Sin Paralyzes Love – 30 Days to Victory

Day 16

Don’t let your heart grow cold.  

 

Matthew 24:12  “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

Most people are particular about the temperature of the beverages they drink.  If it was meant to be hot, they want it hot.  If it was made to be cold, they want it cold.  Anyone a fan of a nice hot milkshake?  I didn’t think so.

Love was made to be hot.  Love is not a state of being but rather a series of actions.  Love works.  It moves.  Like a boiling pot, love is active.  

However, love can cool.  It can lose its fervor.  A boiling pot of love can become an ice cube of apathy in the wrong conditions. 

Love and sin are opposites.  Love is hot.  Sin is cold.   Love gives.  Sin steals.  Love helps.  Sin hurts.  Love flows from the heart of God.  Sin was born in rebellion.

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Sin Hardens The Heart – 30 Days of Victory

Day 14

Your heart can be soft or hard. Which is it right now?

A tender heart is absolutely necessary for the Christian. God warns us to guard our heart diligently because all of life’s actions and emotions flow through it.

Satan works restlessly to corrupt the heart through sin. He knows that if he can pollute our hearts that we are easy prey for his other traps.

A soft heart is essential. You won’t live for God without it. A soft heart is tender toward God. It’s grateful for God’s blessings. It’s attentive to His voice. It’s surrendered to His will. It’s kind and compassionate towards others. It’s saddened by sin and rejoices in righteousness. A soft heart wants to please the Lord in all things.

A hard heart is the opposite. It is selfish and unkind. It’s more interested in pleasing self than the Lord.

A hard heart changes how you feel. It is ungrateful. It forgets God’s miracles and blessings to focus on the material. It is cynical and negative. It cares little for the things of God.

A hard heart changes (more…)

Sin Makes You Stupid – 30 Days to Victory Over Temptation

Day 10

Sin changes the way you see the world.  The more you sin, the more foolish you become.  Reject temptation and be wise.

 

Psalm 53:1  “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: There is none that doeth good.”

I knew a preacher that used to say, “Sin makes you stupid.”  The longer I live, the more I agree with him.

Sin is a trojan horse that promises pleasure but has hidden consequences.  It begins to change the way you think and feel.  

Like a computer virus, sin begins to rewrite your operating system.  It changes your priorities, motivations, hopes, and fears.  In fact, you become a different person as you go deeper into sin.

We all know people that used to be honorable who sin has corrupted.  The world is full of examples.  Women that used to be good mothers, who now (more…)

Occasion To Blaspheme – 30 Days To Victory Devotional

Day 7

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…)

You Don’t Have To Sin – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 3

Let this Truth sink in.  You.  Don’t.  Have.  To.  Sin.  Learn why in this article.

Romans 6:22  “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”

It is imperative that you grasp the magnitude of this truth.  Many people believe in the worldly philosophy of determinism.  

Determinism is the belief that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will. Some go so far as to imply that individual humans have no free will and cannot be held morally responsible for their actions.  It is a widespread belief among atheistic scientists and philosophers.  Unfortunately, this unbiblical philosophy that makes everyone a victim has crept into our churches.  This false doctrine may take various forms, but they all come from the same corrupt root.

On the contrary, the Bible teaches that everyone is responsible for their choices and actions.  God has given you a free will.  In His sovereignty, He (more…)