Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lying With Our Lives...

Ok, guys, I didn't say lying with our wives so don't get so worked up...  In Titus the Apostle Paul gives a good warning to believers who don't really believe.  Check this out:

15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.  -Titus 1:15-16 NLT

Have you ever found yourself saying one thing and doing another?  Yeah, that's the whole struggle with the Christian life.  Jesus says one thing and we really, really want to pursue the exact opposite.  The Apostle Paul also struggled with that...  Check out Romans 7:14-25.  That's the danger in saying we believe in something or in our case someone.

If we say we believe something our lives should reflect what we believe. For instance, if we believe that debt is bad, we'll do everything in our power to get rid of debt. That means getting another job, selling the stuff that put us in debt, and deciding ahead of time to live within our means. Often times, though, this doesn't translate in our faith.  We say we believe in Jesus but we do the exact opposite of what he calls us to do.

Even worse, we put hidden expectations on those around us to act a certain way even when we ourselves aren't living out the very thing we expect of others.  That's what Paul was warning against in his letter to Titus.

Paul makes it clear that those who claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live are detestable, disobedient, and worthless.  Ouch!  That hurts because we've all been there.

Are you there today?  If so, what do you need to do to allow God to make your heart pure?  Repent? Ask forgiveness from someone? Ask Jesus to take full control?

If you've been there, what have you done to get past this hypocritical position? (Encourage us by commenting below!)

It's time for us to stop lying with our lives and start living in the power of the Spirit!

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