Let me just start with this disclaimer:
I am praying that the Lord reaches you through this post and gives loving conviction to prompt change where change is needed.
Being an avid Facebook user, I see various posts from people ranging from the good and godly to the bad and concerning. I absolutely LOVE seeing posts of scriptures that have touched someone or that they have studied and explain what it means to them,
BUT I am soon confused.
Those same people are praising Rhianna and Beyonce, talking about going to the club, posting themselves drinking and drunk. While I appreciate their transparency, we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). When asked about their activity the usual response is “The Lord knows my heart.”
We are right to say that, but do we really understand what it means?
The Lord knows my heart… Ok…
Where do opinions come from?
Your opinion is your decision or your stance on something whether it’s factual or not. Majority of the time you won’t allow someone to change your opinion unless they have strong evidence to persuade you that your opinion was wrong and you should believe the facts presented instead. So it’s safe to say you feel strongly about it. When you feel strongly about something you have a connection with it, often times you love what you’re connected to, meaning your opinions come from your heart.
So… If your opinion and The Word don’t match, your heart and the Word don’t match, which means Jesus knows you are NOT Kingdom-minded…
Are you satisfied with that?
At one point in time I would use “The Lord knows my heart” to justify my sinful actions. My boyfriend at the time would do the same (to continue having sex with me, obviously). But even that didn’t make sense after a while. There comes a time when you feel the Lord’s conviction so heavily upon you, you can’t do anything but change. You get queasy when the Pastor starts speaking ABOUT ANYTHING! You’re about to commit your sin and you get nauseous. OR, the game changer for me, you don’t get the same pleasure out of your sin as you once did.
Many people try to justify premarital sex, drinking, secular music as “evolutions” of this world we live in. But that’s just it, they are evolutions OF THIS WORLD, we are called to be in, BUT NOT OF this world! So why are we using the world to justify our actions when the bible clearly tells us not to in Romans 12:2?
Different strokes for different folks – a common phrase used when we don’t necessarily agree with the way someone does something, or when someone doesn’t agree with what we are doing…
But wait a minute, we’re supposed to be following Jesus, right? So our opinions shouldn’t be different from one another, but different from the non-believers. As Christians, our opinions should be the same, because they are following that of Jesus Himself! There shouldn’t be head bumping over tattoos, secular music, premarital sex, getting drunk, abortions… This has all already been outlined for us.
Others may say that secular music, drinking, premarital sex doesn’t interfere with their relationship with Christ.
I thought so too. Until I was so ashamed of my sin I couldn’t even get on my knees to pray. I couldn’t even bow my head and mumble. I couldn’t even utter the words as my face lie buried in my pillow at night. I was ashamed. Embarrassed to go before God. Not only to voice what I had done, but repent. I wouldn’t pray because I wasn’t ready to repent, I felt there was more fun to have.
I was a slave to sin.
It had taken over! That freedom we have through Jesus became a captivity of sin because I couldn’t fix my mouth to repent and not go back.
We have to realize something, God gave us free will BUT that doesn’t mean we SHOULD do everything that we can.
1 Corinthians 6:12-14 says “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.” (KJV)
The NIV in verse 12 says “I have the right to do anything, you say—but not everything is beneficial…”
Not everything is beneficial.
Ok, so that music artist said “Jesus” once in an interview four years ago, but she’s dressing scantily (causing her brother to lust/ causing her sister to covet), talking about sex, partying, drinking, money, drugs…
Romans 14:13 NIV
“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”
We know lusting and coveting are sins. Therefore, the message being portrayed is a stumbling block and NOT beneficial!
Trust me, I have played a part in many sins, I have attempted to justify several actions, but justification takes a lot of work. Why not let your life speak for itself?
Often times the sin we fall into is because of past hurts or situations we haven’t allowed God to heal us from. This was definitely the case with me. Once I made that decision to STOP, God revealed so much to me. Things I would have never thought of that were covered up by my sin. That’s the enemy’s way of keeping you captive. His intention is to hide those hurtful situations deep down so you keep piling more and more on top of them so they don’t resurface. But God wants to tear down those situations, restore your heart, emotions, and joy so you can live the fulfilling life He has designed for you. Which is why it is so important to remain (or become, if you’re not there yet) Kingdom-minded. Stop having sex if you’re not married, if your partner doesn’t agree with you, FINE. There is someone better qualified for you. Throw that music out, don’t flood your mind with the things of this world. Stop drinking. Life is a gift to be remembered, not drowned in a bottle.