|May 23, 2019|
|"Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." Psalm 5:12 (NIV)|
|Living Your Best Life|
|Matthew 6:31, 34 NIV|
|Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Righteousness has to do with purity. Purity. I didn't say perfection. Purity. Purity is a mark of the Christian's life. We don't talk about purity anymore. Purity has to do with morality. There was a time that you heard about the moral majority. And now the moral majority is silent. We've lost our voice. Purity has to do with morality.|
You cannot minimize morality as a leader. To be moral, you cannot participate in voter suppression. If you're moral, you cannot lie. If you're moral, you don't use white privilege to advance your cause! If you're moral, you don't cheat on your wife with a porn star. You don't cheat, period! If you're moral, you don't lie on your income taxes!
|"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."|
|Ephesians 5:1,2 (NRSV)|
|We have minimized morality. The Bible talks about living blamelessly. Let not these things be named among you as the body of Christ. We've just thrown all that away. Folk just want to live any kind of way, do anything, and then justify it by an eisegetical position on the text itself.|
The Greek philosopher Nietzsche said, "God is Dead." He espoused that proposition based on the lack of a life that represented redemption. Nietzsche said, "you want me to believe in a redeeming God? The Christians, when do you exemplify redemption in your life?" Redemption has to do with purity. I was messed up, jacked up, but God redeemed me, washed me--we don't even talk about being washed any more.
|I don't know where you are in life. You can be 6. You can be 16. You can be 60. You can be 76. You can be 86. You can be 106. You can be whatever age. You still have a chance to live your best life. That's the kind of God that we serve. He extends us mercies morning by morning. List the mercies He's extended to you just on today.|