Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same stream? No.
Are you ever at church, trying so hard to connect to the worship and praise, but you just aren’t feeling it? A pastor once told me that when we sin, and then try to come into worship, it is hard for us to feel/experience it. This is God’s consequence for us. Our sins will, without a doubt, hinder our relationship with God. So, why do we do it? Why do we continuously sin when we know there will be consequences? Why do we put The Most Holy One on the backburner while we selfishly continue to live our lives according to our flesh. It’s because of God’s grace that he selflessly gave to us when we deserved death. One of the most common things I hear from a college aged person when I try to share the word with them is, “Well, I’m in college. God will always be there. College won’t. I want to live my life selfishly now, and when I get married and have a family, I will turn to God.” My response to them is, yeah, God will always be here, but will you? There is a point when it is too late, and hell is eternal separation from God. Eternal separation from God. I can’t even fathom that because I get discouraged when I can’t feel God in a worship song or during a sermon due to my sins. I can’t imagine what it would be like to constantly be in a place of torment, a place of constant death, a place of constant anguish, a place of longing with no fulfillment, and a place with no hope. (Luke 16)
Living according to God’s word is the only way that we can stay on a path of purity.
Psalm 119:9 “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” When I first read this verse, the word “young” stood out to me. God is fully aware of our culture and the way of the world in the 21st century. Hebrews 4:15 speaks so much truth, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin”
James 1:13 says, “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted and evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”
So, how can we strain from our weaknesses and stay on a path of purity? By knowing God’s word.
Psalm 199:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Have a happy happy happy Thanksgiving!
Give thanks to The Lord!