, you’re dead.  In this case, getting away from the rattlesnake is only half the battle.

Just like this snake, the world is full of deadly poison – poison that is continuously feeding the sin nature that we are born with.  We live a life at war, and the world we live in is our battlefield.  Everywhere you turn, you face the poisons of the world.  What are some of these poisons that we face and allow into our hearts?  You only need to ask yourself a few questions:

–  How much time do you spend watching TV?

–  What kind of television shows or movies are you watching?

–  What kind of music do you listen to?  (Do you think about what the lyrics are saying?)

–  What do you use the internet for?  (How much time do you spend online?)

–  What type of books or magazines do you read?

–  Has your phone become your lifeline?

These are just a few things to help get you thinking, but what it simply comes down to is this – how are you spending your time, and what are you taking in during that time?

Some of you expose yourselves to that kind of stuff, as well as other things, for hours on end each day.  You have become numb to it.  Some of you are stumbling around in the dark and don’t even know it.  Your senses are dead-ended.  Some of you are sleep-walking through life, not knowing when you’re at the edge of a cliff.  Others of you know that you are already at the edge.  You’re looking over, and know that something has to change in your life.  Some of you may be fully aware of the poisons that you are putting into yourself, but you are doing nothing to change it.

An alcoholic or a drug addict doesn’t necessarily know that they need to be cleansed, but they do need cleansing.  We as Christians live in a sinful world.  We love God, but we have poison in our system.  We all need a detox from the poisons of the world.  We have to do drastic things to purge our system of that poison, but just running from the source of the poison doesn’t cure us.  So what is the antidote needed to cure us from the deadly poisons of this world?

God has given us the antidote.  In 1 John 5:4-5, John writesFor everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Jesus defeated death when He rose from the tomb.  His shed blood on the cross washes us of our sins, and those who believe and have faith in Him also have defeated death and have been given eternal life.  The world continues to try to poison us and draw us away from Jesus.  But the Holy Spirit has been given to us, to help in our understanding of the Word and in detoxing us of the poison that we get from this world.

We have been given the antidote, and if you are a Christian, you have received it.  But the battle continues.  As the Holy Spirit fights to change your heart, Satan continues to try and feed your sin nature with the world’s poison.  With the help of the Holy Spirit who has been given to us by God’s grace, we can defend ourselves from Satan and the world’s poisons.

Satan uses three forms of temptations – lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life – to try and feed us the world’s poison.  Jesus faced and felt the full force of Satan’s temptations.  We read about this battle Jesus faced with Satan in Matthew 4:1-11.

1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 7Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” 11Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

Why did Jesus face Satan and all of his tricks?  Jesus (God), as human, faces the same temptations that we face today.  Here in this passage, we see that Jesus didn’t fall to the temptations.  He proved that He would not fall to sin.  He proved that He is stronger than Satan.  He proved that He is a faithful and merciful High Priest.  And, He gives His people an example of how to defend themselves from the poisonous temptations that Satan uses.  The tool that Jesus used was the Word…the same Word that we have today.

Jesus is the antidote that frees us from sin, the Holy Spirit changes our heart, and the Word defends us from Satan’s attacks.  So as a Christian, to be a changed person in this world, you need to rid your self of the world’s poison and constantly be ready for Satan’s attacks.  The only way for you to be ready is to run from the poisonous snake before it bites you.  You need to be running to God’s Word and praying for strength and understanding.  Most importantly, you need to rid yourself of the world’s poison that is preventing your heart from being changed to the likeness of God and living as a light for those who are still lost.

What changes do you need to make today?

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2 Responses to “The World’s Poison”

  1. Papa Dayee Says:

    I like it, good stuff. I know that my life can be alot easier when I allow Jesus to reign supreme. Jesus, our King, who is not elected but was born to be our king, the Son of God. I’m glad the youth has such a great leader in you. Take care bro.

  2. Stephanie Reis Says:

    Great word picture with the rattlesnake…really makes you think!

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