How many times have you heard someone say, 'I don't go to church because of the
hypocrits.' We as Christians know that this is just another excuse. I am not saying there
are not hypocrits in church, but there are hypocrits everywhere you look, not just in
church. The hypocrits are in the bars, at the movies, playing golf, in the work place, in
the grocery store, in the schools, in the public offices, everywhere you go you will find
a hypocrit there. The very ones that say, they do not go to church because of the
hypocrits, is a hypocrit himself.
We need to as Christians, live the life of a Christian. It is very damaging when we
profess to be a Christian, (that would be a follower of CHRIST) and yet we go to places
that are not acceptable places for Christians to hang out, we use filthy language, we
join in with crude jokes, we look at things that are not appropriate. In other words if
it were not for us just saying we were a Christian, no one would be able to tell by the
way we live that we are a Christian.
Titus 1 v 15-16....To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and
unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess
to know GOD, but in works they deny HIM, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified
for every good work........
Titus 1 v 10....For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers
especially those of the circumcision......
The word is telling us here that just because we call ourselves Christians doesn't make
us one. Don't be one of the hypocrits in the church that the non-believers are talking
about. Don't just dress up for Sunday morning and go to church with your good attitude
and then live like the lost the rest of the week, going about cursing, swearing, telling
or listening to crude jokes, trying to fit in with the world instead of taking a stand
for CHRIST. Either you are for CHRIST or you are against CHRIST. Your heart will lead you
in the direction you are going, either toward following HIM, or following the world and
your actions will confirm which way you go.
Matthew 12 v 30....."He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather
with Me scatters abroad.".........
Jesus is telling you here, that either you are with Him and you are producing fruit, or
you are against Him, and living like the devil himself, and scattering His people instead
of bringing them in. We have to be so careful with how we conduct ourselves, and the
words that we use. Jesus tells us that we will be held accountable for every idle word
spoken. You may think when you say something against someone that you are just agreeing
or fitting in with the crowd, but in truth, Jesus hears you and you will be judged by
your words on the day of judgement. In other words, "keepeth thy mouth shut",
or if you do not have anything good to say, don't say anything at all. Remember each time
you open your mouth, you bring judgment on yourself. So if everyone else in the office is
talking about someone, walk away. Follow Christ, not the world. And when you mess up and
get caught up in the gossip, be quick to repent and ask for forgiveness, but do not
continue in the way of the world but, seek His word and fill your heart up with good
things, and not with the things of the world.
Matthew 12 v 36-37...."But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they
will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified,
and by your words you will be condemned."......
And then I leave you with this scripture telling you how to live.
Matthew 12 v 33-35....Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree
bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you,
being evil speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A
good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man
out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things."......
In other words if you are an apple tree you will produce apples, not oranges, likewise,
if you are a Christian you will live like one, if you are of this world you will live
like it. How do you live?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Do You Profess To Know God
at 5:27 AM