Memorable Scripture: On Guard

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

I don’t know whether to call this commandments or advise.
It is a great list of things you should practice but it’s often difficult to maintain, especially the last one.
The original King James says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
I must admit I like the way that reads.
It if looks evil then stay away from it!
Each of these are difficult to do on a 24-hour basis because we allow other things to influence us.

Let’s make up a situation, for instance, another driver flies pass you an then cuts right infront of you!
It’s hard to rejoice always when you had to stomp on my brake because of this driver cutting cutting you off in traffic.
I seriously doubt you’re praying for that driver because you’re too busy saying bad things about his method of driving and about him personally!
I know you’re not giving thanks, although you should because you didn’t have an accident. But it wouldn’t have been close to an accident if the “idiot” would not have been in such a hurry.
And, yes, you know it’s the will of God in Christ Jesus for you to rejoice and pray but Jesus never drove a car on the expressway!
You feel bad about calling the guy an idiot and you really should ask forgiveness, then bless and pray for him.
But you just can’t!
And it does not matter if you feel the Spirit leading you.
That guy was wrong.
He’s going to get someone killed. (You just quenched the Spirit)
Then just to prove your point and disgust for the guy, you roll down the window, honk the horn, and give him a “hand gesture”!

Does any of that sound familiar?
To follow Paul’s instructions you really have to be on your guard all the time and quench the flesh!

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