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Love Not The World…

1 John 2:15-16
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
ESV

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ESV

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. AMP

John Calvin

By the world understand everything connected with the present life, apart from the kingdom of God and the hope of eternal life. So he includes in it corruptions of every kind, and the abyss of all evils. In the world are pleasures, delights, and all those allurements by which man is captivated, so as to withdraw himself from God.”

Charles Spurgeon on Romans 12:2

Then come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing. Would you attain the full assurance of faith? you cannot gain it while you commune with sinners. Would you flame with vehement love? your love will be damped by the drenchings of godless society. You cannot become a great Christian—you may be a babe in grace, but you never can be a perfect man in Christ Jesus while you yield yourself to the worldly maxims and modes of business of men of the world. It is ill for an heir of heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of hell. It has a bad look when a courtier is too intimate with his king’s enemies. Even small inconsistencies are dangerous. Little thorns make great blisters, little moths destroy fine garments, and little frivolities and little rogueries will rob religion of a thousand joys. O professor, too little separated from sinners, you know not what you lose by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength, and makes you creep where you ought to run. Then, for your own comfort’s sake, and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one. (from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening)

Who do you love?
The World ?
Or the Father?
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We Should Watch What We Watch – Take Heed What You See

Yesterday I posted about Take Heed What You Read – AW Pink where you should give heed to what you fill your mind with as you read.

Here is a good quote from Spurgeon about the same subject that “One Mouthful Is Quite Enough“.  Be sure to think about the meat analogy.

But not only do we need to watch what we read, we also need to seriously watch what we see. An image can stick with you for a lifetime. Dea in her post For His Glory…By His Grace….We Finally Cut the Cable!, expresses well why we should watch what we watch.

I think the movie industry understands why we had cable tv. for so long, they refer to it as “our viewing pleasure”

But was it pleasurable? Did we truly enjoy watching and listening to the very things that God hates? No way! We came to understand that the only reason we as Christians would desire to sit in front of the above list is because of the lusts of our unredeemed flesh. (The lust of the flesh, the lust of eyes, the boastful pride of life) The flesh that said ” OH, that looks so good, that will make me feel so good, OH, I need to see that, It will let me hold my head up high, I deserve to relax!, It’s “me” time, etc….) The Bible says in 2 Tim. 3 that in the last days men will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God and then it goes on to say say we are to avoid such men as these. So how are we as Christians to deal with the (defeated) unredeemed flesh?

Be sure to read the whole post and see if you can justify continuing to allow the poison in for your family.

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Who Have You Given Your Children To?

This may seem harsh, but the conclusion I have arrived at, over the years, is that if you, as a Christian, are sending your children to public school you are, at the very least, giving your children a potential disadvantage and strikes against them in their Christian walk. At the worse, you are disobeying God and offering your children up to idols for the sake of money, time, or a pagan education. See the statements that Voddie Baucham makes concerning public schools in this video.




Voddie Baucham’s Book Family Driven Faith is one of the best modern parenting books I have read. My husband even says the same thing.

If you are a parent or a pastor this book is worth reading. Parents need to think about all the preconceived notions their public school education has left them with concerning parenting. Pastors need to see how churches have been influenced my man’s opinions and the public school mentality for years. We as Christians are losing our children! According to research 70 – 88 percent of our “Christian” children are leaving the church by their second year in college.

Almost 9 out of 10 children are rejecting the faith their parents have thought they taught them.

I will post more about the book over the next few days.


Thank You to Lady of Virtue for the video.


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Perils of Pride #5: A Case Study

Daniel 4:29-37

29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,
30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”
31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.
32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.
34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”
36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.
37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
(NIV)

The first four chapters of the book of Daniel provide for us a biography of a man who, by all accounts, spent the majority of his life bound by the sin of pride. This person was King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. We are told by historians that Nebuchadnezzar reigned over Babylon for some 45 years. The first four chapters of the book of Daniel provide us “snapshots” of events which occurred during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. For instance, in the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of a statue with a head of gold. When the prophet Daniel interprets the dream, he tells Nebuchadnezzar “You are that head of gold.” This is recorded for us in Daniel chapter 2. Then, some sixteen years later, Nebuchadnezzar sets up a statue covered with gold ninety feet high and attempts to force all his nobles to worship it. We know what happens. Three Jews, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refuse to worship the statue and are thrown in a fiery furnace. When they are not killed, Nebuchadnezzar calls them out of the furnace and praises their God, the one true and living God. These events are recorded in Daniel chapter 3.

