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…)

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…)

Christ Died For Our Sins – 30 Days To Victory Over Temptation

Day 5

Why did Jesus Christ endure the Cross? It was the price required to pay for sin. He did it to pay for the sin that you are tempted to commit.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3  “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”

It helps to remember how terrible sin is when struggling with temptation. The world, the flesh, and the devil try to convince us that sin isn’t really a big deal. They will say that most of what the Bible calls sins are personal preferences that don’t hurt anybody.

Just how bad is sin?

The awfulness of a storm is measured by what it costs to fix the damage created by it. The awfulness of sin can be calculated using the same measure.

It is easy to see the horrible effects of sin in the world. That evidence alone should be enough to convince a rational person of sin’s repulsiveness.

Furthermore, sin is so damaging, dangerous, and destructive that it was dragging the entire human race to Hell!

However, if you want to see just how terrible sin is you must look at the Cross of Calvary. There you will see (more…)

I Abhor Myself – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 4

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…)