September 28, 2006

Am I being a good representative of the Lord Jesus?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 4:46 pm

This week in my devotions I’ve been studying Colossians 3. Wow! This is a powerful chapter…so much practical advice given to those who truly want to follow Christ and be a sanctified (or set apart) individual! Today I received the story below as told by Joe Stowell, it so perfectly goes along with Paul’s instructions, given to us in Colossians.

““Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:12-14, 17 – NLT)

Story shared by Joe Stowell:

A driver did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman behind him went ballistic, pounding on her horn and screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to drive through the intersection with him.

Still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, “I’m awfully sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, gesturing to the guy in front of you, and cursing a blue streak at him. I noticed the “Choose Life” license plate holder, the “What Would Jesus Do?” bumper sticker, the “Follow me to Sunday School” bumper sticker and the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.

“Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.”


September 4, 2006

Keeping Yourself Pure and Unspotted

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 1:44 pm

In a previous post, I talked about keeping yourself clean while living in a very evil and wicked world. It sounds simple, but I do not believe this is a simple task. Thank God for His keeping grace which he has promised in His Word. I do believe it is possible for us to live in a way that is pure and unspotted by this world, but it will not be because we do it with our own strength. It is going to take the help of the blessed Holy Spirit. The Bible contains God’s commandments and principles, by which we can live in a way that pleases Him and in a way that will keep us unspotted by the world.

This morning, while having my devotions and reading in Proverbs 4, I found what I believe to be some key verses which contain very practical instruction for all of us, which will help to keep us from being spotted by the world. Let’s look at these verses:

Pro 4:14-15 Don’t set foot on the path of the wicked; don’t proceed in the way of evil ones. (15) Avoid it; don’t travel on it. Turn away from it, and pass it by.

Here is what these verses mean to me:

  1. We are told to not “set foot” or in the NKJV it says, “do not enter” the path of the wicked. I don’t know what this means to you, but to me it means we are to avoid EVERYTHING that contains wickedness. It doesn’t matter where it is, or by what medium it comes into our life…if it is wicked, we are to totally avoid it. If we know something is wicked, we are to not even start down that path…for example; I don’t even go near a bar or a casino. These worldly establishments are wicked; therefore I avoid them all together. If we know something is wicked, we must avoid it all together (v. 15).
  2. Now, I believe it is possible that we might enter the path of the wicked and not even recognize that we’ve done so. We are human, it is possible for us to make a mistake and get ourselves in the middle of something that is wicked. I believe the second part of the 14th verse addresses this very situation, here Solomon says, “don’t proceed.” If we come to the realization that we’ve entered the path of the wicked (by mistake) we are to STOP and shift into our “reverse gear” and get ourselves off of this path ASAP!

I believe these two verses also apply to us as Christians who are trying to use the “information super-highway” in a way that would please God. Technology is rapidly changing and advancing all around us. It is no accident that we are alive during 2006 and living in a world that is full of technology. The internet hasn’t caught God by surprise! I personally believe we are to be doing our best, as Christians trying to live a holy life, to use technology in a way that advances His Kingdom.

Our passage in Proverbs give us instruction for what technology we should even own or how to use technology that we do own and allow into our lives and into our homes. If something is wicked, and we know it is wicked, we are told “do not enter” or I submit, “do not use.” (This is why I’ve chosen to not own a television…TV is basically evil and wicked and I don’t even want it in my life and in my home.) If we know a website is evil or wicked, we are told to avoid it all together. If a CD, DVD, radio station, book, magazine, etc., is evil and wicked, we must avoid it. It is that simple. These things comprise the “path of the wicked” and the “way of evil.” If we are serious about keeping our lives pure and unspotted we will avoid what we know is evil and wicked.

As mentioned above in point #2, I do believe that a sincere, honest, godly individual can still make mistakes and mis-judge something and get themselves heading down the “path of the wicked” without even knowing they’ve done so. However, I also believe that God, through His Holy Spirit will also reveal this to us through our conscience. As soon as we’ve been made aware that we are involved in something evil, or viewing something wicked, or listening to something that doesn’t please God, we must “turn away” from this path and not continue to “proceed in the way of evil.”

God wants us to live pure and holy lives…He wants to keep us clean. He will show us what is wicked, what doesn’t please Him. I’m personally asking God to carefully guide my footsteps and to help me know what is evil and wicked BEFORE I’m near the evil path. If something I’ve done isn’t pleasing, I want to know that so I can turn away or turn around and by doing so avoid entering in or walking down the path of evil.

God will illuminate our steps…He will guide us each and every day. Pro 4:18 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

Scripture taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999 by Holman Bible Publishers. All rights reserved.

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