This is a very simple command--as to children. But in it there are no "if's" and no "but's." Eternity is at stake, beloved. Why try to make excuses? God has made it so simple; He's opened up the way to us! It's not complicated, it's Jesus. This place that I'm speaking about is so simple, even children can walk in it. We need to come back to seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. In seeking the kingdom first, our eyes are no longer focused upon the world, and our hearts are not affected by its influences.
Our desires and lusts for the world should have been crucified, if we've come to Christ. They should have been dealt with--but some of us don't know how to let God deal with these areas. We don't know that faith and response to God take care of them. If you continue to allow your heart to be drawn out by the world, if you continue to look, and not to let the Spirit of God mortify the deeds of the flesh, you have slipped right back underneath the Law, as the Galatians did. You're not free any more; you're bound. Then usually you blame someone else for "putting you under the Law"; but beloved, we put ourselves under the Law. Jesus Christ has freed us from the Law, and as long as you are walking in Christ, no man can put you under the Law. We are free! If only we could let that soak down into our spiritual thinking. It isn't what we can do; it is what He has done and what He can do by the Spirit in us.