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Be Doers Of The Word And Not Hearers Only, A Chaste Spotless Blameless Bride Of Christ, We Are Held To A Higher Standard, Empowered By Christ, Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind, Old Things Are Passed Away, Conclusion, Reading List
As I concluded in part three, the time has come for all of us to stop fooling ourselves by claiming to be Christians, when our lifestyle and manner of speech do not back it up. We need to start being true doers of God's Word, and not just hearers only. We need to be the chaste Bride that the Lord desires for us to be. We need to purge the old habits from our lives -- including cussing -- and become spotless and blameless in His sight. Please consider the following verses:
"Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."
Matthew 23:1-3, KJV
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
James 1:22-25, KJV
"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
James 2:20-26, KJV
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
James 4:17, KJV
"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:20, KJV
In summation, the children of the world need to see and know that we are truly different from them. They need to realize that God's children are held to a much higher standard, and that vulgar speech, cussing and other corrupt communication is not acceptable to the Lord, or to us. Each one of us needs to take personal initiative, repent of our evil deeds, desist in our bad habit of cussing, and get our heart and life right with the Lord. It is only in this way that we can each be an efficient conductor and reflector of the Lord's clean, strong light. As long as our temple remains polluted and dirty, and spews forth foul words, it just won't work. Not only will we be a poor example of our faith and a reproach to the Cause of Christ, but we will also be like a cloud without rain, and a lamp without oil.
Are you willing to do this? Are you ready to take control of your tongue? Are you capable of doing this? Yes you are by His Grace; because He will provide you with the strength and the self-control to achieve this goal. As the Apostle Paul writes:
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:13, KJV
The key to not conforming to the evil ways of this present world, and bridling our wicked tongue, is found in the rest of the verse that I first shared with you in part one. Paul writes as follows:
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Romans 12:2, KJV
Clearly then, we must be spiritually transformed through the renewing of our mind. We need to allow God to rewire my mind, our thoughts, and our behavior through the cleansing power of His Word. We need to put aside the old man of the flesh with his wicked deeds -- including cussing -- and put on the new man of the Spirit which has the mind of Christ. Consider the following verses:
"BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word."
Psalms 119:9, KJV
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."
John 15:3, KJV
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."
Romans 6:6, KJV
"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
1 Corinthians 2:16, KJV
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV
"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
Ephesians 4:22-24, KJV
"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:"
Colossians 3:9-10, KJV
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
Titus 3:5, KJV
Please notice that Paul writes "old things are passed away." Are the old things from your old life -- including your old bad habits such as cussing -- truly passed away? Or are there some things which still stubbornly persist in your new life in Christ despite your best efforts to purge them out? Who do people see when they look at you? Do they see your old sinful man of the flesh who gets angry and cusses all the time? Or do they see your new man of the Spirit who praises the Lord and shines brightly for Jesus Christ? The choice is up to you. Be not conformed to this world.
With these thoughts I will bring this series to a close. I hope that you have found it informative, and I pray that it has been a blessing and an inspiration in your life. Most of all, I hope that this series has provided you with both the spiritual strength and the conviction to resist cussing, for His glory.
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For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which are related to topics which were discussed in this series. All of them are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
Are You Crucified With Christ?
Are You Just a Baby Huey?
Churchianity or Christianity: Which Do You Practice?
Gargoyles: Satan Loves Church Buildings!
Halloween and Samhain: No Room For Compromise
Light Up and Die!: The Smoking Addiction
My God is a Shocker
One From Beyond: Hebrew of Hebrews
Pornography: Flee Youthful Lusts!
Speak the Pure Language of Truth
Striving for Perfection: Are You a Sinless Saint?
The Children of Light: Are You One of Us?
The Public School System and School Prayer
To Pray or Not to Pray
What is Wrong With Modern America?
Where Are the First Century Churches?