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I usually try not to say anything about what a person may wear or have on out in public. However, by wearing it out in “public” there is no expectation of privacy or protection from someone else’s assessment of what we have on.
Thus we receive comments like, “That really looks good on you” or “That is a nice suit” or “Child you really look good in that.” [You get the picture.] We love to hear how other people like what we have on. We don’t mind receiving compliments. But we have to learn to take the good with the bad.
I have noticed that there is a lot said about wearing our pants below our hips and exposing our buttocks. There have been preachers, teachers and politicians speaking out against this fashion trend without ever coming under the judgment of being too harsh or too judgmental. Most people agree that the pants need to be pulled up. But let’s see how we react to what I am about to point out here.
I am tired of seeing women out in public in their skin-tight sheer pantyhose (leggings) without any covering over it, exposing their behinds and private areas, sometimes without any panties on underneath. Some may think that it is fine and dandy and that this is their prerogative. And that I should not judge. But let me be clear. I am not judging. It is their lack of self-respect and judgment that has drawn my attention. If you feel differently, that is your right. As for me, I find it revolting, vulgar, ungodly and indecent, especially when children are around. You might as well be naked in many instances. Whether the curves or small and tight as a drum or as large, bumpy and rough as a cantaloupe and jiggles like Jell-O, the details of the sensual parts of your body should be reserved for somewhere else and not exhibited in public like a __ __ __ __ __.
Now on the other hand, I recognize that those who aren’t saved and filled with God’s Holy Spirit have nothing to keep them holy or to convict them of their ungodly, promiscuous, provocative behavior. So their dress apparel is just representative of the condition of their souls – souls that are preoccupied with sexiness, sexuality, sexual gratification and sinful lust. Now I know that this description doesn’t apply to everyone. Some just don’t know any better and needed someone to tell them better. Well, you’ve been told.
I contend that what I just wrote is no more or no less righteous than those who write against sagging pants.
(Keeping It Real)
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Isn’t it interesting how someone who did wrong and got away with it – like becoming pregnant out-of-wedlock or having a baby without a husband or fathering a child out-of-wedlock – would then be so judgmental and unforgiving toward someone else who did the same sin that they did.
Many former sinners, who are now saved and doing well financially and spiritually, have become arrogant and obstinate. They think that the Lord has forgiven their sin debt and afforded them another chance and blessed them with prosperity and success in order for them to flaunt it and throw it up in the face of others as a tease.
Those who do such things are behaving wickedly! They should have shown the same mercy and kindness to others that was shown to them by God.
But not to worry, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)
And since they forget the mercy of God toward them, the Lord will divest them of their blessings as quickly as he entrusted them with His blessing and they will experience the full weight of their own indebtedness all over again.
Always remember the Kindness of The LORD toward you and pass it on. Otherwise, you will lose it.
14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.” (Acts 8:14-24 NKJV)
I have heard many people sing gospel song after gospel song and pray prayer after prayer asking the Lord to anoint them with His Holy Spirit or to fill them with His Holy Spirit. I have seen all kinds of displays by people trying to convince others that they really want to be endowed with the genuine power of the Holy Spirit of God. Some have given enormous amounts of money to churches. Some have shouted long and hard in worship. Some have served in churches faithfully and have genuinely been good people.
However, they have not done one thing that the Lord has required or commanded of them to do with regards to receiving His Holy Spirit.
- They have not changed their way of thinking. Their thoughts are still of an earthly sensual nature (Romans 12:2). They have not repented.
- They have not believed the Gospel of the Kingdom of God for they have not obeyed His Holy and Eternal Commandments (Mark 1:14-15.John 3:36, John 14:15).
- They have not been baptized in water by submersion in the name of Christ Jesus as instructed by God through Christ and His apostles (John 3:3-7, Acts 2:38, Acts 4:12, Galatians 3:27).
Yet, they want the promised gift of God (The Holy Spirit) that is promised to His obedient children who have truly repented of sin and of their rebellion against His Eternal Laws and who demonstrates their belief in His Gospel by obeying His commands.
So, you can ask God for the promised Gift of His anointing. But how about doing what God says to do first before making any demands upon Him (Matthew 6:33, James 2:18).
“The Holy Spirit is given as God commands and not as we demand.”
Obedience is evidence of our belief in God and God rewards obedience with His promise.
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
20 My son, pay attention to what I am saying;
incline your ear to my words.
21 Don’t let them out of your sight,
keep them deep in your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to their whole being.
23 Above everything else, guard your heart;
for it is the source of life’s consequences.
24 Keep crooked speech out of your mouth,
banish deceit from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze on what lies in front of you.
26 Level the path for your feet,
let all your ways be properly prepared;
27 then deviate neither right nor left;
and keep your foot far from evil.
(Proverbs 4:20-27 /Complete Jewish Bible)
FOCUS ONLY ON GOD!
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