However, it is Daniel chapter 4 where we will focus our attention today. We are not given a time reference for Daniel chapter 4, but the chapter contains the last recorded events in the Bible of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar and it spans some eight years of time. Daniel chapter 4 records the events of a man who is consumed with pride and is humbled by God. The chapter begins with another of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams. This time the dream is of a great tree which reached to the heavens and filled the earth, until it was cut down, leaving only a stump. The image shifts from a tree to a man who is made to be like a beast for seven years. Once again, Daniel interprets the dream and counsels Nebuchadnezzar to repent of his sins before the things described in the dream happen to him. And that brings us to the verses which are quoted at the beginning of the study, Daniel 4:29-37.

In verses 29-30, we read that all that the angel had prophesied against Nebuchadnezzar in his dream came to pass after twelve months. Notice the circumstances that precipitated the fulfillment of the prophecy. Nebuchadnezzar was walking on the roof of his palace. Looking around at the great city of Babylon, he utters the words we read in verse 30. “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (NIV) It is Nebuchadnezzar’s pride that causes his downfall. In Daniel chapter 4 verses 24-27, Daniel has told Nebuchadnezzar that everything Nebuchadnezzar had came from God – that God gives such to anyone he wishes. Daniel urged Nebuchadnezzar to repent. But instead, Nebuchadnezzar claims that he derived his majesty and that Babylon derived in grandeur from the power of Nebuchadnezzar himself.

At that very moment, a voice was heard from heaven which announced that the prophecy against Nebuchadnezzar would be immediately fulfilled. In Daniel 4:31-33, we read that a heavenly edict was pronounced against Nebuchadnezzar. His authority was removed and a form of madness came over Nebuchadnezzar so that he became like a beast of the field.

Fortunately for Nebuchadnezzar, the story does not end at verse 33. In verses 34-37, we read of the restoration of Nebuchadnezzar. Just as the messenger of heaven promised, after seven years, his sanity was restored, and his kingdom was restored. Notice the sequence of events which occurs in verse 34. First, Nebuchadnezzar raises his eyes towards heaven. It has been said that an ox never looks up. But after seven years of eating grass, Nebuchadnezzar finally looks up to heaven. God then restored Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity. Next, Nebuchadnezzar praised God. Specifically, Nebuchadnezzar praises God just as he heard from the angel eight years before. He praised God because His dominion is the only one which is eternal, and he praises God because God does just as he pleases in heaven and among the peoples of the earth.

We read in Daniel 4:36 that God also restored Nebuchadnezzar’s honor and splendor. The king’s old advisors and nobles sought him out and restored him to the throne. And we read that Nebuchadnezzar became greater than he ever was before.

Verse 37 has an appropriate ending for this story. “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” (NIV) Nebuchadnezzar has learned three lessons from what happened to him over these eight years. First, Nebuchadnezzar learned how to praise God instead of praising himself. Second, Nebuchadnezzar learned that everything that God does is right and just. Notice that we hear no words of complaint from Nebuchadnezzar about his eight years of insanity. And third, Nebuchadnezzar learned that God is able to humble those who are proud. Nebuchadnezzar is the #1 exhibit of the lengths that God will go to in order to break the pride of a person.

What can we learn about the sin of pride which is applicable to our lives from the story of Nebuchadnezzar? After all, none of us is a king or queen ruling the majority of the known world in our time. Let’s look again at verse 30. “he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (NIV) None of us has built a great city as a royal palace as an edifice of our own majesty. Or have we? Maybe not with our hands, but perhaps within our heart. I personally have built for myself an statue of gold ninety feet high within my own heart where I worship what I have and the things that I have done (see 1 John 2:16). What do I sacrifice to this idol of my pride? I make regular sacrifices of applauding myself for being a better person than other people. I make regular sacrifices of serving my own needs, desires, and lusts rather than focusing on the glorification of Jesus Christ and the welfare of others. I make regular sacrifices of flaunting and abusing the authority that God has entrusted to me in my family, in my job, and at church. I make regular sacrifices of hurting those people who are closest to me. Perhaps you can identify a similar idol, which you have constructed within your heart.

What can we do about this idol to our pride which we have constructed within our heart? Consider with me the words of the Apostle Paul as recorded in Romans 12:1-3:

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
(NIV)

Paul gives us a four fold exhortation for battling the pride in our heart. First, Paul says that we should worship God by offering up our bodies as a living sacrifice. This means that we should give up our rebellion against God and submit to His lordship of our lives. Being a living sacrifice to God means that we must strive to offer up a life which is holy and which is pleasing to God. If we live our lives in a manner to please ourselves, or in a manner to please other people, we are probably not living a life, which is holy and pleasing to God.

