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What Are We Justifying?

Today’s post goes hand in hand with yesterday’s post on Arguing. What are we justifying?

We each do it with one thing or another until the Holy Spirit convicts our hearts and causes a heart and mind change.

I’m only watching this because it doesn’t really affect my walk. I can tune out during the bad stuff.

I can read this because I don’t get that caught up in a story. After all, it’s only fiction.

My body looks amazing in this and it’s not my fault if other men stare. They should learn to control their eyes and minds.

I really need/deserve this so it’s okay if I’m not totally honest to get it.

I’m so much happier when I have that drink or take this pill, everyone says so. What’s wrong with wanting to be happy?

A few examples of things I’ve been told or read. Some seem pretty extreme but I wonder if some of us don’t recognize ourselves at least a bit in some of them? Perhaps the Lord is speaking to you right now about a situation where you are struggling. Can you trust Him to change that area in your life?

It’s hard. It really is that much easier to excuse it away instead of facing it and taking a stand. And where do we draw the line? We don’t want to become one of those Christians, right? After all, didn’t Christ set us free?

He did. He set us free from the bondage of death. The bondage of earthly yuck. We don’t have to be stuck. But we do have to make a choice to listen. If we can’t back it up biblically, it shouldn’t be in our lives.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Think about such things. This is the easiest context to put things into. If it doesn’t fit into being true, pure, good, right, lovely, or admirable, then it doesn’t fit into what God wants for you. He wants so much more for you.

When we put off old ways and close the doors on things that are not good for us (or are not good for others) it opens the door for more light to come in and shine through you. Light has a harder time shining through the little cracks and crevices of grime.

If God has been seeking after you to lay something down, please do it today. It’s time. He won’t leave you feeling empty. It’s time my friend. It’s time.

3 Comments

  1. Wow, Melinda. Thank you for your boldness to speak truth. I’m sure we all have things we need to allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds about if we only let him in. Thank you for today’s post.

  2. Hi. Heidi, Yes I agree with you that all have things we need to allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds about if we only let Him. And I’am so Blessed about this verse “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things”. It was found in Philippians 4:8.. Thank you Melinda for your post.

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