There is a war occurring in every Christian. Fleshly desires of the sin nature besiege the redeemed soul. The battle can be exhausting. Here’s how to win.
1 Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”
A new nature was born within you when you trusted Christ. Your soul was cleansed of sin and conveyed the righteousness of Christ. It wants to please God in all things and cannot sin.
Your flesh did not get converted when your soul did. It has the same old desires. Your body doesn’t care what God wants or about your general welfare. Lust takes what it wants without concern for consequence.
As you strive to live for God today, your flesh cries out (more…)
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 accelerates aging and death. Learn why.
Psalm 49:14 “Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.”
God made the human body to live indefinitely. It is a marvel of God’s creative power. Yet, every body will cease to function because of sin.
When Adam sinned, he genetically corrupted the human race, and the sin nature passes from parents to children. Sin kills the soul, and it destroys the body.
After the first sin, mankind still lived to be over 900 years old. After the Flood of Genesis 6, life expectancy dropped to around 120. Then in Psalm 90, God tells us we can expect to live 70 years and if we live longer than that the body will not function well. Why? Because sin destroys the body.
Aging is the visible effect of sin on the body. Wrinkled (more…)
Innocence is precious. Protect it from the corruption of sin.
Romans 16:19 “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”
Most people have a general idea of the definition of innocence. As I looked up the word in Webster’s 1828 dictionary, I was surprised to see that every definition was based on the word freedom.
Innocence is freedom. What a powerful truth!
An innocent child is free from the cares of this life. An innocent man is free from crime and guilt. An innocent Christian is free from the knowledge and experience of sin.
Sin is destructive by nature. It destroys all it touches. It imprisons those who indulge in it.
Eve was innocent until she ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan told her the tree would make her wise. However, God didn’t name it the tree of wisdom. God called it the tree of knowledge. Not all knowledge is good.
At the moment Eve ate of the tree, she was no longer free. She learned (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…)