Second, Paul says that turn our minds away from the pattern of this world by the transforming power of God. We need to have our minds renewed. Most of us have been so immersed in the sins of our culture that only the cleansing power of God can remove the filth. And how does God renew our mind? I believe that the primary way God renews our mind is by the Word of God. Or, in a simpler term, through reading the Bible. There are other ways, of course, but I believe that the Bible is the primary thing God uses to renew our minds.

Third, Paul says that we should actively seek to know and do the will of God. That means we must turn away from doing our own will and be ready to fully accept whatever it is that God has in mind for us. I have a deep appreciation for the way Paul describes the will of God in Romans 12:2 – good, pleasing, and perfect. How can my will compare to the will of God? My own will is never good. It seeks to do evil. My own will seeks to please myself, but rarely does for any length of time. My own will usually leads to disaster. Why would I want to follow my own will when God’s will for me is good, pleasing, and perfect?

Fourth, Paul says that we should put away our tendency of thinking too much of ourselves. Rather, we should look at ourselves with sober judgment that recognizes that we are nothing without the gift of faith, which God has bestowed on those he has called.

By Berean Husband

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What Idol Have You Made?

We studied about the Ten Commandments Sunday night. That particular night was focused on Exodus 20:4-6. Sitting there reading the verses while everyone was discussing the idols we make and worship, I was drawn to the portion that is usually left out of the Ten Commandments Exodus 20:5-6. Here are the KJV and NIV versions.

Ex 20:4-6
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
KJV

Ex 20:4-6
4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments. NIV

The biggest problem facing the church today is the lack of true Biblical faith. Our churches have made an idol of God – the God that they like, as opposed to the God revealed in the Bible. Years ago the God that people believed in was mostly the jealous and judgmental God of the “fire and brimstone” preachers. But today the God that most churches worship is the Loving God. The slogan verse for these churches is 1 John 4:16 “God is love.” Which God is. But when you ignore everything else His Word reveals about His character, then you have created an idol.

When you focus on one portion of the character of God to the exclusion of all others than you have something different than the whole. It would be similar to describing me to another person and only using the adjective female. That would be accurate but would fall far short of the truth of who I am.

I found it very interesting that the Lord pointed out two specific characteristics of His in the commandment to not create and worship idols. He was clear that He was a jealous God who will punish those who sin. He was also clear that He is a merciful God to those who love him and keep His commandments.

Unless the God you worship is both Jealous, Merciful (Loving) and all other characteristics described in the Bible then you have created an idol to worship.

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Principles of Holiness – Principle 2

Holiness Principle #2 – The Christian is called to be separate from worldliness.

    

2 Corinthians 6:14-18

 

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (NIV)

 

First, let there be no misunderstanding by what is meant by the word “separate.” Some might think that this means we must withdraw ourselves from society and live our lives in a monastery or a convent. That is not what is meant by the word “separate.” And others might think that this means we should shun all modern technology and conveniences and go back to a pioneer lifestyle, like the Amish. Although this seems attractive at times, like when everything you have breaks, that is not what is meant by the word “separate” either. The word “separate” here is the Greek word “aphorize”, and it means to “set off by a boundary.” If you look closely at the word, you can see our word “horizon” in it. In other words, we as Christians are called to have a set of godly convictions which sets up a boundary to separate us from the ungodly activities which occupy the attention of the rest of the world. With this is in mind, let’s look at 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and understand the nature of the separation from this world which the Christian is required to have.

 

We often hear the first part of verse 14 lifted somewhat out of context and applied to the matter of marriage. It is usually quoted from the KJV. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (KJV) We have been told that this means that a Christian should not marry a person who is not a Christian. But that is just one application of the underlying principle found in verses 14-18. Let’s look at this idea in context.

 

The first part of this underlying principle is that there are some things that just do not mix. Just like oil and water do not mix physically, there are also things which do not mix spiritually. This first idea is found in these verses in a series of five questions that Paul poses to the reader. We see these five questions in verses 14-16. Let’s look at these five questions and determine how the Christian should answer them.

 

The first question asks us: What do righteousness and wickedness have in common? If you as a believer desire to have the righteousness of Christ, how much room is there in your life for wickedness?

 

The second question asks us: What fellowship can light have with darkness? It is impossible for light and darkness to commingle. This is true physically. But this is also true spiritually. Listen to the words of Jesus from John 3:19-21 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (NIV) It is impossible for the believer to love the darkness one day and the light the next day.

