If people desire to be saved and go to heaven one day, then there are things that need to be done first. That is to get our lives in line with God’s Word, the Bible, that you may not be found unworthy come judgment day. And one that needs to be taken care of is allowing God to remove every ounce of hypocrisy in our lives. Meaning, portraying ourselves to be something but being filthy on the inside. I am speaking of living one way around family, but another around our friends and in secret. You can be a churchgoer and even serve there, but this does not matter if your life outside of those doors is sinful in nature. I am speaking of people who when they are by themselves or with friends have sex outside of marriage, look at pornography, drink, and or do drugs. You may not be doing all four of these things, but if you are not living in God’s light, most likely one of those things I mentioned is an issue in your life. And it must be taken care of with people that we have hurt because of such things and God. And to learn about this more, Jesus said, “in the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.” (Luke 12:1,2) Do not think that anything you are doing is hidden from God. He can see everything we do in this life, and to top it off, He will judge us by the things we have done. So if we have not confessed our sins to the Lord and forsaken them in your life, then you are not forgiven. Forgiveness comes when we are heartfelt in our confessions. This way God can help us turn from our sinful ways, of which we cannot do on our own.
Paul said, “know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Notice that he speaks out against the things that will keep us from entering the kingdom of God. And among the things in this list, fornicators, adulterers, and drunkards are mentioned. A fornicator is a person who has sex outside of marriage. An adulterer is someone who lusts upon someone, as Jesus said, or to also have sexual relations with someone who is married. This same adulterous and lustful act happens when people cheat on their spouse with porn. Yes, this is cheating on your spouse, and God. And being single doesn’t take a person off the hook either, for it is very vile and sinful in God’s sight. As for doing drugs, this is allowing yourself to have your mind clouded, which is like being drunk. And it is also the opposite of being sober, which we are called to be. Now, notice above that Paul gave people hope who are currently involved in these sins. Again, he said, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11) So there is still time to be washed by the blood of Jesus. If He cleanses you of your sins, then you are sanctified and justified in His sight. Then, the Holy Spirit can lead you in the ways of righteousness. This is living in God’s holiness, which is when we become worthy in His sight.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will not give in to their lusts any longer. That they will instead give into Your willpower in their lives. If You were to build us up in the faith, fewer people would be walking in willful sin and following You instead. And I know why this is happening and it is never Your fault, God. It is people’s selfish ambitions that keep them from following You. You wish that we would all come unto You in our humility, but our pride continues to get in the way of that. Even to the point of people justifying their sinful actions. This causes people to walk further and further from You until they are too far gone. This is why sin is abounding in the world we live in. People have made what is evil appear to be good and good to appear evil. Even we are ridiculed for walking in Your righteousness. People call us stuck up religious people or prideful when only we desire to have You in our lives and not an ounce of sin. How can people see that we are prideful when we only wish to live for You and to see more people be saved? As for me, I can’t stand the wickedness in this world any longer. It drives me nuts to see people watching certain things on TV, for it ruins the Spirit in me. Therefore, I am grateful that You have cut from my life, time spent watching TV. That I no longer desire to watch things that will only waste my time or cause me to stumble in the faith. Lord, You have also rescued me from a life of sin. Thank You. Even pornography is no more because You have cast that addiction from my heart. I am no longer tied to it, and even when tempted I am not given into such filth, for You are with me now. I have been given armor and a shield that will win every battle, as long as I have it on. Thank You Jesus for caring enough as to build me up with Your strength and courage. I have the boldness to share the gospel because You are with me now. I love You, Lord. I believe in You. Amen.