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Concupiscence

Why do some water tanks leak? The most obvious answer of course is because they have a hole in them, but a useless empty water tank can be riddled with holes and be perfectly free of leaks. A water tank must first have water in it before it can become a leaking water tank. In fact, with the more water that it contains, not only will the rate of the leakage from any imperfections be greater because of the greater pressure, but the greater pressure actually increases the chances that even more leaks will happen. Ironically, water tanks that are working the hardest to hold water are the ones most vulnerable to losing water.

"When I would do good, evil is present with me"

Satan is quite pleased with those who make no effort to obey God. He hates them just as much as he does people who seek to obey God, but he doesn't bother much with those "empty tanks" because they have already made themselves both empty and full of holes by being pagans or atheists. It's only those who seek to obey God as best they humanly can, according to the actual Word of God, the Holy Bible, those who are "holding water" (see the Fact Finder question below about the meaning of "living waters"), that Satan seeks to cause leaks. Most of God's true people suffer through this life covered with spiritual dents (sometimes even the dents have dents), and maybe a few small leaks, because of everything, and everyone, that Satan has endlessly bombarded them with.

River The apostle Paul used "concupiscence" (as translated by the King James Version) in the context of describing a form of behavior in which people want to do what they know God says not to do (although "concupiscence," as used by the King James, literally means lust, the example that Paul described actually applies to all of The Ten Commandments - see The Decalogue). Using an analogy of a water tank, the more water that they have in their tank, the more pressure there is within themselves for it to leak. But unlike a literal water tank in which the pressure is caused by gravity, the pressure to spiritually leak is caused by Satan. Paul described with agonizing detail how he suffered from "all manner of concupiscence." Many good Christian people ever since, people who will make it into the Kingdom of God, know all too well the daily struggle that Paul was talking about.

"What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the Law: for I had not known lust, except the Law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the Commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the Law sin was dead. For I was alive without the Law once: but when the Commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the Commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the Commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the Law is holy, and the Commandment holy, and just, and good."

"Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the Commandment might become exceeding sinful."

"For we know that the Law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."

"I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the Law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." (Romans 7:7-25 KJV)

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