FRET'TING, ppr. Corroding; wearing away; agitating; vexing; making rough on the surface; variegating.
FRET'TING, n. Agitation; commotion.
Life is complected, complex, filled with trouble, problems, and life itself is always filled with challenges. It is the Devils work to try and weary, ware out the saints, we read this of the antichrist in Revelations during the tribulation. 1Jn says, the spirit of the antichrist is already at work in the world. The devil is already at work.
We at times are not at work. " Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling". This is one example of the work we do as we co operate with the power of the holy spirit we have been given. It has been given, Power is from the lord,
2 Tim 1:7, the lord has given us all the tools, we must use them and to use them, it calls for work, again, by co operation with the power the flesh does not have. This is why we are exhorted not to walk, or live in the flesh, this is why we are told to let the flesh man die daily, so it can be renewed.
This leprosy in our text is a flesh eating virus, we have Ebola it is spoken of 24/7 as well as ISIS, both are plagues, trouble, it is my train of thought and what the lord spoke to my heart on, using a very odd verse and word for the message. The word , I gave the Webster definition.
1. Wearing away
The word in our text means Websters number one definition in context, the word fretting B, is not the correct, exact word it is a KJV translation error, but , it stood out, and it still says leprosy is something that causes a wearing away and vexing. It is like a snake, it sheds its skin and new skin grows.
This is what it means to die to self , the flesh daily, our renewal daily is like the leprosy, or snake skin that becomes as smooth and whole as a new born baby’s skin. Child like faith is the key, faith is the key. We die, we are renewed, we die , we are born again. It is not easy to die daily, to let the ragged old skin fall off and be new, whole, it is a daily process, it will never end until we are promoted to Glory, but this side of glory we are renewed daily, if.... we co operate with the lord.
Peter said, " for the lord has given us all things that pertain to life and Godliness". Again it is from the lord, not self, we can not manufacture this with a word confession, or a fake smile , it will not work, it comes not from the smile, confession of any kind, verbal saying mountain be gone, it comes by faith, power, renewal, it is an inner work, than it can be a real smile a real word of appropriating the great promises of the word, than we can say in spirit, in faith, mountain be removed and cast into the see, Faith, it is spirit , not flesh.
Inward renewal will show outward.
David Wilkerson"s wife Gwen comes to mind, esp for me as I see my wife is wasting away, her bones are showing-. I thought for sure Gwen would be in Glory first, I never thought David would be first. Life is like that, we just do not know, we do not worry about the unknown, for that is where faith and trust come in.
Spiritual leprosy , it is a vexing thing, caused by agitation, commotion, sadness, depression, troubles, but it can be healed. No matter if the outward man is perishing, the inward man is being renewed day by day , as Paul said. Outward, inward, inward, outward.
To some it is outward that causes this, meaning life, circumstances, to some inward , by this I mean weakens of mind, thoughts, feelings, worry, fear, regret, it matters not if this spiritual leprosy shows or not, in many Christians it is there.
I see my wife slowly wasting away, it is outward, yet she has a glow, a joy, my leprosy is inward, I do not always glow, nor have as much joy, faith, or simplicity as she does, she has been a blessing and a lesson to me.
Reader, it matters not if your condition is outward, or inward , it can and must be given to the lord in prayer, once we do this casting off, and on to HIM, we can have Joy, simplicity, faith, and such. It is the lords work, we just co operate with it, believe it, and face the day before us.