Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

Thursday, May 15, 2014

You Are Not Your Own!

You are not your own! For you are bought with a  price therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Your eyes are not your own-that you may feed your lusts, that you may go about gaping, and gazing, and looking into every shop window to see the fashions of the day-learn the prevailing pride of life and thus lay up food for your vain mind either in coveting what must be unfitting to your profession or applying your money to an improper use or being disappointed because you cannot afford to buy it.

Your ears are not your own-that you may listen to every foolish tale-drink in every political, worldly, or carnal report which may fall upon them and thus feed that natural desire for news, gossip, and even slander which is the very element of the carnal mind.

Your tongue is not your own-that you may speak what you please, and blurt out whatever passes in the chambers of your heart, without check or fear.

Your hands are not your own-that you may use them as implements of evil or employ them in any other way than to earn with them an honest livelihood. Our hands were not given us for sin but for godly uses.

Your feet are not your own-that you may walk in the ways of the world or that they should carry you to haunts where all around you are engaged upon errands of vanity and sin.

All must be held according to the disposal of God, and under a sense of our obligations to Him.

But perhaps you will say, in the rebellion of your carnal mind, What restraint all this lays upon us. Cannot we look with our eyes as we like-hear with our ears as we please-and speak with our tongues as we choose?

Will you so narrow our path that we are to have nothing of our own-not even our time or money, our body or soul?

Surely we may have a little enjoyment now and then a little recreation, a little holiday sometimes, a little relaxation from being always so strict and so religious-a little feeding of our carnal mind which cannot bear all this restraint?

Well, but what will you bring upon yourself by the roving eye, the foolish tongue, the loose hand, the straying foot?

Darkness, bondage, guilt, misery, death!

But, you say, "we are not to be tied up so tightly as all this! We have gospel liberty, but you will not allow us even that!

Yes, blessed be God, there is gospel liberty, for there is no real happiness in religion without it; but not liberty to sin, not liberty to gratify the lusts of the flesh, not liberty to act contrary to the gospel we profess, and the precepts of God's Word-for this is not liberty but licentiousness.

You are not your own! For you are bought with a price-therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1Co 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

~J. C. Philpot~

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