Using Scripture to be Obedient
In the last post we said we have to know God's commands well enough so that they are the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes and our actions:
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Memorize scripture and then apply those verses. For example when tempted to lie, remember Ephesians 4:25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
When tempted to steal – Ephesians 4:28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
There are hundreds of verses that speak to very specific sins or decisions.
For the unspecific decisions we have to make, he suggests asking 4 questions based on 3 verses in 1 Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
Ask: Is it helpful; physically, spiritually and mentally? For example you can apply this to TV programs you watch. (We have the right to watch anything, but is it beneficial?)
Again from 1 Corinthians 6:12 – Does it bring me under its power. You can apply this to drinking, smoking, drugs, too much shopping (!) Sometimes it’s not the activity itself, but that we make it all important – our idol.
1 Corinthians 8:13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
Ask, does it hurt others?
1 Corinthians 10:31 ask, does it glorify God?
And if all of that is hard to remember, just ask, “What would Jesus do?”