Sin Erodes Potential – 30 Days to Victory Devotional

Day 19

Sin not only costs you today but also steals from your future.

Psalm 31:10  “For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: My strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.”

One of the least recognized consequences of sin is the loss of future potential.  Every sin has a cost.  Some sins cost a lifetime.  The results of these sins change the trajectory of a life reducing options in the future.  

 

Older people grasp this truth better than young people.  It is hard for youths to understand the infinite potential of a life lived for God.  They know they have potential but cannot perceive the heights available to them through obedience to God.  Also, they don’t appreciate the devastating effects sin has on their future.  

Adults have a different perspective.  They (more…)

Sin Perverts The Mind – 30 Days to Victory Devotional

Day 18

Sin can change you from the inside out. Protect yourself by rejecting temptation.

 

2 Corinthians 10:5  “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Sin is deceitful. It seduces you with the promise of pleasure but secures sadness and pain. If sin is so terrible, why then do people keep sinning?

Sin perverts the mind. It corrupts the way people think. It reduces the capacity to think logically. It confuses right and wrong. It rewrites existing concepts of morality, priority, and deity. In short, people become different when they continue in sin.

I could tell you many stories of good people who have been entirely changed by the deceitfulness of sin. If you have ever seen it happen, you know (more…)

Sin Postpones God’s Purposes – 30 Days to Victory Devotional

Day 17

Sin separates you from God. Also, it separates you from God’s will and delays God’s work in your life.

 

Romans 13:14  “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

God has a will for you and work for you to do. You will find great joy and satisfaction in fulfilling the purposes for which God created you. One man said, “Success in the Christian life is to find God’s will and do it.”

Sin postpones God’s purpose in your life. Sin holds up your progress. It delays your Christian growth. It suspends God’s blessings. Sin hinders you from doing what you were made to do. Is the fleeting pleasure of sin worth (more…)

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 Condemns the Soul – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 11

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…)