August 8, 2008

Don't Let It Be Named Among You

Okay so here we go with too little time and way to much to write about. Ephesians 5:3-6 strikes right at the heart of my life for the past year. I'm not going to be able to go into great detail as to why I feel these verses apply to me so strongly, but the jail was a rough place, with foul language, crude conversation, and filthy talk. I did, for my first year, stand out from the group. They all knew I didn't cuss or participate in the joking and dirty talk. Things like, "Hold on, Burch is here and won't want to hear this one," were said a lot my first year. Then I started to let my guard down. The second year I started to laugh at the jokes and even started adding to conversations I should not have been part of.

Fast forward to now, a new job with new people and a kind of "redo" for me. Since I didn't do what verse 7 tells me to do and "not associate with them" (the people involved in this filthiness) God removed me from the jail. But even in this business professional environment, there are still opportunities for me to fail God in these ways. The scariest part is that people involved in this sin have "no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God." We have to flee from this. Things mentioned in this passage that we need to flee from are sexual immorality, all impurity, COVETOUSNESS (dang, I want a lot of "stuff" people have), filthiness, foolish talk, crude joking (darn sense of humor crossing the line too often). These are all things we all struggle with but we need to STOP!!!!!!!! If we are still struggling with these sins, we need to take a good hard look at our relationship with God.

Do you have a relationship with God? Are you working on improving it every day? The Word of God is so important. Like the reformers of the 16th century, we need to be reading the Word, praying the Word, singing the Word, preaching the Word. And then we need to apply the Word to our daily lives.

Praise God for His Word.

***I had other issues with this post so please don't concern yourself with errors in grammar or formatting. Sometimes the Internet is a beast. (not the beast, LOL)

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