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…)
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…)
God is the Deliverer, not the tempter.
James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”
The word “tempt” has two primary meanings in the Bible. It is vital that you don’t get the two confused.
Let’s define them according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. It is a reliable resource to define Bible words quickly.
Definition 1 – “To incite or solicit to an evil act; to entice to something wrong by presenting arguments that are plausible or convincing, or by the offer of some pleasure or apparent advantage as the inducement.”
This is a temptation to sin.
Definition 2 – “In Scripture, to try: to prove; to put to trial for proof.”
This is a temptation to see.
God will never tempt you to sin. He does not (more…)
Sins don’t happen alone. They operate in groups. If you surrender to one sin, expect more to follow.
Luke 11:26 “Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
This parable speaks of a man who had an evil spirit. The evil spirit left him. I believe the story implies that the man worked to rid himself of the evil spirit. He was successful for a period of time. However, the evil spirit recruited seven more wicked spirits and barged back into the man’s life. He was worse off in the end than he was in the beginning!
[shareable]Remember that sins run in groups. When you open the door to one, you are inviting more to follow.[/shareable]
There are several vital truths found in this parable.
Willpower is not enough to (more…)
Sin not only costs you today but also steals from your future.
Psalm 31:10 “For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: My strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.”
One of the least recognized consequences of sin is the loss of future potential. Every sin has a cost. Some sins cost a lifetime. The results of these sins change the trajectory of a life reducing options in the future.
[shareable]It has been said, ‘The decisions you make today determine what choices are available to you tomorrow.'[/shareable]
Older people grasp this truth better than young people. It is hard for youths to understand the infinite potential of a life lived for God. They know they have potential but cannot perceive the heights available to them through obedience to God. Also, they don’t appreciate the devastating effects sin has on their future.
Adults have a different perspective. They (more…)