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…)
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.
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How will you win the battle over sin and temptation? Through Jesus Christ your Lord!
Romans 7:25“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Before salvation, you were a slave to sin and a child of the devil. Praise God that salvation through faith in Christ made you free from sin and a child of God! You have a new Master now.
The word “Lord” means supreme master. In this verse, the word literally means “controller.”
Jesus can be your Saviour, but not your Lord. He asked the people in Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” To be saved, you must confess Him as Lord acknowledging that is His position as the Son of God. But do you live like He is your Lord? Do you seek His will, ask His preferences, and submit to His way when you don’t agree?
Many professing Christians call Jesus Lord but live contrary to His Word. Even committed Christians will obey in some areas and live how they choose in others. My friend, either (more…)
Every Christian must face the reality of temptation.
Romans 7:24 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”
You will face temptation in this world until your salvation is completed. Let me explain. When you were born again, God saved you to the uttermost. You will never be more saved than you were at the moment you trusted Christ. Nevertheless, full salvation takes place in three parts:
- Salvation – Past – Saved from the penalty of sin.
- Sanctification – Present – Saved from the power of sin.
- Glorification – Future – Saved from the presence of sin.
Learning these three words will help us understand temptation and how to fight it.
Many incredible things happened when you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Your sins were forgiven. You were born into the family of God. You were sealed with the Holy Spirit. Your place in Heaven was reserved. Your eternal inheritance was reserved. This list of God’s goodness toward us through salvation is far too extensive for us to list here.
At salvation, you were saved from the penalty of sin, but your redeemed soul still lives in a fleshly body that has sinful desires. You have two natures battling for control. That’s why we (more…)
Temptation is a reality in every Christian’s life. Learn how to overcome it with God’s Word in this 30-day devotional journey.
I have something exciting to announce.
Every morning for the next 30 days I will post a Bible truth that empowers us to say NO to temptation. This devotional style series will give 30 Bible Truths that will change the way you think about and respond to fleshly desires.
Summer is a time of increased temptation for many. Over my 20+ years of ministry, I’ve witnessed many Christians succumb to temptations during that summer that they would have never considered any other time of the year.
Let’s decide together that we will finish the summer spiritually stronger than when be started it.
Will you join us for the journey?
See you tomorrow!