Monday, September 4, 2023

We do not Define Morality, God DID

We do not Define Morality, God DID.
by David Brenneman 

Many many people in this world, in reality both Believers and the unbelieving, have their own definition of morality.  The truth of the Scriptures is two-fold...everyone tends to do whatever is right in their own eyes and God has written what constitutes morality.  

We are a world of people who want what they want when they wanted it.  We want recognition, that sometimes ever elusive title.  We want degrees or accolades.  Want our fondest desires to be ours for the taking.  

What does the Bible say?  More specifically what does Jesus say?  

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." Matthew 16:24.

We are also a world that justifies our actions.  We do what we do because it's what we want.  

Doesn't stack up to what we just read, does it?

We listen to the wrong people at times rather than the One who sacrificed Himself to save humanity.   We should never desire things or pursue a future that disregards God's will and purpose for us.

It may look awesome and terrific at the onset, but it will come with pitfalls. The Prodigal Son started off very well in his life apart from His Father's will.  It isn't surprising that even Believers go through seasons of being Prodigal's.  I certainly have.  I highly doubt that I would be immune to it happening again.  We can even provide evidence that God's "blessing" our choices and decisions.  

But the truth is if there's even a single point or area that is in violation of His Word...then it's the path of the Prodigal starting.  Little by little the Spirit will begin to turn up the heat.  

We don't define what's right or wrong in life.  The Spirit says...we do. The Spirit teaches, we learn.  What the Spirit teaches we're to live out.  

There's many examples in the Old Testament of how sinning in a single sin caused great turmoil for centuries afterwards.  David and Bathsheba is probably one of the biggest.  Saul's sin at the beginning of his being King is another. 

A single unconfessed sin will alter our lives in ways that are totally avoidable. 

Clinging to what we want when we want it rather than what we agreed to in Christ Jesus will get us in trouble.  

Our world is playing with the fire of AI. Artificial Intelligence.  Trying to write the world's idea of morality into a code for this program to use.  

We see governments trying to legislate morality.  We see families torn apart because of one side or the other standing on false morality.  

Regardless of what we think, Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  His words will not change.  His will WILL be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  We aren't here on Earth to get what we want when we want it.  We aren't going to succeed at our ideas of right and wrong.  

The Disciples had to adopt a new way of thinking when they followed Jesus.  Had to stop thinking and doing what they would naturally had been doing in life in favor of obedience to Jesus. 

Do whatever is right in God's eyes, according to His purpose and plan for you and leave the consequences to Him.  

It will never include anything that violates the Word of God.  Regardless of how it will make you feel, regardless of how many great things you think you are doing for God...if it violates His Word in even 1 aspect, your wasting your time.  The Spirit WILL keep opening that particular door in your life over and over again until you address that area. 

It's on us to obey, not to rewrite, the Word of God.  It's on us to trust and obey.  

Are there things in your life that you're avoiding that the Spirit is trying to get you to confess?  Are you doing your own thing regardless of His pointing out that thing or area?  

Stop.  Take a lesson from Jonah.  

Jesus said that not one single area of the Bible that will ever be broken. His Word will be true at all times. 

If the world would see...
If Believer's would see...

When we stand before Jesus...will there be shame on our part?  Jesus knows our hearts. Even those parts we hide from ourselves and others including Him. 

Our own definition of morality will not change, will not alter the outcome. 

As someone once said, be careful of what you wish for, you might get it.  Then you get the consequences of it.  

There's heavy consequences to disobedience to God in even one area of life that we insist on living our way.  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. 

Don't redefine your sin to make it bearable to live with for your conscience sake.  

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." Matthew 16:24.

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. Lockman Foundation.

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