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“Perversion” from English to Hebrew is translated, ” סְטִיָה “. Translate that same Hebrew word back to English with google translator and you’ll find, “Deviation“. When I’ve deviated from the truth of my nature as God made me, becomes a disease. Genesis 3 is where I found the reason for an inherent deviation in my nature; having a desire for perversion. “Why-How”, I’d ask myself. I mean, “I know that it’s wrong”. It is so “attractive” to have a “secret” that connects me to this other person or to have knowledge by an experience no one else has. In speaking with a brother just last night about this disease… confessed one to another certain thoughts and matters of the heart that if acted upon would cause destruction. You’ve been breached with a lie. God in His mercy and amazing grace gave my brother a name to identify this disease.
When you look at this photo, what do you see? It’s intense and deep, Right! Well…
It’s me “breaking wind”, it smells real bad! (That’s how to identify this disease) Ju…st kidding! Really though. Reader, whenever you look at your life and see what is spiritually wrong. Will be given a choice in that moment of whether you’ll continue or listen. Just as I wrote in the previous blog, “there is an escape”! I pray you’ll believe me. It is a moment by moment daily struggle and spiritual war that we face. You are not alone. There are innumerable thought patterns that flood our system with desired responses. The art of a right response will begin and form within ourselves by aligning to the true nature of a Holy God. This is why meditating on the Word of God is vital! After having a blessed time with my brother in Christ last night, at Napoli’s Italian restaurant, am convinced that the Hebrew language is a spiritual one. And, this western language of English is a worldly one. When I close my eyes to examine myself, see what the nature of sin has cause me to know and understand. And… it’s painful. I’m broken. But also see how I’m being restored through faithfully abiding in the Word of God with my brother’s, sister’s, mother’s and father’s… in Christ.
11 Prescribe and teach these things. 12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. (1 Timothy 4)
Perversion breached the threshold of what God saw to be good. All creation was initially created as good because God is good. A spiritually evil agenda manifested through the tongue of a serpent. How can what was evil breach that which is good? The answer I’ve discovered is, “choice”. Although I myself am governed to live with the choices I’ve made did not choose to have this life. It was given by nature of design. Recognizing this has saved me from death, to commit suicide. Yah.. I’ve thought of myself being taller with muscles to spare and intellect not compared, but to what gain? I’m thankful to have life born in Eternity with God than a life breached by a threshold to sin. Confess yourself to God. I love you.