When I first became a Christian I noticed how sinful I was in need of a savior to make me clean. I remember feeling very bad for my sins because I knew I was disappointing God. I literally felt like I would die if I continued to live an immoral lifestyle against God so I surrendered to Him to help me to become pure and Christ like. As I allowed God to cleanse me and make me new I began to feel free from bondage and I no longer wanted to do the things that were displeasing to God. Of course I had to remove things from my life and people from my life to stay on track, but the fact of the matter is that we can live a life worth pleasing to God and we can live righteous.
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. – Romans 6:13
See my post here on Is it Possible to Stop Sinning?
So once I got saved I was on fire for holiness and righteousness because God had put His Spirit within me. I quickly began to notice that the world around me hated God and most of all they hated living the way God required of them to live. Many people like to make excuses for their sins and say “God will forgive me, stop judging me, etc.” I’ve pretty much heard all of the excuses used for a person who claims to be a Christian to live in sin, and it doesn’t surprise me anymore.
Many people carry the title of a Christian, but the sad reality is, most aren't. It’s by faith that we are saved, but just like I mentioned in my previous post, faith without works is dead. We have to live out what we believe as Christians.
As I browse the internet each year I see the world getting more and more wicked. Things which were once an abomination are now being deemed as acceptable. But when I read the Bible it already foretold that things like this were bound to happen, but we as children of God must remember to always stand for righteousness even when everyone around us maybe standing for unrighteousness. If we are truly a child of God we will believe what God says versus what the world says is right.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; – Philippians 2:15
So you see as children of God we have a duty. A duty to be blameless and pure.
When you look up blameless in the dictionary that means to be free from guilt or shame. Synonyms for blameless are faultless, clean, pure, innocent and perfect.
Despite what it may look like it is possible in this crooked and perverse generation to be blameless unless God would have never commanded us to do so. God would have never given us so many morals or standards to live by unless it were possible to do so, and it is possible to live God’s way by using God’s strength.
As a person who loves God with my whole heart and desires to please Him in all of my ways I know I will say things that may offend people. But the point of me saying those things are not out of hate, but out of love. Just like a parent warns their child of something that will harm them, God’s people are messengers to warn others that sin leads to death, sin leads to hell.
I read an article today that affirms all the more that this world is only getting worse before the return of Jesus Christ. The article was about how an unnamed woman would be marrying her father soon and that they would be having children together. Crazy huh!? If you would like to read the entire article you can do so by clicking here.
As I read it I couldn't help, but to feel the need to speak more about Christ and the awesome freedom he offers from sin and death. I think somewhere in the future it will be OK for this woman to marry her father, as long as both parties are consenting adults right? Same sex marriage is already making that a reality because sin opens doors to even more and more sin.
Although Christians today are called homophobes, gay haters, and other childish names because we believe in the Biblical definition of marriage we must still stand for God’s truth in love. People who are gay just like any other sinner can be delivered from their innate desire to sin.
The world may get darker, but God’s light remains the brightest and we are kept by His love and grace as long as we remain in His truth. So I encourage all my brothers and sisters out in the world to remain strong even in persecution.
Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age – Titus 2:12
Always remember to be a light in this dark world. You can do this!
God’s Grace is limitless,