Sin Withholds Good Things – 30 Days to Victory

Day 29

Sin costs more than you think.  Only eternity will reveal its actual price.

 

Jeremiah 5:25  “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.”

Sin always causes pain, sorrow, and destruction.  Those consequences are easy to see.  However, there is another price to sin that is more difficult to measure.  

This verse tells us that sin withholds good. There are good things that God has in store for you.  He plans to give them to you.  God’s gifts include (more…)

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 Temptation of Riches – 30 Days To Victory

Day 25

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…)

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…)