Being religious is not enough. God wants you to be Biblically accurate.
You only please God when you stay within Biblical boundaries. And to stay within boundaries you must know where the boundaries are located. Even though the Bible protects us by clearly identifying what’s “in bounds” and what’s “out of bounds,” too many of us don’t take the time to “examine the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11). Therefore we find ourselves out of bounds and wondering how we got there. Once you do build some scriptural foundation in your life, another parallel principle applies: So many things are not what they appear to be. So it’s extremely important to carefully examine “everything” according to what we know about Scripture. This will help keep us from believing something that is false.
. . . examine everything carefully. —1 Thessalonians 5:21
Once you do build some scriptural foundation in your life, another parallel principle applies:
So many things are not what they appear to be. So it’s extremely important to carefully examine “everything” according to what we know about Scripture. This will help keep us from believing something that is false.
I have a friend and neighbor who I don’t think is a believer. She knows I am a Christian (five years) and changes the subject every time I bring up salvation or Jesus Christ. This has been going on for about two years. My sense is that she has hardened her heart and will never accept Jesus. I wonder at what point I should back off and direct my energies toward others who may be more receptive?
First, your neighbor’s salvation does not depend on you. Second, you shouldn’t assume that God is on your timetable for her conversion. Third, you should be willing to be used by God at any time, whether or not it fits your schedule or situation. Therefore, yes, back off, pray for God’s wisdom and discernment, and WAIT for God to open a door for you to witness. People should SEE Christ in your life, not have to be told He’s there.
My wife of six months talks to her mother three to four times a day on the phone. She has done this since the day we returned from our honeymoon. The conversations are about nothing in particular. When I’ve broached the subject to my wife, she gets defensive and says there is nothing wrong with staying in touch with her mother. Needless to say they are getting a bit annoying. Any suggestions?
A wife talking to her mom every day in the first year of marriage isn’t necessarily odd. But talking three or four times a day raises some issues. You are the head of your home and responsible for your wife. She apparently has yet to see anything in you to make her feel secure in your love. If you were loving her like Christ loved the church, she wouldn’t have time for her mom and wouldn’t be able to tear herself away from you. Our suggestion is to pray for God to reveal to you how to be the man God intends you to be.
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