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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Friday, April 1, 2011

NO FOOLING WITH SIN

For those who fly you know what it is like to look at the clouds, which appear so pretty and puffy to the naked eye but in actuality when the plane 'punches through' can shake your nerves a bit. You may rattle, rock, and roll a bit bouncing around in unstable air. So in reality the clouds look nice but are deceiving. Sometimes it is a bit unnerving.

Sin is a bit like that. It can look good then reach out and 'bite' you if you don't take heed. There is a saying that 'there is pleasure in sin for a season.' Self control is needed to run away from sin at times. The enemy is out there constantly trying to get you to fall into sin and enticing you. The world can lure us into sin too. Underwear ads on TV for instance may have to be turned off if they cause a male member of your home to lust. In Hebrews 12:1 it tells us to " Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." It is clear from this verse. Run away from it.

Many may not realize what they are doing is sinful. "We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" it says in Romans 3:23. We are supposed to confess our sins so we have an open line of communication with God. Psalm 66:18 says "If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." We can not continually lead a lifestyle contrary to the scriptures knowingly and willfully sinning. The enemy may lie to you and help you justify what you are caught up in.

Some notable sins are lying, cheating, hating people, stealing, adultery, homosexuality, sex before marriage,divorce, drunkenness, gluttony, judging, lusting, coveting to name a few. There are no categories of sin saying that killing is worse in Gods' book than overeating or drunkenness. Sin is sin to God. Some churches like to 'shoot their wounded' so to speak when they need to open their arms with mercy and grace and show kindness and forgiveness. Don't get all self righteous and holier than thou thinking you are better than people since you have not committed some certain sin. 1 Corinthians 6:11 will get rid of that haughty spirit and it says "And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 John 3:15 says"Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him."

So the Lord is pretty clear in his word, The Bible, what is right and what is wrong. God can forgive and God can heal the wounded heart. You have to come to him and admit you are a sinner. Ephesians 2:8 tells us "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."

The Bible tells us you will reap what you sow. (See Galatians 6:7-9). Hang around the wrong kind of people and get the wrong kind of results. Evil company corrupts good morals the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:33.

Today in our culture here in America some sins are called an 'alternate lifestyle." Even many Christians have bought into this. We are to 'tolerate' others. God's word is clear, There is a right standard and there is a wrong standard. Right and wrong used to be taught not only in the home but in schools. But if God is kicked out of our nations schools you can see the result in todays' society. Isaiah 5:20 says "Woe to those who call good evil and evil good." If you do not stay plugged into a Bible teaching church and spend time in the word you will not know what is right or wrong. There is no compromise of right and wrong in God's word or in God's kingdom.

Last night I spent night in Atlanta airport and noted all the shops are all locked up with gates they pull down and lock til the passengers return about 4 or 5 in the morning. I got to thinking that if sin had not entered the world with Adam and Eve then store owners could leave things unlocked and not worry about thieves. But man has a sinful nature. The Bible tells us to store up for ourselves treasure in heaven where thieves do not break in and steal. (See Matthew 6:20). Is your treasure stored up in heaven? Do you know God can forgive you of your sins if you only ask him? When the Son has set you free you can be free indeed.(See John 8:36).

James 5:16 says to "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." God can heal you and he wants you to be set free.

PRAYER: Dear Lord help me stay on the path in life that leads to eternal life. Forgive me when I have done something against your word to displease you. Help me treat me body like the temple of God it is. Help me run the race to win and keep the strongholds of temptations away and if they come help me to resist them. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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