 

The third question asks us: What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? The word “belial” is a Hebrew word that means “worthless” and “lawless”. In this context, the reference here is probably to Satan. So ask yourself this question: Do you think Jesus and Satan ever get together to talk about the way things used to be and try to find a common ground that they can both agree on? I don’t think so. There is no harmony between Jesus and Satan. In fact, the word “harmony” here is the Greek word “sumphonesis.” It is where our word “symphony” comes from. Can you imagine Jesus and Satan trying to play the same music together?

 

The fourth question asks us: What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? I’m afraid that the answer to this question in America today is “far too much”. In most circumstances it is impossible to pick out a believer from an unbeliever because we watch the same movies, drink the same beer, have the same cable TV channels in our home, laugh at the same jokes, share the same gossip, listen to the same music, wear the same clothes. I think that I must paraphrase Paul’s question to make it make sense to us today: “What should a believer have in common with an unbeliever?”

The fifth question asks us: What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? When the Antichrist erects an image of himself in the temple in Jerusalem, it will be called the “abomination of desolation”. There is no room in the temple of the living God for even just one idol.

 

The second part of the underlying principle is to define the people of God as the temple of God. This is seen in verse 16. “For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (NIV) Now we just answered the question, “What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?” (NIV) So, if we are the temple of God, how much room is there for idols in our life?

 

Let’s ask ourselves a question here. What exactly does it mean for the Christian to be the temple of God? This question is not addressed specifically here because Paul has already written to the Corinthian church before about this issue. Listen to what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (NIV) Notice three things from these verses.

 

First, the Christian’s body is a temple of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit dwells in you. We are told in 1 Kings 8:11 that when Solomon dedicated the first temple to God, the glory of God came and filled the temple. “And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.” (NIV)

 

Second, the Christian should consider himself a slave to God because he was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.

 

And third, and the most important point as related to our discussion, we serve God spiritually based on what we do with our bodies physically.  If you were to look back at verses 14-18 in 1 Corinthians 6 you would find the context of this passage relates to the sin of going into a prostitute.

 

Things are much more complicated today than they were for the nation of Israel. When the Old Testament writers warned the people about worshipping idols, they generally meant idols – things made out of wood or stone or metal. Today, we think we are far too sophisticated to ever think of worshipping such an idol. So instead, we have set up other idols, and these new idols we have set up in our lives are far more insidious than the idols of stone and wood precisely because they cannot necessarily be seen with the physical eye. They require spiritual vision to perceive the fact that they are idols.

 

Look at the end of verse 16. “As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (NIV) Notice the relationship that God wishes to have with each and every Christian. There are four distinct ways that God wants to relate to you.

 

First, God wishes to live with you. There are two applications here. God wants to be part of your family, live in your house, so to speak. There is an old story about the day Jesus came to live in my house. How there were things on the coffee table that needed to be done away with, rooms that needed to be cleaned out, and rooms that were locked up that needed to be opened. But God also wants to live inside you. Not only to be part of your family, but to be part of you.

 

Second, God wants to walk with you. That doesn’t mean he wants to get an hour of exercise with you every day. That means he wants to accompany you as you live your life every day.

 

Third, God wants to be your God. Let me remind you of the first commandment here, from Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (KJV)

 

And fourth, God wants you to be his people. Now what exactly does it mean to be God’s people? In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel was frequently referred to as “God’s people.” But what about for us today? Let me share a couple of verses with you from Titus 2:13-14 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (KJV) This verse describes us a “peculiar” people. That word does not mean strange, it means “one’s own special.” We are to be a special people belonging only to God.

 

The third part of this underlying principle is that there is action required on our part to prepare ourselves to be the temple of God. This is seen in verses 17-18. “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (NIV) Notice that there is a three-fold command found in verse 17. And also notice how these three commands parallel the experience of the nation of Israel.

 

We are commanded to come out from among the unbelievers. Just as the nation of Israel was called out the nation of Egypt, so are believers called out of the wickedness of the world.

 

We are commanded to separate ourselves from unbelievers. Again, just as the nation of Israel was called to separate themselves from the pagan nations in Canaan, so are believers called to separate ourselves from the wickedness of the world.

 

We are commanded to touch no unclean thing. And once more, just as the nation of Israel was commanded to refrain from being defiled by things which God considered unclean, so are believers called from defiling themselves with the wickedness of the world. This word “unclean” occurs over 200 times in the Bible. Many of these references are found in the book of Leviticus and deal with animals that were not to be eaten, dead carcasses, leprosy, and bodily discharges. That is not quite what Paul has in mind here. I believe that idea Paul has in mind here are the words of the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 7:19-20 “They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be an unclean thing. Their silver and gold will not be able to save them in the day of the LORD’s wrath. They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it, for it has made them stumble into sin. They were proud of their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols and vile images. Therefore I will turn these into an unclean thing for them.” (NIV)

 

Now, let me ask you – and me – a question. Do you think God would be pleased to walk with you in the life you lead right now? Would he like to go where you have gone this week? Would he like to see what you have seen? Would he like to hear what you have heard? We say that our conscious doesn’t convict us of the impure activities in our life. But our conscious doesn’t convict us because we haven’t spent the time we need in God’s word establishing in our mind and our heart what is right and wrong.

