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.
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…)
An unbiblical philosophy of money has ruined many people. Will you be another casualty?
1 Timothy 6:9 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
In the Bible, the word “riches” speaks of abundance. Usually, it means the wealth of money and possessions. This verse warns that money has unique temptations. Let’s learn them so we can protect ourselves.
Desire for Riches
Money represents power, possessions, and options. Who wouldn’t like to have extra money after all the bills are paid? Who wouldn’t want the choices that riches provide? We all would.
Yet, the desire for money can become controlling. Covetousness (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…)
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.
Have you ever heard someone say, (more…)