Friday, June 18, 2010

THERE ARE SOME THINGS A CHRISTIAN WON'T DO

We have learned more about Joram van der Sloot, the young man from Holland who jet sets around the world to gamble, drink, and kill: he is an Agnostic. He just doesn't know if there is a God. I think he's pretty much made a decision on what he believes. And not surprisingly, according to his online Facebook information he likes to make trouble and if he were an animal, he says it would be the snake. By his own description, we wouldn't be surprised that he is also a murderer. The godless have not morals. In 2005 he was the suspect in the disappearance of Natalie Holloway, but he got off with a little help from Aruba.

This is interesting because there are some things that a Christian won't do. A Christian could not gallivant about like Mr. Joram to womanize, drink, and gamble. It's not in the nature of a Christian.

Malachi writes about some people of Israel who were dealing treacherously with their Brothers and with their wives by abandoning them and remarrying foreign women. But Malachi adds this: "15 But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit" (Mal. 2:15). Not one! The Israelites who loved God and desired to be righteous could not do such a thing as carnal men do.

Paul reminded the Christians of the same thing that when we have the mind of Christ, it shows in the walk. There are some things that a Christian won't do. This is where the naive or the justifiers of sin interject with statements like, "No one is perfect", or "Are you saying that Christians don't make mistakes?" These things are off point and only serve to confuse the message. It is not I who said, "not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit". When men have the spirit of Christ, they do the things of Christ and they abhor the deeds of darkness. If a Christian does such things as "deal treacherously" with their wives, they do not have the spirit of Christ, they have departed from the truth are like unfaithful Israel.

Paul said in Romans, "5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit" (Rom. 8:5). Every single person has his mind in one place or the other - there is no third place to set your mind. The mind set on the flesh brings spiritual separation from God and "the mind set on the spirit brings life and peace" (8:6). These and other passages in Scripture teach us that Agnostics, Atheists, and Hedonists have their minds set on the things of the flesh and it is not a surprise that they do the things of the flesh. But a Christian is different and cannot do such things as long as his mind is set on the things of the spirit.

If you would glorify God, then set your mind on the things of Christ. Choose to live a life that is characteristic of Christ and because of Him there are some things you won't do and some places you won't go. God bless, Dan
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