Yesterday I got a little long winded and had to cut my post in half. Here is the second part.
And that deception is all around us, every day.
Look at the “Christian” celebrities. Some of them have taken definitive steps to live their lives in a way that appears to be pleasing to God. But what of those who only give Christianity lip service? They say they are Christians but compromise their beliefs when they do abhorrent and ungodly things in R rated movies and even some PG and PG-13 movies.
They try to justify their actions by saying it is “just a movie” or “just make believe” but the truth is, they should not be engaging in those activities – pretend or not. But they do it for the fame or the money and then the fame and money are their Gods – Gods that they put before the One True God.
Have you ever done that? Have you ever compromised your faith, your Godliness for money, fame, love, a person?
There is great spiritual influence associated with everything we do. Some things are Godly, some are not. It isn’t difficult to determine which is which. If you are unsure, pray and ask God to guide you. Trust me, when you are going in the wrong direction, you will feel that little tug, your conscience will be pricked, you will know in your gut it is wrong.
So, what does the Bible say about spiritual influences and about hanging out with people who are not Godly influenced?
1 Corinthians 15:33 ~ Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”
Proverbs 6:27 ~ Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?
1 Corinthians 10:13 ~ No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
And a grim warning:
1 Peter 5:8 ~ Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Being a Christian, a follower of Jesus, isn’t easy. It requires sacrifice. It is uncomfortable at times. Some things are hard to hear.
But it is all very necessary and very much worth it.
The blessings we receive when we give ourselves completely to Christ are amazing. If you feel blessed now and you are just skimming the surface, imagine what blessings you will receive when you are completely immersed!
We need church. We need Godly men to lead us with their wisdom and educate us with their knowledge. We need to leave the judging to God but if you feel convicted by scripture or sermons or articles, then you need to pay attention. Take it to God and follow His word.
I am blessed to have a wonderful pastor. He and his family are awesome. He teaches, really teaches, doctrine, standards of holiness and inspires me to draw closer to God, to be more like Him. He also has pastors from other churches come in and speak quite often. That way, we get to hear from others too. It is very enriching.
So stop already with the free bread! If that is all you are getting then speak up and ask questions or find a place that offers you the Bread of Life.