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.
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There are no little sins. Sin is destructive by nature.
Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
People attempt to categorize sin. Some sins are considered acceptable and others unacceptable. Some sins are considered especially wicked with others not so much.
Most people admit they shouldn’t commit the “big” sins, but feel that dabbling in other sin is ok. “After all, white lies, small indulgences, and occasional allowances can’t be too bad,” they say. They reason (wrongly) that if sin doesn’t hurt anyone that it must be ok.
Every sin hurts somebody. There are no victimless sins. Sin condemns.
Sin is the reason that Hell exists. The first sin of Lucifer was pride. Five times he declared, “I will” against the will of God. He found out that God was in control when He was cast out of Heaven and condemned to eternal damnation.
We must see sin as God (more…)
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…)
Sin promises happiness but steals joy. That’s a trade you don’t want to make.
Psalm 51:12 “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with thy free spirit.”
Joy is gladness from God.
It is different than happiness. Happiness is caused by good things happening to you. Joy is gladness from God regardless of your circumstances.
Have you ever seen a Christian go through a terrible trial who hasn’t lost their sweetness and their smile? That’s joy. It allows you to live above your circumstances.
The world cannot give joy. It only comes from God. It can’t be bought or bartered, but comes through surrendered obedience to God’s will and Word.
The world promises pleasure through sin. Make no mistake. Sin is fun for a season, but the season is short, and the consequences are long. There is only enough (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…)