May 12, 2017

Godliness

Do you wonder when you meet someone new, "Are they saved?"

Do you watch for signs?

What about you?

What would someone see in you that would tell them that you are godly?

Do you know that there is a definitive sign?

Godliness isn't proven by going to church.

Many people think going to church makes them holy, or better than others.

It doesn't.

It is not always being able to keep "bad" words from escaping your lips; some people get highly offended at "bad" words.

Being highly offended is not a sign of godliness.

It is a lie to think that because you pray, then you are godly, and saved.

Everyone in a cult (most likely) prays.

II Timothy 3:1-5 tells us this:

But mark this (pay attention)---
 There will be terrible times in the last days.  
 People will be lovers of themselves,
 lovers of money, 
boastful, 
proud, 
abusive, 
disobedient to their parents, 
ungrateful, 
unholy,  
without love, 
unforgiving, 
slanderous, 
without self-control, 
brutal, 
not lovers of the good, 
 treacherous, 
rash, 
conceited, 
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—  
 having a form of godliness but denying its power. 
Have nothing to do with such people.

Did you see yourself in any of that description of an ungodly person?

Any one of those characteristics makes one ungodly. You do not need to possess all of them. If you possess one, or "do" one of those sins, then you have done them all.

Remember what James 2:10 tells us?

Look it up if you've forgotten.

Do you remember what it means is in your soul if you sin?

Hate.

Jesus reduced all sin to hatred of God, or others.

All the law is boiled down to love God completely, and love the neighbor as you love yourself.

Did you catch the last phrase in II Timothy 3:5?

Read it again.

Do you go to church with anyone who is greedy, slanderous, proud, boastful, or conceited?

I Corinthians 5:11 is where we hear Paul say not to eat with people who sin.

Woman, do you still sin?

What is your sin?

Did you find it in the list from II Timothy 3:1-5?

Or are you thinking that your sin is not included in Paul's list?

He has another list in I Corinthians 5:11.

Is the sin that you do so little as to be inconsequential?

It is not.

Sin causes one to be dead (in their soul spiritually speaking).

Read Ephesians 2:1, and see what Paul says to those who have been truly redeemed.

Read what he says in verse 2 about what the redeemed "used" to follow.

Read in verse 3 what those who sin deserve, and will get unless they repent.

Read in verse 4 about the quality of God.

Read in verse 5 about what happens when one is truly saved.

Is that person still dead?

Where does sin go when one repents?

Read Psalm 103:12 and ask questions of God.

Ask him why if you think that you are godly do you still sin.

If sin is gone as far as the east is from the west when one is saved, then why do you still sin.

Have you been deceived into thinking that you can still sin, and still be holy?

You might think that you are godly, but if you still sin, then you have a "form" of godliness.

And you deny the power of God to keep you FROM sin (see verse 5 again).

Those who have a "form" of godliness, deny God's power, and are still in darkness.

Maybe you look good on the outside, but you are still dead on the inside.

That is the case if sin is still in you.

(Yes, sin is still in your physical body, and that is why the redeemed get a new BODY in heaven.)

Those, who are washed, have brand new clean souls.

They are godly.

God keeps them from sin (Psalm 121:3, I Corinthians 10:13)

They love.

And love is an "always" event in them, for love only behaves ONE way (I Corinthians 13).

And they know that their righteousness is not born of them, but of God.

They are not greedy for they always generously share for they know God to be a loving father.

They are not lovers of money. It does not drive them out of bed in the morning.

Service for others does.

They love God.

Are you godly, or do you just look that way?

Can you talk a good talk, and slander too?

Do you think yourself pretty darn good, or do you know of your great sin, and God's great grace?

Have you forgiven every single person on this planet, and hold no grudges at all, or do you keep some people at arm's length until they "get right with God," and become godly like you?

Do you adore vacations, and the easy chair, and entertainment, and long for it deep inside you?

Or are you singularly longing for heaven where the Savior waits to welcome the godly home?

Do you have the one true sign of godliness in you?

Do you love?

Or do you put on a good show at church, and then ignore the needy, and thank your god that you are not like those needy people on every corner, who really should go to church, and act like you?

You will love, or you are ungodly.

You will be godly, or you will be a fake.

One way, or the other, never both.

Are you godly?

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