Summary: What we do reflects upon the nature that is within each of us!
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(Please note that portions of this sermon are from a sermon that was preached over Television by Bishop T. D. Jakes)
Pastor James May
DOING WHAT COMES NATURALLY
There are two natures found in man, one is the sin nature that we are born with and the other is the heavenly nature that we can only receive by being born again by the Holy Spirit.
One nature loves the things of the world and the other loves the things of God. What kind of nature do you have, worldly or Godly? That’s what we will determine this morning.
Let us examine the description that Peter gives of a man who has the nature of a natural brute beast. It is the nature and behavior of a man or woman who is controlled by sin and have not the nature of Christ.
2 Peter 2:9-14, "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed; they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
NOTE: The Holy Angels are represented as bringing accusation against the fallen angels but even they do not over exaggerate the evil of the fallen angels and treat them with dignity and respect before the Father in the courts of Heaven.
…But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you...
These un-regenerated people live among us, act as we do, put on a good front and often appear as a chosen vessel of God and yet they are not. They are a spot or a blemish upon the Kingdom of God and upon the church and bring a reproach upon the House of God. They are deceptive both to themselves and to those around them while they live and feast upon the Word of God among us but their nature does not allow the Word of God to take root and the seed soon dies.
…Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:”
The sad thing is that people who still have the sin nature and have not truly repented and given their life to Jesus completely cannot help but sin for it is their nature but they can put on a good front and fool many who are around them into believing that they are right with God and soon they can drag others down with them. Truly they are “cursed children” of the devil and they only desire to do the things that Satan desires.
2 Peter 17-22, “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever.
While they may appear on the outside to be real, what is inside is emptiness and dead. A well may be a welcome sight in the desert until you look in and there is no water there. A man or woman may appear to be a Christian but when you examine their life closely you will find that there is no God there and their heart is still black with sin.
People who don’t surrender everything to God are like a cloud that holds the rain and is driven by a storm. The rain can be helpful or it can be destructive depending upon how it is delivered. The rain falls away and the cloud is gone forever for it has emptied its existence upon the ground but what did its rain accomplish? Was it to water the crops or was it to drown people and cause destructive flooding?