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…)

Your New Master – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 2

How will you win the battle over sin and temptation?  Through Jesus Christ your Lord!

Romans 7:25“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Before salvation, you were a slave to sin and a child of the devil.  Praise God that salvation through faith in Christ made you free from sin and a child of God!  You have a new Master now.  

The word “Lord” means supreme master.  In this verse, the word literally means “controller.”  

Jesus can be your Saviour, but not your Lord.  He asked the people in Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”  To be saved, you must confess Him as Lord acknowledging that is His position as the Son of God.  But do you live like He is your Lord?  Do you seek His will, ask His preferences, and submit to His way when you don’t agree?

Many professing Christians call Jesus Lord but live contrary to His Word.  Even committed Christians will obey in some areas and live how they choose in others.  My friend, either (more…)

Temptation – Every Christian’s Battle

Day One

Every Christian must face the reality of temptation.

Romans 7:24  “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

 You will face temptation in this world until your salvation is completed.  Let me explain.  When you were born again, God saved you to the uttermost.  You will never be more saved than you were at the moment you trusted Christ.  Nevertheless, full salvation takes place in three parts:

  1. Salvation – Past – Saved from the penalty of sin.  
  2. Sanctification – Present – Saved from the power of sin.  
  3. Glorification – Future – Saved from the presence of sin.

Learning these three words will help us understand temptation and how to fight it.

Salvation

Many incredible things happened when you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour.  Your sins were forgiven.  You were born into the family of God.  You were sealed with the Holy Spirit. Your place in Heaven was reserved.  Your eternal inheritance was reserved.  This list of God’s goodness toward us through salvation is far too extensive for us to list here.

At salvation, you were saved from the penalty of sin, but your redeemed soul still lives in a fleshly body that has sinful desires.  You have two natures battling for control.  That’s why we (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…)