Sometimes you just want to cuss! Okay, let me speak for myself… there are times when no other kind of word seems like it will suffice for how I feel or how ridiculous I think of someone else’s actions. Now I know this amount of honesty may take some people by surprise because this is a “Christian” blog… and of course we don’t know any cursing Christians right?! Riiiggght!
However, regardless of how I feel or what may have occured, I remind myself that I operate under a different law that requires me to rise above my natural desires. It’s time we face the reality of the world we live in. As Christians we understand that we are in the world but we are not of the world. [2 Cor. 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does] For those that are unfamiliar, let me explain… we must co-exist in a world that is full of hardships, lustful desires, and evil ways. However, we do not operate on the same principles. We have an understanding of who our source is during this life on earth… Jesus Christ. We also understand that there are ways of living that may seem right to the natural eye but will stifle our spiritual walk. [ Prov. 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death] So just because I have the desire to express myself freely, doesn’t mean that I will act on it. Each day I continue to walk in purpose, the more committed I am to holding myself accountable for my words and my actions no matter the circumstances.
When you know that your life is ordered by God and your true heart’s desire is to please Him, you have a supernatural push to just do better because you know better. It’s not because your pastor is seated beside you or your church friends will be at the event. Even in your quiet times when there’s no one around or when you are around people who don’t know you, you want your actions to please God. There is a desire to always represent yourself properly as it pertains to the Christian walk because true Christians understand that we represent more than ourselves.
So my charge to you today is the charge I have for myself everyday… take on the position that YOUR response is YOUR responsibility. No one, I repeat, NO ONE can take the love of God from you. No one can provoke you to act outside of His will. You make the decision to respond in the natural. Your greatest defense is not a “What would Jesus Do?” band on your arm. What happens when you leave that at home? You can’t rely on your mind to remember how your pastor told you to respond in church one Sunday. Your greatest defense is studying His Word and allowing yourself to develop in His Word so that it lives within you. When you have that revelation knowledge of who you are and whose you are, you could be in Remote Island on the coast of West Bungaloo and you will carry yourself in a manner that is pleasing to God, not out of fear or because it’s easy, but because you understand the undeniable benefits of living for God!
[Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.]
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