Turning away from ungodliness – Part 3
There is wickedness and deceit of all types going on around us today. Some commit murder, some steal God’s money in different ways and others are covetous. There are nudeness, blasphemy, pride and spiritual foolishness going on everywhere. This is not the foolishness of not knowing and understanding your courses, rather a foolishness of not understanding spiritual things.
This was what Apostle Paul was referring to when he said some people are ever learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7). Such people are ever learning, but never able to grasp spiritual things. They continue to be ordinary men all the way. But when you have given your life to Jesus Christ, you are not just an ordinary man but a child of God. Something has happened in you and you are now the temple of the Holy Ghost.
This horrendous problem called sin has to be taken care of in anyone’s life. As God looked into the hearts of men everywhere in the world and sees these wickedness, He says if this is not removed from man, there is no hope at all for him to make heaven. God cannot do anything for any man living in sin. If your life has been overtaken by sin, there is nothing God can do with you.
One of the catalogues of sins is evil thought. Thinking evil against your neighbor and making evil plans against one another are not pleasing to God. Do not allow this! Without holiness every other things becomes mere stupid.
Today some believers in Jesus Christ do not blink an eyelid when they are caught in adultery. They look at the church authorities with boldness; they are not worried, or disturbed about it. They just do not care!
How can you be a child of God and live in adultery? How can adultery become your trademark as a believer? From the beginning when God gave the law to Moses in Exodus Chapter 20, He made it plain: “Thou shall not commit adultery,” but some people are indulging in it. Why do you leave your wife and begin to pursue other people’s wives or husbands, or other people’s daughters? Why? It is because you have allowed the devil to take control of your life.
The situation is so bad that you remember that one of the Apostles said that there are some people whose eyes are filled with adultery. They are in the church and regarded as good members. When a man’s eyes are filled with adultery, of course, he will never inherit the kingdom of God.
We are running a heavenly race. It is the race for the kingdom of God.
It is the race for heaven and that is why we have abandoned all the attractions of the world to wholly serve God. We know where we are going to and we do not want anything that the devil is planting anywhere to distract us.
We refused to be attracted by them because they are not in our interest whether today, tomorrow or forever. We have personally, intelligently, voluntarily, willfully and joyfully made our choices. We have made a happy choice to give our lives to Christ and to abandon all those things out there.
• Today’s Nugget: make a happy choice and follow Jesus Christ. Prayer: Lord help me to live for Jesus Christ. Prayer lines: 08054477940. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria.