Thursday, November 11, 2010

What is Your Excuse?

“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.”
 (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

Examine everything carefully. Make sure what you are looking at is in accordance with what the Bible says. The second part of verse twenty-one says hold fast to what is good. In Mark 10:18 Jesus says, “And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.’” Jesus is not saying that He is not God here but instead He is testing the man to see what he will say to this statement. If we are to hold fast to what is good then we need to hold fast God for He is good. Continuing on into verse twenty-two. “abstain from every form of evil.” Notice it says abstain from some forms of evil. Other forms are ok. NO!!! It says to abstain from EVERY form of evil. These days evil comes in ways that seem to be camouflaged to many people. They do not know what is good because they have not been taught the Bible. They have been given fluffy sermons that make you feel good inside and make you laugh and you might remember a story from it but is that all you take away from it? It leaves you lacking anything to hold fast to.

How do you intimately know God if you are not taught from the scriptures? If they do not know what is good then they cannot tell what is evil. Therefore, they cannot abstain from evil. Everything has become grey to them. We must get to know God in order to know what good is because no one is good but God.

Where are you oh Christians who are Godly? Where are you who are boldly proclaiming the gospel? Are you ashamed that you will not even speak out for what is good? You are not godly because you do not really know God. You are not bold because you do not have faith that God can help you. You are ashamed because you think someone might think you are strange for standing up for what is good. Should not the gospel be on our hearts and minds all day long so that it is on the tip of our tongue just waiting to come out? Should we not be ready to give an answer to show what we believe? Are you so ashamed of your Savior that you will not tell about Him? You should be ashamed that you are NOT proclaiming Christ to all people.

Are you, oh Christian, making excuses for not telling of your Savior, for not living a godly life, for not following Christ as you should? What excuse is good enough? There is no excuse, oh Christian. There is no excuse for you. None for you to give for not following Christ. None for you to give for not living a godly life. None for you to give for not telling of your Savior. There is NO EXCUSE!!! Come now, oh Christian, let us get to know God, let us spend time with Him. Let us tell of His Son, the Savior of this world. Let us boldly tell of Him and His great Sacrifice for us. Let us live a life like Daniel lived so that no one will be able to find anything wrong against us. Let is follow after Christ. Let us, oh Christian, live a Holy and godly life. No more excuses. Today is the day that the revival starts within our hearts and our minds. Today is the Day that we boldly stand for Christ. If God is for us who can stand against us?

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