~ Chapter 3 ~
The Allurements to a Disciple
“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24). Crucified? That’s right. This is a clear identification marker for a disciple, one whose fleshly appetites are daily annihilated (1 Corinthians 15:31), thus showcasing the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9). Such a lifestyle is to be the norm for a disciple. However, there is a problem, not primarily with the flesh, but more so with the choice to deny its gratifications. Since the beginning of creation, there has been a constant spiritual war towards the people of God (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 6:12). The target zone for the enemy’s attack is your flesh, that is, your carnal, sinful desires within your heart and mind. As a born-again believer, it results in a tug-of-war between the indwelling Holy Spirit and your inborn fleshly indulgences (Galatians 5: 16-17). It is this spiritual, satanic war against you that, like a shiny lure to a fish, the devil plots, attracts, and then entraps by his allurements. It is a lifetime battle of choice.
When disciples give in to these fleshly desires, hypocrisy is born. Unbelievers see professing Christians living double-lives, broadcasting double-standards, and therefore they push aside a relationship with Jesus. Disciples are the salt of the earth, the light of the world. Yet, obeying fleshly lusts instead of the Holy Spirit will cause the salt to lose its flavor (Matthew 5:13) and the light to be hidden (2 Corinthians 4: 3-4). The result is a contaminated witness for Christ! The following ten teachings are more of Jesus’ commands that pin-point these allurements to a disciple by way of exposure. Disciples must learn how to be “watchmen” and discern the crafty ways Satan seeks to entrap them. Remember, you have a choice to make, not just “flesh” to restrain. Obey the Lord Jesus.