Sunday, July 19, 2009
To run any computer without some kind of protection as in anti-virus software, is simply an impending computer accident of the night mare kind just looking for a place to happen.
Don’t leave home without it!
What internal software are we as believers running regarding the nasty contaminates just waiting to bring us down into another form of polluted corruption?
I love with sobering clarity the words Jesus spoke regarding becoming polluted, corrupted and defiled, He said, “It’s not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man. That which proceeds from the mouth, comes from the heart, therein lays the defilement.”
This hidden but lively poison is resident within all flesh; yes even the “Christians” flesh.
Recently a colleague of mine phoned in sick to work, as natural as breathing the thought came flooding into my consciousness, “He’s simply pulling a fast one,” of course this was based upon factual knowledge, right, WRONG!
Here is a joke to lighten things up here for a moment, what is a mental gymnast, someone who jumps at erroneous conclusions. Ha!! Of course this never happens in a Christian’s life or thinking does it-ha!
Such full of life and hope, these words spoken to those who have ears to hear from Paul: “In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God's servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil's trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.”
As well as these words of encouragement from John: “If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we're obviously lying through our teeth—we're not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges all our sin.
If we claim that we're free of sin, we're only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won't let us down; he'll be true to himself. He'll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we've never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.”
Talk about a fabulous and totally dependable means of keeping free from the nasty inner workings of the flesh trying to bog us done with condemnation.
Along with the new Operating System of His grace and love, is this built in anti-virus software that works better than the law of gravity!