Summary: WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT PLEASES GOD
EPH 5:1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.
How hard is it to be an imitator of God? Yet, that is exactly what we are instructed to do! Our text tells us some of the things that we need to rid our lives of...vs3-4. And it also tells us that if you don’t eliminate these things, you have no inheritance in the Kingdom. Then it warns about being decieved by empty words...what are "empty words?" Turn to JER 29:8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. 9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them," declares the LORD.
You see, God knew that some Christians would be decieved...and so did Jesus! MAT 24:4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. Even Paul warns the early Christians....COL 2:8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. We have to have the truth and live the truth...there is no other way for man to be saved. 2 THESS 2:10.......... They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. It is imperative that we know the truth..and live it!
A lot of Christians today only want to hear what they like....you know, the stuff that they can feel good about. Churches everywhere are holding back on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! 2 TIM 4:3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. Some churches even allow sin to creep in to the sanctuary...and into their leaders lives. Ignoring the truth of God’s Word by refusing to preach it is dangerous!
See, some will even quit going to a church where the Pastor makes them feel "uncomfortable"...but is it the Pastor or God’s Word that makes them feel that way? Some will even go from church to church to find one that THEY are in agreement with...instead of realizing that THEY need to be in agreement with God’s Word.