Part of the strategy of the enemy is to deceive people into believing that the things we can see are more real than the things we cannot see. Until the microscope was invented, we could not see bacteria or other micro-organism but we have always experienced their effects. Likewise, there are also spiritual things which we cannot see that have an influence on us. It is time out for dismissing spiritual things simply because they are not completely evident to carnal senses. Spiritual things matter most and should be the most compelling influence in our lives. Things that please us carnally can often have a strong influence over us, even to the level of swaying good judgment. This is why those that desire to follow Christ have to take up the cross and mortify their flesh. Christ, the good shepherd, as He leads us on the path to life will inevitably take us through terrains that afflict the flesh. If we have not already made the decision to die to the flesh, we will turn back or go to the wayside when the narrow paths of life start to restrict the flesh. It is only through taking up the cross that we become eligible to really hear the words of Truth and except spiritual principles. That is what is meant by 2 Corinthians 2:14,
“ But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
It is by design that certain things bring us pleasure. The Creator Yahweh made all things good, and when they are enjoyed in adherence to His instruction they bring life. When we partake of creation in perversion, outside of His commands, it tends toward death. 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Spiritual things, which have eternal repercussions, should always take precedence over temporal things. Pleasures enjoyed outside of an eternal perspective are the substance of regret. Be wise, be temperate, and be patient, to enjoy lasting fulfillment.
We must cultivate a love for Truth to the degree that we despise anything that would obscure our view of it. This will put us on the path to freedom from self-deception, as well as strengthen us against deception from the wicked one. The Holy Spirit, given by God the Father, is a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. A sound mind is a mind that operates from the perspective of Truth. Truth is the word of God. If you are free enough to hear the virtue in what I am saying, then take it and run with it!