14 And that which fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.2
|1 John 2:15|
15 Do not love the world or the things that are by the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [Do not love what the system of the world and man has invented: clothing, food sensations, sports, pleasures, toys, gadgets, customs, traditions, entertainments, pastimes, etc. Use the things of the world as though not absorbed by them and with indifference. 1 Cor 7:31. From the Word of the Lord within: "Everyone should put away what they are doing for the sake of righteousness. You must stand apart from this fast paced world; you can't be in it."]
5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been unrestrained; you have fattened your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man;3 he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
3 For we ourselves were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving many lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. [You are still serving your lusts and pleasures until your selfish spirit, carnal mind, and evil imagination have been crucified, (destroyed by the Spirit), when you receive the mind of Christ and new life, the newly created nature of true righteousness and holiness of Christ.]
|1 Timothy 5:6|
6 But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.
|Galatians 5:24 |
24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections].6 [After your sinful nature has been put to death on the inward cross of self-denial, then you belong to Christ as you walk in love, following the Spirit, fulfilling the law; and then you receive an imputed righteousness. Having suffered on the cross, you no longer live the rest of your time in the lusts of men, but you live to the will of God, 1 Pet 4:1-2; which is to be obediently led and guided by the Spirit in thoughts, words, and deeds. From the Word of the Lord within: "The purpose of this website is to teach you how to carry your cross."]