Many of us are CONFUSED. We simply don't know any better. And we don't know better because we don't truly know Christ. We confuse a GOOD man & a GODLY man. Let's be clear-there is NO exception to this rule, this standard. Holiness is the only standard we ought to uphold...with & in everything.
A GOOD MAN IS A GODLY MAN. What does this mean? In order for a man to be a "good man" he has to exhibit some Christ-like characteristics. The world will tell you a good man doesn't have to be a godly man.
A "good man" (in the carnal mind) is someone who opens the door for you, supports you financially, remains faithful, treats you well & while that may be true-a good man FEARS THE LORD. We have so many women who are (I have to be honest) desperate to be with someone that they'll accept anything less than what they truly deserve. You were brought with a price...or didn't you know? A man died for you.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where everyone would know, YOU MESSED UP! A consequence of sin that you just can't cover up.
If anyone can relate, it is me.
Rewind to early 2016, I was completely sold out to God. I talked to Him everyday, I literally RUSHED home just to have my quiet time with Him. I had cut off anything that didn't push me closer to God. This included secular music, t.v. shows, and relationships. I was [so I thought] confident that I was going to literally walk this thing out and not run back to my past. However, my spirit was willing but my flesh was so, so weak.
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41 NIV
My spirit man wanted to thrive and live for God, however, my flesh still wanted what it wanted. I didn't know how far I had strayed, until I realized I was in pretty deep. I felt like I was in the middle of a busy public place, suffocating, but no one …
Have you ever found yourself saying or thinking......:"I want mines, God!" "I want my stuff!"
It's give me this, give me that, bless me financially, bless me with this job, this new car, a man- and all of that other stuff. God is not interested in just handing you over everything little thing you pray for. He's not some giver of everything you think you want & need. It gets tough because all you may hear in Sunday service is the preacher preaching more about your "breakthrough" coming, getting back all you lost & living comfortably...rather than truly changing your heart & loving God with everything in you, even when your circumstances shouldn't permit you to. When you give your life to Christ, it's not suppose to be a road filled with only roses & sunshine.
And that's a huge misconception among those who come to Christ. They're programmed to believe that as soon as they give their life to Christ: they are just goi…