Spiritual Adultery (Part 2)


There are some Christians that seem to always be in and out. Their walk with Christ is similar to a merry-go-round: always moving but never getting anywhere. Does this describe you or someone you know? Sure enough, spiritual adultery is the reason for their unstable behavior. God commands that we love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (see Deut. 6:5 and Matt. 22:37). To love God any less will lead to a wandering heart. If or when we find ourselves in this place, we must “root it out” of our hearts. In other words, we must seek within ourselves until we come to the root of the problem and destroy that root so that it will never grow again.

So, what is at the root of spiritual adultery?

In yesterday’s post, we discussed James 4:4 and Jeremiah 9:2-7. If we have become friends with the world, James calls us adulterers and adultresses. In Jeremiah 9, we were able to get a description of adulterous followers of God. Jeremiah further identifies the root of spiritual adultery by pointing out that Israel had continually “walked after the imagination of their own hearts” (Jeremiah 9:14). In other words, whatever they felt like doing, whatever they thought to do, that they did. They followed after their hearts instead of following after God.

This is the way of the world. “Whatever makes you feel good, do it.” “Follow your heart.” There is, however, one problem with this: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked…” (Jeremiah 17:9). When we find ourselves continually drifting and wandering from the path of righteousness, it is clear that we have a wandering heart. Quite simply, discontentment causes our hearts to drift. For if we were satisfied with God alone, we would have no reason to wander.

Instead of following our hearts, we must teach ourselves to choose to follow God and His Word alone. Unlike Old Testament saints, we have a Helper who is able to keep us. Being led by the Holy Spirit, we can defend our hearts against the vanities of this life. We cannot trust our heart: it will lead us astray every time. Therefore, let us be conscious to acknowledge God and allow Him alone to direct our plans and our paths.

One response to “Spiritual Adultery (Part 2)

  • sisterdot56

    Psalm 27 (NKJV)

    27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    Whom shall I fear?
    The Lord is the strength of my life;
    Of whom shall I be afraid?
    2 When the wicked came against me
    To eat up my flesh,
    My enemies and foes,
    They stumbled and fell.
    3 Though an army may encamp against me,
    My heart shall not fear;
    Though war may rise against me,
    In this I will be confident.

    4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
    That will I seek:
    That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    All the days of my life,
    To behold the beauty of the Lord,
    And to inquire in His temple.
    5 For in the time of trouble
    He shall hide me in His pavilion;
    In the secret place of His tabernacle
    He shall hide me;
    He shall set me high upon a rock.

    6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
    Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
    I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

    7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
    Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
    8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
    My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
    9 Do not hide Your face from me;
    Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
    You have been my help;
    Do not leave me nor forsake me,
    O God of my salvation.
    10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
    Then the Lord will take care of me.

    11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
    And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
    12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
    For false witnesses have risen against me,
    And such as breathe out violence.
    13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
    That I would see the goodness of the Lord
    In the land of the living.

    14 Wait on the Lord;
    Be of good courage,
    And He shall strengthen your heart;
    Wait, I say, on the Lord

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