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…)
There are no little sins. Sin is destructive by nature.
Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
People attempt to categorize sin. Some sins are considered acceptable and others unacceptable. Some sins are considered especially wicked with others not so much.
Most people admit they shouldn’t commit the “big” sins, but feel that dabbling in other sin is ok. “After all, white lies, small indulgences, and occasional allowances can’t be too bad,” they say. They reason (wrongly) that if sin doesn’t hurt anyone that it must be ok.
Every sin hurts somebody. There are no victimless sins. Sin condemns.
Sin is the reason that Hell exists. The first sin of Lucifer was pride. Five times he declared, “I will” against the will of God. He found out that God was in control when He was cast out of Heaven and condemned to eternal damnation.
We must see sin as God (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…)
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…)