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…)

Should I Tithe on My Tax Return?

You don’t want to rob God, but you’re not sure how to handle your tax return.  What does the Bible say?

Proverbs 3:9–10 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Dedicated Christians tithe. We tithe by returning 10% of our increase to the Lord through our local church. This is a straightforward calculation for your regular paycheck. As a pastor, I have been asked many times how to tithe off of a tax return. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

Tithe off of Net Pay

If you have been tithing off of your net pay (this is the amount you receive with taxes removed), you have not tithed from all your income. Even though the government takes tax out before it gets to you, it is still part of your increase. You must tithe off of your entire tax refund.

Tithe off of Gross Pay

I recommend tithing off of your gross pay from each paycheck. This is the amount you are paid before taxes are taken out. Furthermore, I urge that you tithe off of your entire (more…)

10 Things Worth Striving For

You are spending your time, talent and treasure toward something. Don’t waste your investment. Make sure the end is worth the effort. Here are ten things worth striving for.

STRIVE
1. To make efforts; to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard; applicable to exertions of body or mind. A workman strives to perform his task before another; a student strives to excel his fellows in improvement.
Strive with me in your prayers to God for me. Rom. 15.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate. Luke 13.
2. To contend; to contest; to struggle in opposition to another; to be in contention or dispute; followed by against or with before the person or thing opposed; as, strive against temptation; strive for the truth.
My spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen. 6.
3. To oppose by contrariety of qualities.
Now private pity strove with public hate,
4. To vie; to be comparable to; to emulate; to contend in excellence.

Each of us is striving towards something. We get up in the morning to do it. We spend our time and money towards it. We think about it in our spare time. We go without preferences and sometimes necessities to attain it. What is “it” for you? What are you striving towards?

Some people are striving to survive. Working day to day to pay the bills, keep a roof over their heads, and feed the family. Others strive to be rich. They have enough for their basic needs and most of their wants, yet they hope to reach some financial number that will bring them freedom from the rat race. Many strive to be the best in their profession or sport to attain fame and fortune.

Have you ever thought about what would happen if (more…)