Let not unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for the building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)
When we speak others listen and if we complain others will complain; especially the children in our lives. We are role models for the little ears who hear our coarse language and they look up to us. We are growing up the next generation of Christians. Recently, the Lord convicted me of watching PG-13 movies that really hurt because I was looking forward to the movie Jurassic World. Every time I went past the Campus Theater it hurt and I voice a complaint to the Lord. The last time I did it I realized I grieved the Holy Spirit and that was not my plan. Sometimes we don’t realize that God has a bigger plan for us; then we know. If we fill our hearts up with movie talk; that is what’s going to come out. Will we build up the church with movie talk? What I am trying to share with you is the evil of the times. Non-Christian movies can teach our children to swear and defile the home. The Lord said ‘no’ to me about PG-13 movies and my mouth grieve the Holy Spirit because I couldn’t get my way. You say ‘movies are innocent’. Today, it’s ok to have sex before marriage and it’s ok to live with someone. TV shows are blatantly showing this on prime time and we are watching it. What messages are we sending to our youth? We are sending them repeatedly that this is ok to do all these things. My favorite movie has been “Leap Year” and its rated PG. It has 3 swear words that blaspheme Jesus Christ and God; she is living with a guy; and meets a guy in Wales and leaves her guy for this guy. I never notice the swearing but the sleeping together; yes that I noticed.
Today’s children spent more time with non-Christian TV, computer, and books; which go down into their hearts and is role-played in their day-to-day interaction with others. The Lord says in His word “but I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. (Matthew 12:36)
We as parents or extended family play a part in this role of raising this next generation to edify the Lord. Are we doing our best to raise these children to love the Lord more than ‘Jurassic World’ or ‘Harry Potter’? Do your children get upset when they can’t watch their shows? Do they throw a tantrum and hit you when they do not get their way? We are to separate ourselves from this world not be a part of it. The word says “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2Corinthians 6:17-18)
What does it look like to be separate from the world? We need to separate from this world’s sin and the desires of our flesh. So live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. (Galatians 5:16-18) What are the acts of the sinful nature? The word says the acts of the sinful nature are obvious: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshipping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Galatians 5:19-21NCV) When you watch unlawful acts shown on TV it is like you are there feeding that desire within you. If you watch this repeatedly you will become desensitized to the acts and not know they are wrong. But, your children will see and they will become what they watch and read. Children will grow up wanting your desires because they love you. Do you not know that Satan is out to rob you of your children? It is Satan’s desires that rule in reign in our children until they desire to walk in another direction and ask Jesus Christ into their hearts. But if you only show them the world they will not choose Christ wholeheartedly. They will walk not in the Spirit but in the flesh all the days of their life.
The Israelites in the Old Testament struggle to live for God; but their flesh won out because they allow the world into their homes. The Jews enter into marriage agreement with non-Jews and follow their customs and gods. The Israelites began to live with each other and have sex with other partners. This displeased God. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah which were evil cities who did evil things before the God. (Genesis 18:17-19:29) Throughout the generations Israelites failed God and only a few followed Him and not always faithfully.
So God devised a plan so that His people would not fail any longer. He sent His One and Only Son to be born of a virgin and be raised among the Jews. Jesus grew up a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people He was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the LORD’S will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the LORD makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:2-10)
God never wanted His people to suffer He wanted them to prosper in the land He sent them. But, the people in themselves couldn’t change; so that is why God sent His Son to die in their place so that they can have this abundant life in His Son Jesus Christ. But, it is not just the Jews that this gift is for but everyone who comes and believes that Jesus Christ was born, died on the cross for their sins, and resurrected from the dead to be seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. We can’t live this life on our own we need help. We need Jesus Christ resurrected power in our life. He sent the Holy Spirit to help us. So, if you hear the voice of Jesus Christ calling you; do not reject Him but believe and repent. Surrender your life and ask Him into your life. He will come and make His home in you. He will give you the power to say ‘no’ to your sinful nature and help you to live that abundant life in Him.
Thank you, Lord that you came to die on that cross so that we could live a victorious life in you and that you sent the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Father for the plan to save your people of Israel and that plan included all people. Help us, clean up our life that we reflect the things of God. Let us not be a stumbling block to our children with our desires to the flesh. Hear, our prayer to you Jesus we desperately need you. Convict our hearts to the things we need to change and create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us. In Jesus Christ Name, I pray. Amen.