Sin Paralyzes Love – 30 Days to Victory

Day 16

Don’t let your heart grow cold.  

 

Matthew 24:12  “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

Most people are particular about the temperature of the beverages they drink.  If it was meant to be hot, they want it hot.  If it was made to be cold, they want it cold.  Anyone a fan of a nice hot milkshake?  I didn’t think so.

Love was made to be hot.  Love is not a state of being but rather a series of actions.  Love works.  It moves.  Like a boiling pot, love is active.  

However, love can cool.  It can lose its fervor.  A boiling pot of love can become an ice cube of apathy in the wrong conditions. 

Love and sin are opposites.  Love is hot.  Sin is cold.   Love gives.  Sin steals.  Love helps.  Sin hurts.  Love flows from the heart of God.  Sin was born in rebellion.

If you put a cup of (more…)

Sin Wars Against The Soul – 30 Days To Victory

Day 15

There is a war occurring in every Christian.  Fleshly desires of the sin nature besiege the redeemed soul.  The battle can be exhausting.  Here’s how to win.

 

1 Peter 2:11  “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”

A new nature was born within you when you trusted Christ.  Your soul was cleansed of sin and conveyed the righteousness of Christ.  It wants to please God in all things and cannot sin.  

Your flesh did not get converted when your soul did.  It has the same old desires.  Your body doesn’t care what God wants or about your general welfare.  Lust takes what it wants without concern for consequence.

As you strive to live for God today, your flesh cries out (more…)

Sin Hardens The Heart – 30 Days of Victory

Day 14

Your heart can be soft or hard. Which is it right now?

A tender heart is absolutely necessary for the Christian. God warns us to guard our heart diligently because all of life’s actions and emotions flow through it.

Satan works restlessly to corrupt the heart through sin. He knows that if he can pollute our hearts that we are easy prey for his other traps.

A soft heart is essential. You won’t live for God without it. A soft heart is tender toward God. It’s grateful for God’s blessings. It’s attentive to His voice. It’s surrendered to His will. It’s kind and compassionate towards others. It’s saddened by sin and rejoices in righteousness. A soft heart wants to please the Lord in all things.

A hard heart is the opposite. It is selfish and unkind. It’s more interested in pleasing self than the Lord.

A hard heart changes how you feel. It is ungrateful. It forgets God’s miracles and blessings to focus on the material. It is cynical and negative. It cares little for the things of God.

A hard heart changes (more…)

Sin Destroys the Body – 30 Days To Victory

Day 13

Sin accelerates aging and death.  Learn why.

 

Psalm 49:14  “Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.”

God made the human body to live indefinitely.  It is a marvel of God’s creative power.  Yet, every body will cease to function because of sin.  

When Adam sinned, he genetically corrupted the human race, and the sin nature passes from parents to children.  Sin kills the soul, and it destroys the body.

After the first sin, mankind still lived to be over 900 years old.  After the Flood of Genesis 6, life expectancy dropped to around 120.  Then in Psalm 90, God tells us we can expect to live 70 years and if we live longer than that the body will not function well.  Why?  Because sin destroys the body.

Aging is the visible effect of sin on the body.  Wrinkled (more…)

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…)