Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Round and Round We Go

Recently, my daughter was telling me some discipline issues she was facing with one of her children.  As I listened, I had a nostalgic feeling.  

From generation to generation, all parents face the same things—and round and round we go.  

Parents endeavor to train their children to be valuable law-abiding members of society.   When we are in the trenches of child-rearing, sometimes we feel alone and desperate.  We love our children and only want what is best for them all the days of their lives.

Our parent, God the Father, also only wants what's best for His children.  

The present social climax we face today is similar to the round and round we go through in parenting.  In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, the people of the day faced something that has been going round and round for generations.  And yes, we are currently experiencing this same thing today.  

It’s an age-old problem.  People try to defend and make excuses for why they believe things that are against the teaching of God's Word.  

In Isaiah 5:20, these words were written centuries ago.  Yet, the warning is as real to us today as it was then.      

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, 
who put darkness for light and light for darkness, 
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. 

God has given us His Word, the Bible, as our guide to help us stand strong even when the culture is pushing us to conform.  In the book of Isaiah, God’s Word gives warning to a nation that replaced good for evil. 

In Romans 12:2 we are reminded in the New Testament, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." 

These Old and New Testament warnings tell us, we cannot conform to this world.   Even if it means we stand alone. 

Here are a few things we can do to help us avoid calling good evil or evil good.
  • Daily commit to crucifying your own fleshly wants and desires and be sure your passions align with the Word.  
  • Daily make a decision to refrain from sin that will pollute you through the eyes, heart, mind, ears, etc.
  • God has set a standard—we must choose to live by His standard if we are to be called the Children of God.  
  • Break the spiritual chains that bind us through unforgiveness, selfishness, stubbornness, pride, etc. 

Call sin what it is and don’t make excuses 
or round and round we go!





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