If your accustom to thinking man is not capable of overcoming his fallen state without God’s help, then you’ve just taken the first step of resisting it with this careful outlook. If so, then it would be the wording of the title alone that poses discomfort.
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. (Romans 6:19)
Press on where?:
“be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble” (I Peter 1:10)
For it, this “sin nature” has always been in full hiding even when on limited display.
When at last it finds a host who is either willing to raise its flag and voice its right to freedom in full defiance to God’s will, or simply lacks vigilance, the invitation grows louder as we move away from the Christian’s life in the Spirit.. As others struggle, hear and join the campaign either openly, or quietly begin a local chapter of sin, scoffing along the way at any hint of the guards of safety.
If it endures over time from being found out by critique, the chapter grows into greater sin finding variations of it in outlying areas to merge and spreading occurs till we can safely concur we now have a common purpose who deliberately and openly will say with pride from a self-willed humanist’s spirit – it’s the ‘we prefer sin’ crowd. Add a generation or two to this festering and you have a culture so-called “enlightened”, indoctrinated and some of these I might add being self-absorbed Church-goers yet on the brink of walking into the “last days” portrait:
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Yes, the Bible has shown mankind has failed in an assortment of ways. Going back before Calvary, the OT men of faith well blessed of God didn’t always show themselves as shining examples such as strike the rock Moses and the extra-extramarital affair of David. It’s no surprise why these instances are also drawn upon in error by the sin culture to create a mode of discrepancy within the Bible and try to secure this negative for their advantage. For as the record states:
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.
They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one. (Psalm 14:2, 3)
While all people throughout history have had to deal with the sin nature, there were people of faith who did determine to take the matter to task. I suppose it is that first real mark of coming into and accept being an adult, when we see a hard choice that has just gotten worse and too close to ignore any longer till we finally say as the prodigal son did to reason within and drag ourselves up repeatedly, consistently till a pattern emerges and established by confession and prayer.
Job you recall received God’s open report of praise to his accuser (the devil) for our benefit to be inspired into patience when things get bad.
With Job we know:
God’s assessment of Job: “For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” (Job 1:8)
The limits of Job’s character in fending off disappointment/depression
The limits of Job knowledge
God gave such detail to such exacting accuracy so it would leave no question to what can be expected. Another blessed of God also had a little of the same to contribute such as Elijah.
With Elijah we know:
God’s approval confirmed: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.” (James 5:17)
The Limits of Elijah’s character in fending off disappointment/depression
The limits of Elijah’s knowledge
The Bible invites us to understand with little to question on these so highly regarded by God, to understand the limits of these men and their approach to Him. One thing they were mutually equipped with, an unwillingness to cave, consider or give place to their goal in mind. They all seemed to bear the same fruit of expressing this. Remember, they were still like us, and had their own culture of corruption in plenty to be influenced by. I suppose the similarities might surprise us if we knew them, yet shock us if we knew where and how some religious types are to wind up
“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24)
"I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John” (Luke 7:28)
“I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
What’s also interesting here to me is among these standouts is what they held in common determination, they all voiced themselves strongly. The Lord gave John the Baptist the highest approval of that time, and I suppose that would have also included greatness over Enoch as well. But since God took him, do you the reader have anything solid to retain from Enoch’s appearance in the scriptures? Was it not enough what was detailed of him being a prophet? Was it not fair enough to withhold understanding of a man who knew how to walk “with God”? It may have been just that intimate, or God’s meekness, or for our sake not to be straddled with expectations to follow.
In reality, it could be we have more details than all the OT standouts, possibly our very own NT Enoch – The Apostle Paul.
“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:1)