We live in a time where it has seemingly become taboo for Christians to say what believers should or should not do. People are afraid to tell the truth. So now what we have is a bunch of folks walking ‘round claiming to be good Christians who have no decorum and no discipline in what they do, say, find funny, watch etc… And they believe themselves right with God. Of course we never want to disappoint others, but I must tell you something. SAINTS DON’T CUSS.
Contrary to popular belief, there are indeed things that real saints do not do. And, newsflash, there is no amount of Scripture twisting that is going to make this stuff ok.
There are more and more professing Christians using profanity – just look at some of the social media posts out there; some even try to excuse it because they were upset or some such nonsense. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not, true believers have a filter. Instead, these days, it seems many claiming Christ must have thrown their filters away, opting to say, watch, read, and do anything while still claiming to belong to Christ. This is not right, and God is not pleased.
I cannot stress it enough that what we do, what we say, our behavior and what we support matters. Jesus said a tree is known by its fruit. What kind of fruit is on your tree? Is it the fruit of righteousness, or is it the corrupt fruit of worldliness? Be honest, for God already knows. (Phil 1:11; Gal 5:22-23; Gal 5:19-21)
We can call ourselves “Christians” all we want to, but the proof is in the pudding. All of this stuff we hear today like, “I’m not perfect I’m just forgiven,” is often just a dodge used by many who are not living according to the standards of God. The Almighty God has standards, a lifestyle requirement for His people. It has nothing to do with “legalism,” but everything to do with holiness – without which no man or woman will see the Lord! (Heb 12:14)
People love to say what holiness is not while ignoring what holiness is. Church folks love to take pot shots at those who’ve gone before, considering themselves to be more knowledgeable than those who may have had less education but possessed true hearts for God. Holiness includes lifestyle. The fact remains that God commands His people (from today as well as yesterday) to be separate, different; to keep ourselves unspotted from this world. We cannot do that without true repentance and a dogged refusal to return to those worldly – flesh appealing – ways.
The enemy’s purpose is to pull us away from God, so he throws seemingly innocent distractions in our path. As we give in to them we move further from God, one easy step at a time. It is often such a subtle process that, although some around us will begin to notice the change, we often never personally recognize/acknowedge it until it’s too late. Fred fails to realize that God delivers, but it is our choice to return to the prison of our old man.
For Fred the enemy uses old friends to start the ball rolling. For some it could be too much “innocent” time before the one-eyed monster; or anything else that can causes us to leave an area of our lives unguarded.
I encourage all of us to HEED THE WORD OF GOD, which tells us that evil company corrupts good habits (1 Cor 15:33 NKJV). If we are going with God we must be willing to make the difficult choices to cut some associations, to stop certain things. We have to value our salvation, the peace and joy of the Lord, enough to guard our steps. If not, we will always make 2 steps forward and 4 back in our effort to walk with God. I pray that we all wake up to this truth before it’s too late.THINK ABOUT IT: Don’t let stubborn loyalty to ungodly friends & ways cause you to become disloyal to God. ~Perfectingtruth Click To Tweet
3 areas in which little foxes may be spoiling your vine:
As believers we must stop putting up with and making excuses for sin in our lives. Those small things, those things we “think” so insignificant are still sin in the eyes of God, and we cannot turn a blind eye to them.
I encourage all of us today; let’s train our minds, hearts, eyes, ears and mouths for righteousness. Develop your taste for those things that are right and pleasing to God.
Until next time!