Summary: Inconsistency is a habit we need to break if we want to prosper this New Year.
BEWARE OF INCONSISTENCY
We will continue our series on the Book of 1 Samuel.
We are now in the second half of chapter 14.
We will be focusing our lessons on the inconsistencies displayed by the decisions of King Saul.
His inconsistencies as the King brought about harmful consequences to Israel from the hands of the Philistines.
The word "Inconsistency" means a person who is living a life of contradiction.
I was speaking one time to a friend whom I have not seen for a long time.
I asked him, "Are you a Christian?"
He said, "Yes, I am"
I asked, "Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior!
"Yes, I am"
"Do you smoke?"
"Yes. I do."
"Do you still think liquor?"
"Yes. I still do!"
A person is inconsistent if what he believes is not compatible to his action.
To Christians, inconsistency in life is very detrimental or harmful to our testimony for the cause of Christ.
According to the Barna research, 86% of teens claim that they are Christians but they act differently.
Out of those who claim they are Christians, only 34% are born again.
And only 3 out of 5 say that they believe the Bible is totally accurate in all it teaches.
At the same time, many Christians embrace the views that are inconsistent with what the Bible says.
For instance, two out of three stated that Satan is not a living being.
They believe that Satan is merely a symbol of evil.
That is being inconsistent with what the Bible says.
Also, about 60% argued that a good person could earn eternal salvation through good deeds.
That is incorrect.
We are saved by faith alone not of works lest anyone should boast.
Brothers and sisters, beware of inconsistencies from what the Bible teaches.
People close to us are hearing what we are saying and watching what we are doing.
When they see a fault line to our words or actions, they will have a negative outlook on Christianity altogether.
When this happens, our Christian witness will be weakened and become ineffective.
That is why we must beware of any inconsistency in our profession of faith with what the Bible says.
We must be watchful between the discrepancy of our words and actions.
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) "Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."
Christ is consistent.
Christ does not change.
He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
We must do the same.
We must be consistent in living holy lives for the rest of our lives.
We must be consistent in abhorring evil.
We must be consistent in doing our utmost service for God.
We must be consistent in believing the foundational truths from the Bible.
When we are consistent with our Christian testimony, our outlook for the rest of the New year will always be great.
Regardless of the many trials and difficulties we will go through this New year, we can face them all with courage.
Regardless of the many temptations we face, we can overcome them all because we are consistent.
I cam upon a cartoon regarding the inconsistency of a company executive.
The man said, "The shipment will be delayed. We were supposed to order the trucks to get loaded at 9:00 a.m., but we accidentally ordered the truckers to get loaded at 9:00 a.m."