New King James Version (NKJV)
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
What does this scripture mean? The bottom line is you can't play with fire and not get burned. I think it is interesting that the Lord chooses to talk about our clothes being burned. This is our outward appearance. This is what people see before they see the inside of us. Do you not realize that many of you are destroying your witness because you are participating in things that you know you shouldn't. Perhaps you have even in the past stopped doing these same things because you felt they hurt your testimony. Why would you return to such things? Why would you participate in anything that could hurt a lost person's chances to know Jesus Christ? Why would you do anything that could lead others away from Jesus Christ. Don't be misled, you are also leading yourself away from the presence of Jesus Christ. It is only a matter of time until your clothes are so burned that people don't recognize you as a the man or woman you are. Reality check, you don't even feel like the same child of the Most High!
But make no mistake after your clothes are unrecognizable and your testimony destroyed there is still plenty to burn and eventually you begin to slowly burn up. In the end the Holy Spirit has no impact in your life, you are not only no good to the kingdom of God, but you actually are destroying the very lives you once impacted. The children of God have no respect for you, and the lost deem you a joke and man of many words and yet the actions of your life not only are misaligned with your plentiful words, but they are actually opposite to what you speak. Then comes the attitude that I don't care what people think, the saddest condition of all. I am hurting the Kingdom of God and I don't even care. On bended knee is where you belong, repenting and seeking Jesus Christ with all your heart. The alternative is not pleasant. Stop lying to yourself and those around you act like Jesus Christ has saved you in everything you do.
Brother Big Daddy