God's Expectations for Life

Intentionally Living Above the Standard…

Month: September 2017

Is it Shameful?

Ephesians 5:1-14

[5:1] * Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. [2] And * walk in love, * as Christ loved us and * gave himself up for us, a * fragrant * offering and sacrifice to God.
[3] But * sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness * must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. [4] Let there be * no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, * which are out of place, but instead * let there be thanksgiving. [5] For you may be sure of this, that * everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ( * that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. [6] *Let no one * deceive you with empty words, for because of these things * the wrath of God comes upon * the sons of disobedience. [7] Therefore * do not become partners with them; [8] for * at one time you were * darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. * Walk as children of light [9] (for * the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), [10] and * try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. [11] * Take no part in the * unfruitful * works of darkness, but instead * expose them. [12] For * it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. [13] But when * anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, [14] for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

* “Awake, O sleeper,
and * arise from the dead,
and * Christ will shine on you.”
[12] For * it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

How far do we take this?
Should we avoid books that “profane” God or discuss things we know are not according to God’s truth? “It’s just entertainment” – “It’s the normal language of the character” –

That TV show we are watching presents a “lifestyle and/or relationship” that we know is diametrically opposed to the Word of God – should we turn it off, not watch it?

“it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret”.

How about the news – when media is openly anti-God? Should we turn it off?

[29] * Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give * grace to those who hear. [30] And * do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, * by whom you were sealed for the day of * redemption.

Are we “grieving the Spirit of God” in what we hear say and do?

Holiness Is Not Optional

Monday, May 1, 2017

8:08 AM

  • What is holiness
  • Why is something holy
  • Who is or should be holy
  • Where Holy? Or When? Does it matter?
  • Justifying My unholiness?
  • More questions
  • Acting on what I know!?