Sin Corrupts Innocence – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 12

Innocence is precious.  Protect it from the corruption of sin.

 

Romans 16:19  “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”

Most people have a general idea of the definition of innocence.  As I looked up the word in Webster’s 1828 dictionary, I was surprised to see that every definition was based on the word freedom.

Innocence is freedom.  What a powerful truth!

An innocent child is free from the cares of this life.  An innocent man is free from crime and guilt.  An innocent Christian is free from the knowledge and experience of sin.

Sin is destructive by nature.  It destroys all it touches.  It imprisons those who indulge in it.  

Eve was innocent until she ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Satan told her the tree would make her wise.  However, God didn’t name it the tree of wisdom.   God called it the tree of knowledge.  Not all knowledge is good.  

At the moment Eve ate of the tree, she was no longer free.  She learned (more…)

Sin Condemns the Soul – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 11

There are no little sins.  Sin is destructive by nature.

 

Ezekiel 18:4  “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

People attempt to categorize sin.  Some sins are considered acceptable and others unacceptable.  Some sins are considered especially wicked with others not so much. 

Most people admit they shouldn’t commit the “big” sins, but feel that dabbling in other sin is ok.  “After all, white lies, small indulgences, and occasional allowances can’t be too bad,” they say.  They reason (wrongly) that if sin doesn’t hurt anyone that it must be ok.

Every sin hurts somebody.  There are no victimless sins.  Sin condemns.

Sin is the reason that Hell exists.  The first sin of Lucifer was pride.  Five times he declared, “I will” against the will of God.  He found out that God was in control when He was cast out of Heaven and condemned to eternal damnation.

We must see sin as God (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…)

Do You Need Joy? Here Are 10 Ways To Get It Today.

Ten Sources of Joy

Joy is a gift from God that makes life better. Here are 10 ways you can get it.

Psalm 4:7  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

Joy seems to come naturally to some.  For others, like me, it seems harder to come by. I carry a lot of burdens. I have plenty of my own and I get the privilege to help others bear their burdens as well. If I’m not careful, I can live without joy – sometimes even forgetting that it is an option. Living without joy is not good. Decide to live a joyful life.

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.

Happiness is fleeting and uncontrollable.  Joy is lasting and available.

If someone gives you $100 that makes you happy. If you lose $100 that makes you sad. Joy allows you to be glad regardless.

Have you ever seen a Christian go through a terrible trial who hasn’t lost their sweetness and their smile? That’s joy.

Joy comes from God and (more…)

3 Reasons People Commit Suicide

and how to stop them

Suicide is a tragedy that takes place far too often. Don’t let it happen to you or your loved ones.

Every human is created with a desire to live. Self-preservation is the first instinct of mankind. Even satan knows that most people will do anything to save their own skin.

Job 2:4
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”

Why then do some people choose to take their own lives?

Years ago we had a young man start coming to church sporadically. He was in and out of jail and had a daughter that would ride our bus occasionally or come with a family member. He stopped interacting with us, and I lost track of him until the day my phone rang with the news that he hung himself in his parent’s garage. The family was devastated. Everyone that knew him was hurting deeply.  It was a difficult funeral.

Most people give the quick answers of depression, anxiety, and mental illness. Is it really that simple?

Suicide is too complicated to cover thoroughly in one article. Today, let’s look at a few reasons people take their own lives and learn how to help them before it’s too late. (more…)