113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
118 Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
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People, today, are not afraid of most anything, let alone God’s judgment! To them, God is a “figure head” and a religious thought – “He doesn’t really exist, does He”? But just in case, they will muster up some “fire insurance” to hopefully keep them from going to Hell. And, really now, this loving God would never cast anyone into Hell, would He? This is pretty much the mentality of the unsaved individual. There are also those who just do not believe there is a God, let alone fear Him. Why reverence/fear something you don’t believe in? In fact, the average person doesn’t fear law enforcement officers like they did just 30-40 years ago. The respect and fear for authority is almost a thing of the past.
I’m not going to cover Hell or God’s judgment on the unsaved world in today’s post. However, I merely wanted to emphasize how little today’s born-again believer trembles for fear of God and His judgments, let alone the unsaved world. If the believer did, there would be more righteous living going on, wouldn’t there? There would be a separated people making an impact on the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not only in word but in their testimony! What happened to being able to tell someone was a Christian because they lived like a Christian?
On the most part, today’s Christian is worldly. He is content to enjoy the world’s pleasures and indulge, all under the guise of Christian liberty. This breaks my heart because this was never practiced by Jesus Christ, or His disciples. In fact, they were first named “Christians” in Antioch. We can read about this in Acts 11. In fact, why not take a moment to read that Chapter and see why they were named this? Does this definition resemble your Christian walk? The Christians at Antioch were making an impact on their city! People’s lives were changing because of them! Are people’s lives changing because of you?
Who should we be patterning our lives after? Should we be listening to famous preachers of today? Should we pattern our lives according to our Pastor? What happens when that preacher goes astray? Our pattern is torn – so where do we go now? Granted, the Apostle Paul told his followers to do as he did in I Corinthians 11:1, but that statement was followed by: “even as I also am of Christ.” He wasn’t telling people to have blind faith in a preacher but to follow that preacher IF “he is of Christ.” How can one be certain their Pastor is following after Christ? The Holy Spirit, who resides within you, will show you through the word of God, friend! What you hear from the pulpit will match what is in your Bible!
Better yet, rather than looking to man for answers, why not look to Jesus Christ? His walk here on earth was perfect, was it not? He led a sinless life, did He not? His word contains truth, does it not? Then why in the world would you want to pattern your Christian walk according to someone who does not pattern his life to Christ? I have personally seen the pastor of a church drinking a beer and speaking vulgar slang words! Is this the type of pastor that patterns his life to Christ? Is this the type of pastor who should be leading other Christians? This is not Christian liberty, my friend. NO WHERE in Scripture is there an account of any disciple (after Christ’s Ascension) getting tipsy and using the Lord’s name in vain or vulgar language. There is, however, an account of a man and his wife lying and struck down dead because of it!
The Lord Jesus Christ calls us to be different! Titus 2:14 and I Peter 2:9 say we are to be a peculiar people. That word means different or set apart to Him. Our Saviour gave Himself for us, redeemed us from ALL iniquity, and purified us unto Himself so that we would be zealous of GOOD works and we would show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! Does that sound like Christians who would want to cuss, drink, compromise God’s word – all in the name of Christian liberty? Galatians 5:1 speaks of a Christian’s liberty. However, this liberty is freedom from the yoke of bondage of the Law. Christ sets us free to experience true freedom and liberty – freedom from the Law that even the Jews could not keep – a freedom from knowing that nothing we do can measure up to God. Our liberty is in Jesus Christ because He paid it all! He did not give us liberty to act like the world! His liberty is in the ability to say no to sin! He gave us a new life, II Corinthians 5:17, which gives us freedom from such things!
We are warned in God’s word that there are false teachers in our midst who want to lead those tender new Christians and weak Christians astray. In fact, they are so cunning that they even lead the “seasoned” Christian astray as well (II Peter 2:1-3). How can one recognize a false teacher? Get in the word of God, Christian! The more you read it, the more you will be able to recognize a fraud when you hear one! The expert in counterfeit money doesn’t study the counterfeit bills; he studies the real thing in order to recognize the fake! Become an expert at recognizing counterfeit preachers!
How does one prevent being led astray? Do not follow man but follow after the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only one who has led a sinless life and is the only one who can lead us in the paths of righteousness. He has called us to lead separated lives – not compromise! Take a moment to read: II Corinthians 6:14-17, I Thessalonians 5:22, II Thessalonians 3:13-15, II Thessalonians 3:6, II Timothy 3:10-14, Ephesians 5:11-18.
Is it any wonder why the Psalmist kept turning to God’s word? He encountered the enemy at every turn but yet he kept strong in the word of God! Why? The Psalmist feared God’s judgment more than his enemy, that’s why. So where does that put us? Do we tremble at the thought of God’s judgment as it relates to our compromise? If we did, we would not be compromising but would be living that “peculiar” life that Christ called us to live. We would not be trying to cover our sin under the title, “Christian liberty.” I’m led to believe that “Christian Liberty” is the new definition for compromise! If you do drink alcohol, Christian, and say you’re not drinking to the point of drunkeness (which you know is spoken evil of in the word), what about your brother in Christ? What if your brother in Christ sees you having a fun time, will he know if you’re having wholesome fun or will he think you just had a few drinks? This analogy can be applied to many areas of our life!
Study the word of God, Christian, before you pattern your life after what the world considers O.K.! It’s not them you will be standing before when you die!