“Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. … clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” Romans 13:13a,14 NLT
It is totally unacceptable to live your life with one foot in the kingdom and one foot in the world. If you dwell on evil things you will over time succumb to their lure. In stead, clothe yourself with the very nature and presence of Christ. You put on clothes to go out in public every day, put on Christ as well. Start your day speaking with Him. Notice I said ‘with’ Him, rather than ‘to’ Him. Speaking to the Lord is nothing more than rattling off a laundry list of problems or complains which is not exactly what prayer is meant for. While it’s true that you can speak to the Lord about absolutely anything that is on your heart, having a dialogue with Him is far more beneficial. God loves us and wants to commune with us so have the Bible open when you pray or speak with God. Ask the Spirit to guide your thoughts and you will tap into the mind of God thru His word. It requires time and spiritual maturity and it doesn’t make you any sort of spiritual giant if you do these things. It is expected of us all.
Do not entertain that which you know to be ungodly. Turn and walk away so as not to be drawn in to something you never intended to partake of in the first place. “The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, …”.1 It is the foolish man who feels that ungodly things can be harmless as long as he believes in God. Don’t be caught in such a trap.
The Lord will never lead you astray, nor will He ever forsake you. If we strive to live decent, godly lives in the name of Jesus those around us will see the Lord portrayed before them. Our hope and prayer for humanity is that they will respond by receiving Christ, the one and only hope for the eradication of all our sins. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 Proverbs 14:16a; also “Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7 and “Turn away from evil and do good.” 1 Peter 3:11a