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A couple of teams took packets out through some neighborhoods to hang information packets on doors. The hope is that people who do not know the Lord will be saved because someone cared enough to get up early on a Saturday morning to take the message of Salvation to them.
Darlene Sorensen sang a special song in the morning service. Norma Stillings and her son, Dan Stillings sang a special song in the evening. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message, Sunday, “Should I Do It?”
On any give day you may be faced with a dilemma. Adam was once offered the forbidden fruit. Moses stood at a Rock with a thirsty, angry crowd behind him. Peter stood by a fire warming his hands being accused of knowing Jesus. David saw a beautiful woman bathing. The decisions they made brought grief to them and to many others as well. If we find ourselves faced with a dilemma, there are some questions we should ask ourselves.
Does this honor God? As we think about this we might remember 1 Corinthians 10:31 where it says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Will God be pleased? Will God receive glory? Will it cause others to see Christ in you?
Does this appear evil? Maybe you do not see this as sin, but would someone else be offended because they see it as sin? Perhaps you may think that what you do is no one else’s business, but what you do will have an effect upon someone.
Could Jesus Christ be partners to it? Jesus is always present with us. Do we think Jesus would participate in it? If not, just skip it.
Is it worldly” 1 John 2:15-17 says, “Love not the world… For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” We should not make worldly fashions and thought to be our standard for behavior.
Will it cause others to stumble? The Apostle Paul once said that he would not eat meat if it would cause his brother to fall. Consider the effects your action may have on a weaker brother.
How would other believers advise you in this matter? No matter how strong we think we are, there are times we need wise counsel. But, don’t just ask the people most likely to approve the action.
Is there any doubt? If you have doubts, don’t do it. If you can’t do it with faith in God’s approval, don’t do it.
Does it grieve the Holy Spirit? There are lists of actions that do grieve God. Corrupt communications, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and many more actions are condemned in God’s Word. There is really no basis to even consider doing these things.
Will it build a testimony? The Bible says of Moses that he was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony. One mistake, one foolish decision can destroy your testimony. It is better that it be said, after a life well lived, that your actions “pleased God.”