The message below contains material that could be highly offensive! If you find the Bible, or the contents within it offensive, you should abstain from reading this. Please be advised, the writings below will only make sense when viewed through the appropriate filter of the Holy Spirit. “To all others, it will seem as foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Definition: A barometer is a scientific instrument used in meteorology to measure atmospheric pressure. Pressure tendency can forecast short-term changes in the weather. Simply stated, it’s a device that allows you to predict the changes in the weather.
What is your “atmospheric pressure”?
How can a Christian man tell, measure, or predict where he is at spiritually?
Well, one way you can measure this is by how much you hate sin. Do you welcome sin into your house when it knocks on the door, or do you ignore it’s request at all cost?
Do you weep when you see the sinfulness of man, including your own sin, or do you wink at it with fond familiarity and acceptance? The way in which you respond to sin serves as a barometer to indicate your godliness.
What is in your heart?
“Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law” (Psalms 119:136).
Wow, what an accurate picture of a heart that is near to God! As we draw closer to Him, our heart’s desire will be to hate sin. The sinful things we used to embrace will be the things which we now destain. The heart of a godly man will be broken over the lawlessness he sees in this world.
Do you grieve over the sin you see around you, as well as the sin in your own life? If not, now is a great time to immerse yourself into God’s word and draw near to Him. Humbly spend time with Him in His word and the Holy Spirit will give you a heart that loves purity and righteousness.
How can you move towards Godliness?
You want to know how to overcome the sin that plagues you? Draw near to God and sin will become the disdained enemy in your life! As we dive into His word and immerse ourselves in His presence, our nature begins to shift. Our passions and our calling become ignited with direction. His desires become our ways, and our flesh-oriented nature begins to diminish.
“Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalms 97:10).
Today, make it a priority to read God’s word, make it a point to seek His Truth, and make it a prayer to have His heart. After all, the best defense against our flesh is to be in the courtyard of the living God.