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Welcome and happy Sabbath. : ) A cloudy day today and a bit colder than yesterday but we'll take it!
I wanted to share a few things that can help us all to stay sensible in a world where anything goes:
1. Don't say what God would not want you to say. All of us, at some time or other, have been known to say things that we shouldn't have said. We get caught up in the emotion of the situation and instead of removing ourselves from the situation for a while until we can gather our thoughts, out comes the words that we can never take back. We can say we're sorry and that's a very good thing but those words are still out there and often recollected later.
2. Don't do what God would not want you to do. This should be a no-brainer but we often do things that are a fine line to many. I always like to say that we need to remember that Jesus is in the room so what would you refrain from doing in front of Jesus?
3. Don't act the way God would not want you to act. How many of us have been angry and frustrated with people we know and then turn around and act as if we're the nicest people in the world to those who don't know us at all? Or, how many of us act as if we're better than someone else just because we live in a "better" house, or have a "better" job, or make more money and boast about it?
4. Don't read what God would not want you to read. Again, God knows everything so it stands to reason that if you're reading something you shouldn't be reading, He knows. We are to be pure in heart and if we're reading trashy novels or trashy magazines, we aren't being sensible and it will harm us rather than help us.
5. Don't go where God would not want you to go. I heard this a long time ago and it made such sense to me - if you are a follower of Jesus and the Holy Spirit lives within you, who of you would even think about going into a night club or a bar? It doesn't speak to who we are or who we should be. I know that a lot of restaurants now have a restaurant and they also have a bar and I really don't like that but some have the bar part away from the restaurant so you can't see it. But I'm talking about JUST a bar and/or JUST a night club. I don't think that, if the Holy Spirit lives within us, we should be taking Him into these places - or I should say, we shouldn't even have the desire to go into these places!!!!!! If the old has gone and the new has come, our "new self" shouldn't even think about it.
6. Don't watch what God would not want you to watch. I can't watch TV anymore. I have been convicted that there is nothing reasonable to watch. Some programs start out harmless and then slowly they sneak in some bad language, and then some sex, and then some off-color humor. We don't have cable and that's fine with me!!!! I'm very particular about what I view - we end up buying seasons of When Calls The Heart, or The Walton's, or Little House on the Prairie, or movies that have been recommended to us. It may sounds boring, but the older I get boring is just fine. I'm not going to sit and watch something that is not edifying.
7. Don't listen to what God would not want you to listen to. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and, especially the 70's, music was getting quite sensuous and sensual and it aroused feelings that young people aren't able to handle without wisdom and maturity. Sometimes I will hear a song from back then and I'm transported back to a time and a place that I would rather forget about. It was sinful behavior and to call it anything else would not be truthful. Now, as a Christian, I love listening to the Christian radio stations, or at home I listen to classical music while homemaking - no questionable lyrics there!!!!!
8. Don't wear what God would not want you to wear. This "I can wear anything I want" attitude with women now drives me crazy. Ladies..............cleavage and the curvature of your bottom should not be seen by others! It's totally inappropriate. If you are married, your husband should be the only one seeing this. If you are not married, it's the wrong way to attract a man. I don't go to a fitness club but what I hear is that women pretty much wear things that, at one time, used to be known as underwear. It leaves VERY little to the imagination. I see women out with their husbands and, seriously, I can't believe their husbands are comfortable with other men ogling their wives. I've seen teenagers with their parents and I can't believe the parents are okay with their girls showing parts of their body that should not be shown. Christian women represent God and our wardrobe should show restraint and decency. We also represent our families and our wardrobe should be flattering, not embarrassing.
We need to be different than what the world says we should be. Let's watch our speech, our deeds, our actions, our entertainment, our private lives, our appearance. Let's be wise, mature, and sensible women. Women that God can look at with favor and be a blessing to Him. It's not easy because the pulls of the world are strong, but we can be stronger! That's my assignment for you and my encouragement to you - and God will bless your efforts. : )