I don’t need your permission.

268It was pretty disappointing the day I saw one of my favourite “celebrity” worship leaders dressed in a way too short, way too tight little black dress on Instagram.

She’s a christian leader, I thought. How could she forget about modesty?

As time went on I questioned whether my standards were too high. She was a great woman who experienced the presence of God, loved her husband and family and was impacting people. Maybe I was wrong.

Disappointment hit my husband the day we were watching a high-profile speaker that we look up to. He referenced a movie that we thought was really inappropriate.

Doubt started to set in rapidly. He is a pillar in the christian community. He couldn’t get off track? Maybe we are just too intense.

Countless situations like this have happened to us where we wonder if we have permission to go back on a conviction because of a recognized leader.

You are only released from your convictions when God gives you permission.

Don’t lose your passion for holiness.

Even if everyone else started dressing in a way you consider immodest, and the movies they talk about are straight from hell themselves, you can’t cave.

For whatever reason God doesn’t ask us all to follow the same convictions. He might ask me to give up something that he doesn’t ask you to give up.

What matters is that you and I obey God, no matter who around you is doing otherwise.

So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:13-16 (emphasis mine)

I love historical movies. Anything set a hundred years ago or earlier doesn’t require much more than a horse-drawn carriage to enthrall me.

When Downton Abby came out, I was instantly hooked.

I was a season behind and it seemed like suddenly every evening consisted of us indulging in that world.

This was during the same time that my husband and I were working to get our spiritual life as a couple in the right direction so that we could be used to the fullest by the Lord.

It was tough to surrender, but we knew God told us we weren’t too watch it anymore.

This wasn’t a moral issue, but an obedience issue. God had other things he wanted us to do with our time.

I still find it hard, I’m such a sucker for that kind of stuff. My favourite christian leaders watch it. And they’re awesome people.

But I’m not responsible to the people I look up to. I’m responsible to God.

No matter who around you is giving permission, don’t go back on what God has told you to do.

You are only released from your convictions when God himself releases you.

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