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I Am Dated!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 5:17-19

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

If you happen to watch some of the shows on HGTV, you will notice that for the past year or so there is a new phrase that is bantered around---"It is very dated." What that implies is that tastes have changed and what was once in style, is now a thing of the past.

This morning I was thinking about this concept of what is "in" and what is "out." I remember when white sidewall tires were essential for a modern look for your car. When they were first introduced they were about three inches wide. They gradually became narrower and narrower. Then---POOF! They were "dated" and ugly.

There was a time when we kids never used the term: "I'm bored!" We were too busy playing games outside and felt we were abused when we had to come in the house for meals or for bed. I am sure I am "dated."

Back when I was a young man (a very long time ago) manners were taught and practiced. Men held the door for a lady and always walked on the street side of the sidewalk. I think it was to protect from mud that might be splashed up on the couple. I just know I am "dated!"

It used to be proper to wait until you were married to live together. Now it seems to be a rare practice. Not only do couples move in with each other, but friends and family give approval for the practice. It is contrary to God's Word and not acceptable in His sight! Those who are living in this sinful lifestyle must stop it immediately and ask the Lord to forgive them. I am sure that you will agree that I am "dated."

Changes in design, color preferences and tastes might change with no repercussions. But when we begin to change our behavior pattern in conflict with the Word of God, we are in big trouble. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE!

I have heard some people justify their sinful behavior by claiming the days of the Old Testament law were set aside by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Pardon me? Jesus did not do away with the Law, He gave it a new and vital meaning.

He took away the hypocrisy of those who had developed ways to circumvent the Law. He nailed each and everyone of us who live and breathe. In today's Scripture, Jesus makes it abundantly clear that sin is sin and He has not, nor will He ever condone sin.

I may be "dated," in fact I am extremely proud to be "dated," when it means walking in obedience to God's Holy Word. I am looking forward with eager anticipation to that grand and glorious day when each of we "dated" people will hear those wonderful words: "Well done good and faithful servants!"

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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