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…)

You Don’t Have To Sin – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 3

Let this Truth sink in.  You.  Don’t.  Have.  To.  Sin.  Learn why in this article.

Romans 6:22  “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”

It is imperative that you grasp the magnitude of this truth.  Many people believe in the worldly philosophy of determinism.  

Determinism is the belief that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will. Some go so far as to imply that individual humans have no free will and cannot be held morally responsible for their actions.  It is a widespread belief among atheistic scientists and philosophers.  Unfortunately, this unbiblical philosophy that makes everyone a victim has crept into our churches.  This false doctrine may take various forms, but they all come from the same corrupt root.

On the contrary, the Bible teaches that everyone is responsible for their choices and actions.  God has given you a free will.  In His sovereignty, He (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…)