No Compromise

Nothing is solely for entertainment purposes. What you set your mind to, is what you will become.

Is it time to take inventory of your thoughts? “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

We become conformed into the image of Christ through the renewing of our mind. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

We are bombarded on a daily basis, our minds are assaulted at every turn, through images and sound. At a rapid pace, the world calls what is evil, good. And what is good, evil. The message of the world is if it makes you happy, do it.

Alexander Hamilton quoted, “those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.” How true this is.

If we have Christ, we are to be a light in this present darkness. Jesus came so that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. It is His heart that none should perish. We carry His Spirit in us, if we have been conformed into His image, then it should be our heart as well, that none should perish.

I remember as a child, if I wanted something I would wait until my mom was asleep and ask her. Because in her tired state, she would say yes. Even if she did not say yes, if she grunted anything audible, I always took it as a yes. Or if she said nothing at all, I took it as yes, because she did not say no.

I am not suggesting we walk around pointing fingers or beat people up with scripture. But, what I am saying is we need to do a serious evaluation on our own thoughts and motives. Though we are in the world, we are not of the world, but have we let the world get in us?  How can we live a victorious life through Christ, and be a witness for Him, if we have become inoculated by the world.

My friend, we are living in the last hour, the signs He told us to look for of His return are all around us. Now is not the time to slumber. Do not allow your mind and your spirit to be in a haze. Do not compromise. You may feel alone and out of place, but you are never truly alone.

If the whole purpose of salvation is for us alone, then we would die and go be with Jesus as soon as we got saved. But His gift of salvation, life, freedom, is for everyone and we are called to be ambassadors for Christ. We should always be ready to give an explanation for the hope we have. But, how can anyone see the hope we have if we blend so well with the world? Why would anyone ask us what is so different about us, if we are not different? We are to be a peculiar people.

A peculiar person loves in the midst of darkness. A peculiar person says, like the three Hebrew children, you can throw me in the fire if you want, but I will never bow my knee to the god of this world. The fire you may face will probably not be an actual furnace, it may be ridicule, ostracizing, rejection, mocking, and/or loss. To lose is to gain, my friend.

Do not strive to be so PC that you have lost your salt. Jesus did say the salt that lost it’s flavor will be thrown out and trampled on.

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:2

I encourage you, ask Him to search your heart and to show you if there is anything not of Him, and then ask Him to remove it.

Go! Be the light! Enjoy freedom through Christ, laugh, live, love, help others, be a true minister of reconciliation. By this, the world will know who you belong to and when the world has turned its back on their own, pray they turn to God. May you experience the joy that comes with leading someone to Christ, the One and Only True Living God.

He is our hope.

Be Free & Stay Free

Author: Crooked Places Straight

Stacey Kessler lives in the soy and corn capital with her husband, James, and their little four legged ball of cuteness, JJ. Together they minister the love of Jesus Christ through Prophetic and Evangelistic ministry. Crooked Places Straight exists to share God's love and truth through the written word to people who seek healing, encouragement, and hope. It is my hope and prayer that through sharing testimonies, stories, and teaching, His Holy Spirit will lead you into a deeper relationship with Him; so you may know and grasp your inheritance in His glorious riches of salvation through Jesus Christ. From glory to glory... I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. Isaiah 45:2 To contact Stacey at Crooked Places Straight, email crookedplacesstraight@gmail.com

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