TUESDAY November 21, 2017
Judge the Matter
….that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. - 1 Corinthians 5:3
It was while Paul was away that he had heard about the sexual immorality in the Corinthian church. He knew about a man sleeping with his step-mother, and it had become common knowledge among the Corinthian believers; yet, nobody was doing anything about it. Paul needed to address the issue, as the leadership was not standing for righteousness; there was no true holiness in the church.
If a man is called to be in the ministry, they need to have integrity and walk in holiness. They should not counsel women alone or continually, and it should be in public, when other people are there––never alone. For accountability, men should not go out to lunch with other women. It is important to have accountability and integrity in our lives.
I personally do not go to movies; I have made that decision in my life. Why? If I was buying popcorn and there was a bad movie playing, even though I was not going to see that movie, people might see me, not knowing which movie I was going to––then there goes my witness. I am a shepherd––a pastor. I need to count the cost if I want the power of the Holy Spirit to preach. As a pastor, I need to be an example and live what I preach. I have to watch what I do and where I go. Remember, “to much is given, much more is required.” You need to live the Christian life too.
Be careful, because once people see you compromising, they will mark you for the rest of your life as an ungodly person who walks in the flesh and not in the Spirit. Understand that whatever you are doing it is in front of God. He is the one who sees; He is the one who hears; He is omnipresent. God keeps the records––not me.
What kind of movies do you watch? What kind of music do you listen to?
Abstain from every form of evil.
~1 Thessalonians 5:22~
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