Friday, June 29, 2012

Living Godly


In talking to young people about preparing for the future, I’ve had several say something like this: “We must get into the world to experience ungodly situations and ungodly people in order to grow stronger.”
This kind of thinking has swallowed up many immature Christians and eventually turned them against God. Sure, we’re in the world (John 17:15) and we’re exposed to non-Christian situations (school, job, neighborhood), but we need to be careful that exposure to those situations does not lead to embracing ungodly philosophies. All of us would mature faster by following the divine pattern suggested in Psalm 1:1.
a.      First, let’s not let our decisions and choices be controlled by the “counsel of the ungodly.”
Proverbs 11:14Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
Proverbs 19:20-21 “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. “

b.      Second, we shouldn’t put ourselves in a place where those who don’t know Jesus can unduly influence our thought processes.
1 John 3:4-10Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”

c.       Third, let’s avoid getting comfortable with those who mock God, His Word, and His role in our life so that their thinking seems right to us.
Proverbs 25:26 “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”
James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

Counsel from such sources leads us away from God. Instead, it’s best to get our training, our guidance, and our advice from God’s holy Word and those who know it and love it. God and His Word, not experiences, are our best teacher.
You’ve given us Your Spirit, Lord,

To help us grow, mature, and learn,
To teach us from Your written Word,
So truth from error we’ll discern. —Sper

Let God’s Word fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your life.

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