by Joshua Drucker

Ephesians 4:17-19 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18) Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19) Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

There is a subtle strategy satan uses to take control of our lives. The Bible calls this lasciviousness, and it means to have no restraint.
Lasciviousness has been preached as being extreme immorality, but it does not start out that way. It begins with just a few seemingly innocent thoughts. Then those thoughts grow until they begin to produce serious sin.
I have lived a life of lasciviousness before. A life filled with lustful desires. A life that is going 100 MPH with no brakes. A life where you will do anything to satisfy your wants.

Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Before I had lived this life of lasciviousness, I had already heard of the word. The late David Wilkerson wrote a great piece titled, “Turning THE GRACE OF GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS.” In his writing, he talked about Christians, saved men and women, who think that they can continue in their sins, expecting the grace of God to cover them. But if you will look at the above verse, the Bible calls these people who think these thoughts ungodly men.

Ephesians 4: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

As I was reading over Ephesians 4:19 today, I noticed two words that I had never paid attention to before. The words are “past feeling”. Those two words hit me like a ton of bricks. Past feelings. After reading these two words, I then read the rest of the verse, and it says, “Have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
What this verse means is that before you arrive at lasciviousness, you first must by pass your feelings. Please bear with me, I do have a point.
When we first begin to commit a certain sin, our feelings tell us that we don’t need to be doing it. Even though we do the sin, it doesn’t feel right. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is present. We feel dirty and unclean after the act is committed.
When I first started to do drugs, it didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel right driving to the dealers house. It didn’t feel right driving back to the house or hotel where I was going to do the drugs. And it didn’t feel right after I committed the act.
However, after the third or fourth time going through the process of buying and using the drugs, something began to happen. My feelings began to subside. I was no longer scared to drive down the road with illegal drugs in my car. I was no longer fearful of the GBI busting down the door of the drug house. And I no longer felt guilty after I had consumed the drugs. What was happening? I had past my feelings.

Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

The above verse states that when you are past feelings you are then given over unto lasciviousness, a life with NO RESTRAINTS.
The drug world gave me a front row seat to a life of no restraints. Not only in my life, but with the people I was involved with.
I have seen women smoking Meth with one hand as they held their two year old child with the other. My best friend years ago sold a very nice car that his father gave him for seven hundred dollars worth of crack. He drove to Atlanta with a luxury car, and he left there walking home with a crack pipe and a pocket of rocks.
I apologize for being so graphic, but I was at a house one day, and there was a girl there who had sex with almost every male that walked into the house that night. She ran around the house naked, high on ecstasy, begging anyone and everyone to have sex with her. What was wrong with this girl? She was past feelings , and living a life of lasciviousness – NO RESTRAINTS.
Past feelings, is a very scary place to be at my friend. One of the greatest gifts that God has given us is conviction. I praise the Lord today that the conviction of the Holy Spirit is present in my life. I praise God for my feelings. Because at times in my life I was “past them.”
You need to know something about the life of lasciviousness. You don’t arrive there overnight. Oh, no, the devil is too crafty for that. It is a process. Little by little. First it starts with a thought, and then you act on the thought and commit the sin. And the first few times you feel guilty, then before you know it, you are committing that certain sin day after day and it doesn’t even bother you. You begin to live a life of no restraints and it becomes normal to you. You are past feelings.
If you ask any man or woman who has had an affair, they will tell you that it didn’t just happen. Even when they get caught, they may just say that it just happened, but they know that is far from the truth.
Affairs begin with flirty text messages. Love emails written during lunch breaks. Face Book exchanges that at first start off innocent, but end illicit. Casual friendship that turned into erotic romances.
Most people who get caught having an affair don’t get caught the first time. Do you know why? Because at first they are careful and strategic. They go above and beyond to take every caution necessary. However, as the weeks and months pass on, they no longer feel guilty about cheating on their mate. They then move past feelings and begin to live a life of no restraints. Which eventually leads to exposure.
I don’t know why the Holy Spirit stopped me dead in my tracks this morning at the two words, past feelings. And I don’t know who I am ministering to today. However, I know that this word is for someone.
You have been playing around and playing around in a certain sin for way too long and the Holy Spirit is telling you today, “STOP IT.” You maybe feeling guilty but the pleasure is way too good to quit. If this is you, the Holy Spirit is telling you to stop it.
And who knows, this word may be for someone who is past the feelings of guilt and you are NO LONGER convicted of your sin. Or maybe you have been deceived into thinking that the grace of God will cover up your willing acts. If you are deceived into thinking these thoughts, let me remind you one more time of Jude 4.

Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I very rarely send out a word of rebuke. I very rarely preach against sin. Not because it is not needed, but because we all KNOW what sin is. I don’t have to tell you that lying, stealing, cursing, etc..etc are sins – YOU KNOW. My reason for sending this word out is to wake up someone who is past feelings and headed down a road to destruction.

Romans 13:11-12 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

WAKE UP! Wake up my friend before it is too late. Wake up before you throw away everything that the Lord has blessed you with. Wake up before you lose your spouse, your children, your health, your ministry, or your FREEDOM. Wake up!
Get out of your sins today. I didn’t write this word to belittle or beat you down. I wrote this word to wake you up.
I know what it is like to live a life without restraints, and I am here to tell you that it is a horrible life. If I can prevent just one person today from going down that road then I have done my job.
If you are sleeping with a person whom you are not married to and the conviction is gone; you need to wake up and get out of that bed. Even if you have to sleep on the couch, get out of that bed.
If you are cheating on your spouse either physically or emotionally, I beg you to wake up. That one moment of pleasure is not worth what you will lose in the end.
If you are robbing God out of His ten percent tithe every week, I beg you to wake up. It doesn’t matter if you believe in tithing or not, if you don’t give God ten percent of your income the Bible says that you are robbing God. WAKE UP and pay the ten percent before you lose the other ninety percent.

Malachi 3:8-11 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9) Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

This word is not just for you, it is for me also. It is time for ALL of us to wake up and begin to live a pure, honest, and holy life. God doesn’t send a word like this to beat us down. He sends it to lift us up. Today, let us all arise out of the ashes of our sins and let us begin to live the life that God has called and ordained for us to live…WAKE UP!!

God Bless
Joshua Drucker

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  1. View People’s Bible Notes for Ephesians 4:19 Eph 4:19 Who being past feeling. Having trampled conscience under foot until it is calloused. Having silenced its admonitions, they give themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. To licentiousness and evil. This description is not overdrawn. Purity of life was not even considered a virtue among the Gentiles of that period.


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