 

 

By Berean Husband

 

See also:

Principles of Holiness – Principle 1

Principles of Holiness – Principle 2

Principles of Holiness – Principle 3

Principles of Holiness – Principle 4

Principles of Holiness – Principle 5

Principles of Holiness – Principle 6

Principles of Holiness – Principle 7

Principles of Holiness – Principle 8

Principles of Holiness – Principle 9


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You Are Addicted to TV if ….

Is the “still small voice” you hear the TV in the background?

You are addicted to the TV if…

… meals revolve around TV shows.

… bedtime is dictated by what time a particular show goes off.

… it is your best and cheapest babysitter.

… there are more TV jingles in your head than Bible verses.

… your child’s best friends are TV characters.

… the furniture is arranged according to the location of the TV.

… you can list TV station names better than the books of the Bible.

… it affects activities you participate in.

… people know they can find you at home according to the TV shows you watch.

… it must be on to fall asleep.

… the power off button is unnecessary.

… your child’s favorite clothes are free advertising for a TV show.

… you’ve missed church to watch TV.

… if you don’t need a clock to tell time, but can tell time by TV shows.

… severe weather is scary, not because of the weather, but because your favorite show may be preempted.

… you need a generator to power the TV, not the refrigerator.

… your budget for AA batteries for the remote control exceeds your tithe.

… the TV trays are the most used furniture in the house.

… a TV dinner is your favorite meal.

… all dinners are TV dinners.

… you or your kids watch TV in the van on the way to the grocery store.

… you have to keep a back-up TV in case yours breaks.

… you need a TV in more than one room in your house.

… your vacation plans include plenty of TV watching.

… your TV costs more than a good used car.

… Thanksgiving dinner includes a course of watching TV.

… your best memory from last Christmas is watching Jim Carrey in The Grinch That Stole Christmas.

… you consider the results of American Idol worthy of putting on the news.

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Turn Off The TV and …. (ideas for your free time)

Here are some Ideas for the month of August. With all your free time you can do several of the following.

TURN THE TV OFF AND …

1. READ A BOOK

2. READ TO YOUR KIDS OR GRANDKIDS

3. SIT ON THE PORCH

4. BE STILL AND KNOW GOD

5. CALL A LONG LOST FRIEND OR RELATIVE

6. PLAY A GAME

7. PRAY FOR SOMEONE

8. GO TO BED EARLY AND GET UP RESTED

9. GO FISHING

10. FINISH YOUR PHOTO ALBUM

11. TRY A NEW RECIPE

12. TAKE A BUBBLE BATH

13. ROCK A CHILD TO SLEEP

14. WRITE A LETTER

15. DATE YOUR SPOUSE

16. DO A GOOD DEED

17. SMELL THE ROSES

18. WATCH THE SUNSET

19. MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS

20. EAT A HOME COOKED MEAL WITH YOUR FAMILY

21. READ THE BIBLE

22. START A HOBBY

23. SAVOR A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA

24. BAKE COOKIES WITH A CHILD

25. COUNT THE EXTRA HOURS IN YOUR DAY WITHOUT TV

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Turn Off The TV Challenge

I have just been reminded that it is almost August. Where is the summer going?

In July when I posted about TV Jingles, I warned Sicarii that there would be an August “Turn Off the TV” Challenge. I have challenged my church to do it before and will again. The church didn’t do too well L. I am afraid that addiction to TV is thoroughly ingrained in America.

So just to see if you are addicted to TV, can you turn the TV off for a whole month? This is harder than most people think. Many are in the habit of turning the TV on when they walk in. Do you think you can’t go to sleep without the TV on? What are the reasons and excuses for not turning off the TV?

You will be amazed at the difference turning the TV off will make in your life.

  • You will have hours added to your day, especially if you watch TV anywhere near the national average.
  • If you spend just a portion of that free time on Bible reading, Bible study and Prayer your walk with the Lord will grow by leaps and bounds.
  • Your family will benefit by having more time with each other.
  • Give it a try.

    If you think you can’t do without TV for a month than you need to seriously pray about it.

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