Sin Makes You Stupid – 30 Days to Victory Over Temptation

Day 10

Sin changes the way you see the world.  The more you sin, the more foolish you become.  Reject temptation and be wise.

 

Psalm 53:1  “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: There is none that doeth good.”

I knew a preacher that used to say, “Sin makes you stupid.”  The longer I live, the more I agree with him.

Sin is a trojan horse that promises pleasure but has hidden consequences.  It begins to change the way you think and feel.  

Like a computer virus, sin begins to rewrite your operating system.  It changes your priorities, motivations, hopes, and fears.  In fact, you become a different person as you go deeper into sin.

We all know people that used to be honorable who sin has corrupted.  The world is full of examples.  Women that used to be good mothers, who now (more…)

Sin Steals Joy – 30 Days to Victory Over Temptation

Day 9

Sin promises happiness but steals joy.  That’s a trade you don’t want to make.

 

Psalm 51:12  “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Joy is gladness from God.  

It is different than happiness.  Happiness is caused by good things happening to you.  Joy is gladness from God regardless of your circumstances.

Have you ever seen a Christian go through a terrible trial who hasn’t lost their sweetness and their smile? That’s joy.  It allows you to live above your circumstances.

The world cannot give joy.  It only comes from God.  It can’t be bought or bartered, but comes through surrendered obedience to God’s will and Word.

The world promises pleasure through sin.  Make no mistake.  Sin is fun for a season, but the season is short, and the consequences are long.  There is only enough (more…)

The Heavenly Father’s Chastening – 30 Days to Victory

Day 8

As a Good Father, God will not ignore your sin.  He knows how to correct you when you cave into temptation.

Hebrews 12:10  “For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.”

The words chasten or chastise mean “to correct by punishment.”

Have you ever seen a child that clearly needed correction, but the parent did nothing?  I’m sure we all have.  Did the child appreciate it and begin behaving well?  Probably not. 

In fact, the parent’s dereliction of duty will cause many more problems for the child as he grows up and faces the realities of life.

I’m thankful that I had parents that taught me boundaries and held me accountable.  I experienced many “corrections by punishment” as a child, but far less than I deserved!  

When you were born again, God became your Father.  As His child, you must learn to (more…)

Occasion To Blaspheme – 30 Days To Victory Devotional

Day 7

Your testimony as a believer brings God glory or blasphemy.  Make sure it is glory by saying NO to temptation.

 

2 Samuel 12:14“Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that isborn unto thee shall surely die.”

In this verse, Nathan the prophet is explaining to King David the consequences of his sin with Bathsheba.  The baby would not live but go to Heaven.  David would live. God had forgiven his sin.  Nevertheless, David’s transgression had given the enemies of the Lord an excellent opportunity to blaspheme.

Blasphemy is to speak evil against God.

The world knows that Christians are to live differently.  Most unbelievers have a general idea of what God declares as right and wrong.  

When you obey the Lord, He can use your life to bring conviction to unbelievers and glory to Himself.  

When you sin, your testimony loses its effect on the world. 

Unbelievers need to see God working powerfully in your life.  Some are desperate for help.  They need to see your victory to (more…)

Little Sins Lead To Big Sins – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 6

This verse teaches a tremendous universal Truth that applies to many areas of life. While typically used to explain stewardship principles, it also shows us a valuable lesson about sin and temptation.

 

Luke 16:10  “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

If you sin in the “little” things, you will sin in the “big” things.

I understand that there are no little sins in God’s eyes. Never forget that the sin that condemned the world to Hell was eating a piece of fruit that God said was off limits. I am speaking of how people commonly think about sin.

Many people believe they can choose when and how to sin but draw a line that they will never cross. That is not the way sin works. Prisons are full of people that used to think that way.

Sin deceives you to indulge in it. Slowly, the sin that bothered your conscience in the past now seems acceptable. But the thrill begins to wane, so you take the next step toward a bigger more thrilling sin. The steps may be small, but they all head in the same direction – toward destruction.

Have you ever heard someone say, (more…)