For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:13)
Matthew informs us that the Lord is ready to baptize us with the fire of Divine judgment, laying the axe to the root of the tree, removing all chaff from the threshing floor of our personality.
Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:12)
Then the Lord’s wrath will be turned away from us.
And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the Lord turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day. (Joshua 7:26)
Now we are ready to proceed to the next victory.
And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: (Joshua 8:1)
We do not receive such comfort and assurance of victory from the Lord until His wrath has been turned away from us.
And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. (Isaiah 12:1)
We turn away the Lord’s anger when we specifically confess our sins as they are revealed to us. We repent of them diligently and put them to death by resolving with steel-like determination never, never, never to do such a thing again!
Then the Lord is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, through the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The Divine fire of God’s judgment burns the idol, assigning it to the Lake of Fire where those who refuse to turn away from it will be in torment forever. In our mind we are to pile a great heap of stones over the sin, realizing that this particular part of our personality has suffered the eternal judgment of God.
As the process of judgment takes place the Lord comforts us and our fellowship with the Father is continually strengthened.
We never are completely delivered from sin until we come against it with the fierce determination of Israel against Achan. The sin and all the members of its family must be put to death and burned without mercy. Only then are we set free.
Individuals may refer to the various “foods” we are mentioning as harmless, innocent pastimes that the average person pursues whether or not her or she is a believer. They may keep on partaking of the delights of the demons. If they continue to resist godly counsel they will face an angry Christ who demands to know how they spent their allotted days on the earth.
But you and I will flee from such “foolish virgins” because we are seeking the city that has foundations—seeking it with all the strength of our personality, night and day, seven days a week until we die. We shall work the works of God until we pass on to the next world so that our work and our life on earth cease at the same moment. We are serious about serving the Lord and have no time for the hobbies of the multitude of careless Christians in Western civilization who wander about in their lukewarmness, adoring their pets, working on their antique cars, collecting their stamps, vacationing here and vacationing there, and otherwise wasting their time, expecting God to hand them eternal life on a platter.
The days of judgment are at hand for Western civilization. The Jews have had their holocaust and their troubles are not yet over. It is time now for the Gentile holocaust, and Christians will not be removed from the trouble that is coming. If we are wise we will prepare ourselves for the Divine judgment soon to fall by praying and seeking the Presence of the Lord.
Man allowed Satan to enter Paradise. Man, with the necessary assistance of the Lord Jesus Christ, must be the one to drive Satan from Paradise.
The program of judgment and deliverance must continue in our personality and behavior until we no longer partake of any food that is offered to an idol, to a demon-God.