But I Fear…

by Benjamin Burks on July 6, 2011 · 0 comments

2 Corinthians 11:1-3, “Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. (2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

On Monday, our Nation celebrated 235 years of freedom. On Tuesday, I celebrated 35 years of freedom in Christ. I want the grace of God to always be working in my life for the desire and power to serve Him faithfully. I want to heed the great apostle Paul’s words. When he says, “I am afraid of something,” then I’d better take note…

Paul explains the circumstances he had endured in his lifetime in 2 Corinthians 11:23-27. He had received 40 stripes, save one, on five difference occasions. Prison was frequently visited by Paul, and in most cases included a near death experience. Three times he was beaten with rods and shipwrecked. In one of those instances, he was in the deep one day and one night. He concludes with being stoned, and all the perils that go with robbery and dwelling in a wilderness. This includes such things as hunger, thirst, pain, weariness, cold, and nakedness. To think about the writer of this phrase, “but I fear”, would make someone sit up and pay attention, particularly if you knew his past dangers, toils, and snares.

Mind
Paul said he was afraid of his mind being corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. The mind is where a person does his reasoning. A man is what he thinks all day long. We have all heard the old adage, “Sow thought reap a deed. Sow deed reap habit. Sow habit reap a character. Sow character reap life. Sow life reap destiny.” Fifteen college professors recently met to reduce to only a few sentences the way change takes place in a human being. The summery was given as 4 sentences. 1) What the mind attends to, it considers. 2) What the mind does not attend to, it dismisses. 3) What the mind attends to continuously, it believes. 4) What the mind believes, it does. Ephesians 4:17 tells us to not walk as the heathen; empty minded when it comes to the things of Christ. Blindness of the heart always leads to destruction.

Corrupted
The word corrupted means to spoil, shrivel, or waste. We read that Eve was deceived by the trickery of the devil. Why is it that some people go headlong, right into deep waters when we are confident that they know better? Debbie Boone used to sing, “It can’t be so wrong if it feels so right.” Yes, it can! Recently I was helping a person make a proper decision and their statement was that it is not illegal. To that reply I said there are a lot of things not illegal that are sinful. How does one come to such reasoning? It is because their mind gets corrupted. There is so much available in the world (and unfortunately, in some churches) that can corrupt a person’s mind.

Simplicity
The word simplicity means single mindedness. One that is walking in the simplicity that is in Christ is one that has a singular focus of the risen Christ living through him. A mind that is corrupt is one that gets away from the single focus to glorify God and exchanges it for works that glorify him. It is when someone goes from realizing that Christ is the only one that is essential, to believing that we are essential. My Pastor reminded us recently that none of us are essential; Christ is the only one that is essential. We are all replaceable, He is irreplaceable.

Paul, what is it that you are afraid of? I would imagine you would wait to hear what would proceed out of his mouth. When he does speak he says, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Paul was afraid of his mind following a path that would lead him to doubt, denial or deception concerning His life in Christ.Satan often appears as light, like a good thing, and then the snare begins to entrap our mind. O, I want my mind to continuously to dwell on Him! There is much clamoring for our minds, but no greater joy is available than one who acknowledges Him in all our way, for it is then that He will direct our paths.

Amazing Grace
… John Newton

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

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