Pastor Bart Bornhorst discusses one of two opposing attitudes that can grow out of human nature, rooted in the two trees of Genesis 2:9, in this first of a two-part sermon.
God gave us the options of two trees.
There was two options. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was the get way of life. The tree of life is the give way of life.
Are we eating of the tree of life daily? We have a choice before us. We need to have a complete understanding of the get way of life.
We have to deal with human nature and we share in these traits that guide us on how we feel and act.
Our human nature has very specific traits.
Our human nature provides and protects us naturally.
Our human nature naturally satisfies ourselves. If we are overworked and are tired, we lie down. If we are hungry, we satisfy ourselves.
Our human nature naturally seeks the easy route in life. We don’t automatically think what is the hardest thing I can do today.
Human nature brings pleasure and comfort to us. All of the things were given to mankind at creation. They flow from us naturally.
We have to manually control these traits of our human nature. If we don’t manage them, it will control us. As good as these things are, our human nature can exploit these traits.
We can go out and pursue nothing but the easy way of life. That is not what God intended. We are not to be lazy and take the easy route.
Our human nature will naturally exalt ourselves. It will exalt you over others. When any of these traits get out of control, they control us.
Human nature will make us a god above the true God. Anytime we do something against God’s laws, that is putting ourselves above God.
Adultery comes from that natural desire for pleasure.
Some religions teach there should be no pleasure in marriage. We are to have pleasure, but we need to rule over it.
Idolatry puts us our needs before God. Things we think of as small sin can grow into something much bigger. We need to manage this part of our human nature.
Satan magnifies these things in our life. But, it starts with us not managing from the beginning. If we don’t manage them, we won’t have a place in God’s Kingdom. Who we are as a person is built every day from our decisions.
Everyone is different based on our life experiences.
Matthew 5:20 Matthew 5:20For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
American King James Version×→ Pointing to the scribes and Pharisees who considered themselves very pious. Christ saw through to their inner heart.
We need to manage how we are at home. If we go home and put God aside. God knows if our righteousness is superficial.
Matthew 23:23 Matthew 23:23Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
American King James Version×
Human nature is satisfying our indulgences. We have to work so that we are converted to the point of the death of us as a person.
God says it is just as bad to hate one another as it is to kill. How many of us as let our human nature to come out and project our nature.
All of this from our uncontrolled human nature.
Mark 7:18-23 Mark 7:18-23  And he said to them, Are you so without understanding also? Do you not perceive, that whatever thing from without enters into the man, it cannot defile him;
 Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats?
 And he said, That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man.
 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
American King James Version×
It was comes from inside is that what defiles us. From within comes evil thoughts.
Our nature doesn’t want to submit to others, especially God and His Law.
Romans 1:18 Romans 1:18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
American King James Version×→ God will not put up with the disobedience of men.
All of sin comes from the lusts from our hearts.
What are we to do with our human nature?
We are to recognize the power of human nature in our lives. Especially if it causes us to compromise God’s way of life. We can get to a point where we don’t recognize the evil.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 Jeremiah 17:9-10  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
American King James Version×→ The heart is deceitful above all things.
Ephesians 4:23-24 Ephesians 4:23-24  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
 And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
American King James Version×→ The the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes.
Put on your new nature to be like God. God’s spirits is supposed to control and manage our human spirit.
God want us to let our spirit control our lives.
Be a peacemaker and let God be your defense. Our human nature is just a factory of sin and sin just satisfies yourself. We are slaves to sin before baptism.
We need to be dead to sin, but alive to God.
Is human nature just evil. Those same traits that lead us in an evil direction can also guide us in a positive way.
That natural desire to protect. There is also good in the world, we people that help each other...
God does not want any evil in His Kingdom. He only wants purity. We need to focus on eating from that tree of life every day.
Genesis 2:9 Genesis 2:9And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the middle of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
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If we live according to the flesh, we will die. We must keep that old man buried at Baptism.