God Has a Standard
It is sad at how the morals of the world have become so low. We are seeing more funerals than graduations, and more baby showers than weddings. People look at tragedies and blame God, but these will be the same people that reject Him daily or say He doesn’t exist. Most times no one looks to the bible on how they should live, but everyone lives off of their own opinions and are self driven.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)
It is easy to believe in Jesus, but it’s impossible to say you’re a Christian but still continue to be an habitual sinner. The bible calls us to repentance, turning away from all sin and going to Jesus, and to a complete mind transformation/renewal (Romans 12:2). We need our minds renewed because whatever we think, we will do. If you think right, you’ll do right. If you think about sin all day, your body will want to do the act. In today’s society we have so many claiming to be Christians, but they just aren’t producing the fruit that they should. Am I saying they’re hypocrites and on the way to Hell? No, because we are saved by grace, not by what Tovares thinks. However, the bible says that the people who are God’s sons aren’t the ones who just have the spirit in them, but His children are the ones who allow His spirit to lead and direct them (Romans 8:14). Living for Christ is more than what we do for Him or our Sunday rituals, our faith is shown in our obedience to God’s word. We only really believe what we practice. If I believe exercise will make me look nice and stay healthy, I would do it. If I believe driving is more convenient than walking, I will drive. However, a man cannot say I know exercise is beneficial to my life and just not make the time for it. Neither can I say driving is more convenient than walking, but I don’t plan to get a license, buy a car or get behind the wheel. I can respect someone who says “I know Jesus is real, but I just don’t feel like surrendering all to Him right now”, rather than someone who says “I’m a Christian” but the lifestyle contradicts them totally. They will still party, fornicate, gossip, hate people, forgive sometimes, don’t evangelize, never feed the less fortunate, etc. I really wonder if we read the entire bible. God told us to go out and do something, not just to sing songs and go to Heaven. Many want to sit at God’s table, but not all are willing to work in His field.
Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…..(Amos 6:1)
In today’s society, many are just doing what they feel is right. People no longer seek The Lord, so their perception of right and wrong is distorted. We watch shows that promote sin and yet criticize the person in church who can’t sing well but uses their voice to bring glory to God. We no longer hate sin, we just hate the sins we see in others. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for more reasons than homosexuality (Ezekiel 16:49-50). We can’t keep looking down on homosexuals/lesbians and we are full of sin ourselves. I’ve noticed that if I try to hang out, play sports or just relax, everyone is free. If I say lets pray together, only a few would be willing. I’m not better than them, but many people are forgetting that we need to forsake sin and seek Jesus. How can we lift one another up if we keep looking down on people?
Contrary to popular belief, God rules, not the majority. It doesn’t matter if something becomes popular or common, if God’s word is against it, it remains wrong. Many have been quarreling about the rights for the homosexual community, and whether or not they should be able to get married. We must first understand that, God gives every man free-will. Even though that may not be God’s plan, He still allows them to do whatever they want. Does God loves homosexuals? Of course He does, but God never have and never will support sin. It was sin in the bible so it is sin now. It does not matter if people want to be “politically correct” and call it a “sexual preference”, God calls it an abomination (Leviticus 18:22). Many are thinking that its okay to dress provocatively or take half naked pictures for social networks, or boyfriends and girlfriends, but God’s word said to be modest (1 Timothy 2:9-10) and to flee fornication (1 Corinthians 6:18). This isn’t judging, because I’m not perfect. However, I will preach God’s word whether that makes me popular or not. Jesus loved sinners enough to correct them, if we love people we will tell them the truth.
Biblical holiness is very rare today, many love to say no one is perfect, but that’s no excuse not to try. Many people will never become who God has designed them to be, because they’re too busy trying to be someone else. If we aim to be like our pastor, parents, mentors, etc we will never know who we are. Elijah didn’t turn Elisha into a copy of himself. When he left, he made him twice the man that he was. We must understand that God did not create us to be like someone else, the only person we should try to imitate is Jesus. Right is right, even if you’re the only one doing it. Wrong is wrong even if it is popular.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14)
Make every effort to live a clean life before God. The bible says to stay away from the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22). The problem that we have is that we want to experiment and partake in everything offered to us. Choose today to stay away from sin. Will we mess up? Of course, maybe even before the night is over. However, we don’t have to make our mistake become a lifestyle. Live pure. Follow Christ, not the crowds. Don’t compare yourself to people because God made you differently. Learn to measure yourself up in His word and see where you need improvement and what needs to be fixed. Just the same as we do naturally. Everyone looks in the mirror to make sure they look okay. We must do so spiritually. Get into the bible and see what you need to fix.
A few scriptures to remember: -Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2:19) – For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:11-14) – Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1) – Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5) – My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! (Proverbs 1:10)
God bless! – Tovares Grey