Don’t Be Envious of Sinners – 30 Days to Victory

Day 28

How you think about sin and sinners will protect you from temptation or open the door for seduction.

 

Psalm 37:1  “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”

There are two commands in this verse that will keep us from falling into foolish thinking regarding sinners.  

Fret Not

The word “fret” literally means to grow warm from agitation. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word in this verse to mean, “To tease; to irritate; to vex; to make angry.”

What do you think about when you see the prosperity of the wicked?  Does it (more…)

I Will Be Sorry For My Sin – 30 Days to Victory

Day 27

Sin causes always causes sorrow eventually.  Be sorry now or be sorrier later.

 

Psalm 38:18  “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”

Sin hurts.  It causes death, destruction, pain, and heartache.  Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it always causes something to die.  How can I be so sure?  God declares it.  

One of the many consequences of sin is sorrow.  Sorrow is distress caused by loss.  It is the expression of grief, sadness, or disappointment.

Sin causes three types of sorrow.

Resentment

Sin hurts those around you.  It saddens and disappoints them.  It always hurts them emotionally and sometimes physically.  This sorrow turns into resentment.

Resentment is the feeling of displeasure or indignation.  It says, “How could you do that?” or “I don’t deserve that.”  

Resentment corrupts relationships and burns bridges.  It is sorrow turned into bitterness.

Regret

Regret is to feel sorrow or remorse; to think with a sense of loss.  This sorrow says, “Think what could have been!  Look what I’ve done!  I can’t believe what I’ve lost!”  

Regret is the guaranteed for the sinner.  The rebel cries, “No regrets!” today, but they will know the sting of it eventually; often, after they have wasted years of precious life.  

Repentance

Repentance is more than simple sorrow.  It is an acknowledgment of sin against our Holy God.  It is a sorrow derived from the realization that our sin dishonors God, violates His Word, and disregards His benevolence.  

Our text verse today speaks of repentance.  The psalmist declared his iniquity and confessed his sorrow.  

There are two types of repentance mentioned in 2 Corinthians chapter 7.  Godly sorrow leads to repentance and salvation.  This change of mind leads to a change in action.  Worldly sorrow leads to death.  It is a regret without a change.  It is the sorrow of one that keeps walking toward destruction.

Sin always causes sorrow.  You can remain rebellious until sin takes everything precious from you.  Then you will be sorry.  Or you can repent today.  Declare your sin to God.  Realize the depth of your offense against a Holy God.  Proclaim your sorrow and ask for forgiveness.  

You will be sorry now by choice or later by experience.  

Understand that sin always causes sorrow.  Just say NO to temptation today.  

“Lord, I declare my iniquity. I am sorry for my sin. I’m sorry that my sin offends Your holiness, betrays Your good name, and hurts those You love. Forgive me of my sin. Give me victory over the sins of my flesh. Help me to walk in Thy Spirit today. Amen.’

Read this devotional series from the beginning here.

 

The Way of Escape – 30 Days to Victory Devotional

Day 26

God always provides an exit from temptation for His children.  You don’t have to sin.  

 

1 Corinthians 10:13  “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Have you ever been driving on an interstate and missed your exit?  You can lose a significant amount of time in some areas of the country because the exits are far apart.

When you are on the road of temptation heading toward sin and destruction, God always provides an exit.  Praise God there is a way to escape!  But it’s up to you to take it.  

This verse is vital to (more…)

Peer Pressure – 30 Days To Victory Devotional

Day 24

Peer pressure is a powerful tool the Devil uses to influence people to sin.  Learn to say NO.

 

Proverbs 1:10  “My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not.”

A peer is someone who is of equal standing.  They can be the same age or part of the same group.  Classmates, co-workers, and friends are examples of peers.  

Social pressure is the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.

Let’s put these two together to define our subject for today.  

Peer pressure is when someone of equal standing attempts to persuade or coerce another into doing something they wouldn’t usually do.  

There are two types of peer pressure.  Direct peer pressure (more…)

The Tempter – 30 Days to Victory Devotional

Day 22

There is one behind the scenes planning your demise.  He lurks in the shadows hoping you will not notice him.

Like a puppet master, he pulls strings hoping you follow his lead.  As a skilled tactician, he strategizes your defeat.  As a dark general, he marshalls his forces against you planning attacks.  As a devious con artist, he offers you what you want but only gives pain.  As a subtle liar, he will come to you as a friend only to destroy you after he gains your trust.  He is the tempter.  

He is known by many names: (more…)