Ever have one of those moments? I definitely have!!!!
I have had a very difficult time trying to figure out whether or not I should do certain things, even when it comes to stuff as simple as what to listen to on the radio or what I watch on TV. I have found that even those small simple things actually do have an impact on me. Maybe a violent show doesn’t make me want to go out and kill people, but it DOES affect me. Here is how: It takes my focus from God.
So when you are doing something or wanting to do something, do you ask yourself if you are putting that thing or person over God?
Lets say that what I’m talking about is a relationship with a new friend. The person was really cool when you were hanging out a week ago, but as you get to know them, you not only get a bit more attached, but you start to see them for who they are and what they like! you are a home maker and you like to stay home and do what you do to the Glory of God. Then you meet a person who is single, really cool, is out doing fun things all the time and living it up!!!! Slowly you start to wish you could be that “free”. YOU want to go to bars and stay up until 2 again. You want to flirt, and drink, and feel like you are sexy again. That is your heart. I mean, its only natural right? You are still young and you deserve a night out.
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Well I can tell you right now, and from experience, how that is going to turn out. Slowly you will begin to lose your focus on God. You will go out one night, get intoxicated, you may or may not do a few things you regret later, but you will have a blast!!!! Next thing you know you find yourself going out every week. Slowly the life style of the care free and single is starting to creep into your mindset. You will like what you have going and it may or may not start to wedge itself in your relationship with your husband and kids. I do know that it will, 100% undoubtedly wedge itself in between you and God.
While you are doing all of this, are you thinking about what God has planned for you? are you praying? Are you turning to him with your every problem, desire, and happy thought? No, you are having too much fun grinding on strangers and drinking with your buddies. No, I’m not saying that going out for drinks with a friend every once and a while is a bad thing, but constantly being in the influence of someone and something that is living in sin IS. I say “you” assuredly, because it was actually ME!!! You cant go on a diet and purposefully intoxicate yourself and sit down in front of a bunch of different flavored cupcakes and not expect to be tempted!!!! It just isn’t possible!!! I found that out the hard way! Don’t make the same mistakes I did, I plead with you all! Most people have great self control, but there is always the chance, and the temptation and God teaches us to flee from temptation! Not purposefully put ourselves in its path!
Sin breeds sin, negativity breeds negativity, hate breeds hate, gossip breeds gossip, and rot breeds more rot.
If you put an onion next to a potato, they will both rot.
OK, enough with the food and breeding examples, here’s some biblical ones!!!
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
Well that was just about the COMPANY WE KEEP!!!!!!
Now I’m going to get into the things that we (Human kind) do!!!!
As I mentioned at the beginning, lets just say you are listening to music. Some popular songs today are done by Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, lil Wayne, Tool, I could go on and on in almost every Genre and still never cover all of the artists today. Well, I used to LOVE popular music, I would listen to it, download albums, watch very very Violent shows that had a cool song on it and I would go to hell and back (no pun intended) trying to find out who it was from! I found that I am not honoring God in any way doing that. One day I realized that all of this music was GLORIFYING things that, sure I may never actually do, but by listening to it, I was supporting it. Portraying that it was OK to call myself a follower of Christ and listen to a song that had profanity in every other word or degraded women and men alike. Some songs and artists even go as far as to blaspheme our creator. Not to mention the subliminal effect it had on my psyche! It was all just temptation!!! Once I was saved it was a struggle for me to give up these earthly things, but in the end, it was worth it. I cannot devote my life to our God if I am dishonoring him in the little things like music, TV, video games, and even pornography and sex!!!! Here are some verses that helped me get through the separation from the world I was going through:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
And try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. …
So the entire point of this post is basically to follow, and glorify God in ALL that you do, from the music you listen to, to the words you speak, to the places you go. People: Christians, and atheists alike are all watching you, and waiting for you to slip up. Satan is too!!! Don’t give them the satisfaction. If you do slip up, get back on track, because If you give God your all, he will make things easier!!!! Trust me, I used music as an example, and Going out with friends as an example, because as I am human, those were huge weaknesses for me! It can be done, and your life can be more rewarding and peaceful if everything that is done, is done for the lord. When you listen to christian music, your focus is on God. When you hang out with fellow Christians, your focus is God. When you watch sermons and other wholesome TV your focus is on GOD!!!! See where I’m going with this?
One last note, do not judge and condemn others for this, as many do not live by God and it is not our place to see their hearts. Just I am not judging you, but telling you all by experience what I have been through and how much better off I am now. If they are living in sin and claim to be Christians, correct them kindly, and not in judgement. If they fail to correct themselves, then do not continue to be angry and judgmental, but simply distance yourself from them and the sin. It sounds harsh but you do not need a bad influence. Love them, and do not think of them as bad people and quarrel with them over right and wrong, Just avoid the influence of sin that has taken over their lives. Of course do not forget to pray for them, that God will show them the error of their ways. Just because their faith is weak does not mean they are hopeless. Be there for them, and be kind. It is not our job to change others, but to encourage them, and allow the LORD to do his work in them. Even when you know that what they do is wrong!!!!
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …