Living Christian in a secular world

I discovered years ago I like my quiet anointed house.  I like to live in a place the Holy Spirit dwells and I can be protected by His presence.  A place where I can choose what I put into my soul and spirit and what I put into my temple.

Does your spirit ever feel contaminated and dirty?  How do we keep our soul pure and uncontaminated when there are worldly activities and events we have to attend to as commitments to those we love?   Do you ever feel like you need a spiritual shower after you have been around secular music or people who use vulgar language?  I know there are many times my husband and I have felt like we needed a spiritual shower.  Often before we go into those kinds of atmospheres we pray in the Spirit all the way there.  We try to pray in our minds while we are there, but even that is not always effective to keep us feeling spiritually clean.  We spend time afterwards praying in the Spirit again and then taking sometime to either get in the word or soak in the presence of the Lord.

I am not trying to be a stuffy Christian who can’t go outside her walls.  I protect what is mine and my spirit is for me to protect and guard.  Our body is a temple of the Lord, isn’t it my responsibility to make sure my spirit and His Spirit doesn’t have to hear garbage?  I want to honor the Lord Jesus with what I put in my temple and my spirit.

I once heard a story by a Christian evangelist.  He said, “You wouldn’t allow someone to come up and cuss your earthly Father face to face.”  So he said, “Why would you watch a TV show or movie where they are using the Lord’s name in vain?” I don’t personally.  It’s about honoring God.  Our Creator.  The One who loves us so much He came to be our Savior.

I want to guard and protect my heart after all the Bible says, Prov. 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”Are there any out there that feel the same way I do?

My friend said to me one time, “You are a home body.”  I never thought I was.  I travel every other week for ministry, so I have to be out in the world, but she was right.  When I am in my home region, where I live, I am home.  I like being home in my safe, quiet, anointed, guarded environment.

These thoughts started pondering through my mind after I just had attended a wedding reception.  The tasteless dancing and grinding on the dance floor by 60 year old adults, the smell of beer and wine all over the place, and 60 year olds drinking like they were 21 again.  I just couldn’t stand it.  Coupled with the secular music, I didn’t like what was invading my spirit.  I had to sit there for hours to honor this person and by the time I was done I needed a spiritual shower.  The effects of those things can linger.  Yes, Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.  But why should we have to put up with what is in the world?

Some of you might fault me, sayingits part of the world we live in and we are to be light in the darkness.  I am light in the darkness!  I travel the U.S. hosting God’s Love Tours, which are going out into the world for a week at a time to a final destination he gives me.  I get in my van with my team and drive allowing the Holy Spirit to tell me east or west, what restaurant to eat at, which hotel to spend the night.  We don’t preach at a pulpit during these trips, we preach with our lives.  When we are home we go into the malls and stores and do prophetic evangelism.  We are out in the world ministering to store clerks, customers, employees, waitresses, hotel staff, and people having breakfast at hotels.  We are always looking to share God’s love and a prophetic word.  We are in the dark and dirty places, but in those moments it doesn’t feel like I need a spiritual shower.

My question is to be love we have to go to secular functions, but unfortunately it’s not the other way around.  When we invite those same people to a Christian event we hear so many excuses we can’t count them.  How can we love family and friends without exposing ourselves to something we call highly uncomfortable and irritating? I have a couple of close people left I may have to endure another one of those intolerable receptions for, but besides that, wedding receptions are off limits, out of my spirit, not in my life.  I want to honor my God more than that.   Does he understand?  I’m sure he does when we are honoring people, but I’m also going to put Him first and honor what He has given me by guarding my mind and heart and protecting my temple.

~ by Kathy DeGraw on May 14, 2016.

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