Our pastor said something this morning during the message that got me thinking. He said that if you are a Christian, but have never had trials, then maybe you don’t have a testimony, but rather a “testi-phony”. This gave me pause. Why? Well….
I think that there are a lot of “testi-phony” people out there. People who claim to be Christians, but are intentionally and purposefully living outside His word. Now, I’m not here to question someone else’s Christianity. That is not for me to do. God will take care of that. What I am doing is questioning some people’s walk, in a general way.
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherity the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 6:16-25
As you can see, God clearly states what the fruit of the Spirit is and what the fruit is when you are not led by the Spirit. There is no question here, about what is right and what is wrong. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. However, what I am seeing, is a dearth of professing Christians living intentionally in these sins. If you are willfully and purposely sinning, and you KNOW you are sinning, then I think you need to question where you are in your relationship with Christ. If you are using God’s word to further your own agenda, I think you need to question your relationship with Christ. If you are trying to justify “wrong” behavior to make it seem okay, then you need to question your relationship with Christ. And you can lie to yourself and others all you want, but God knows the truth. You can tell yourself that something isn’t sin or isn’t wrong or isn’t against God’s plan for you, but you will never convince God. You known darn well and good when what you are doing is displeasing to God. I pray that we all take a look deep inside and see where we truly are. We need to all scrutinize our behavior and thoughts and compare them to Biblical truth; not what we want the Bible to say, but what it actually DOES say. If our lives are not lining up with His word, then we need to get it together. Cut the sin out of our lives. Do not continue with behavior that we know is wrong. I pray that we can all come to a place where we would never intentionally hurt someone else or disappoint our God.