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 changes the way you see the world. The more you sin, the more foolish you become. Reject temptation and be wise.
Psalm 53:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: There is none that doeth good.”
I knew a preacher that used to say, “Sin makes you stupid.” The longer I live, the more I agree with him.
Sin is a trojan horse that promises pleasure but has hidden consequences. It begins to change the way you think and feel.
Like a computer virus, sin begins to rewrite your operating system. It changes your priorities, motivations, hopes, and fears. In fact, you become a different person as you go deeper into sin.
We all know people that used to be honorable who sin has corrupted. The world is full of examples. Women that used to be good mothers, who now (more…)
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…)
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…)
Of all the consequences for sin, one of the most sinister is self-hatred. It’s just not worth it.
Job 42:6 “Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent In dust and ashes.”
The world, the flesh, and the devil, will conspire together to lie, deceive and seduce the believer to sin. Only after the sin takes place, they unleash the painful truth.
Sin is awful. Sin destroys. The wages of sin is death. The sin was a violation against God who loves you so much; an attack against the Saviour died for you; a trespass against your wife, your children, your friends, and your fellow church members.
Satan will torment you with your wickedness. How could a child of God stoop so low to do this awful deed? Lies mixed with doubts and questions consume your mind. Are you even saved? Why should you even try to go on? You are a failure who will keep failing for the rest of your life. You might as well quit now.
This awful game of temptation and condemnation shows the diabolical nature of satan. He will work so hard to lead us away by our own lust encouraging us to sin and then persecute us with the truth that we already know. We should not have done it.
Every believer knows sin is wrong. When we choose to live in sin it creates a level self-hatred that the rest of the world can never know.
We hate the sin. We hate the consequences (more…)