We love to blame people or circumstances for the wrong we do. We do this because it is the easy way out of the situation. Sometimes we feel satisfied that there was a reason that made us sin. But is it the truth? Definitely not!
You can easily find out or make reasons that caused … Read the rest
To live a life of victory in the Christian walk it needs constant watchfulness.
This is because we have a powerful enemy who is constantly on the prowl. So in 1 Peter chapter 5 and verse 8 we are warned to be self-controlled and alert. This is because the enemy who is the devil prowls … Read the rest
Sin loves the rear-view mirror. It keeps you looking backward. And it often happens in two ways:
It can keep you in despair by reminding you of past sins; even though God says in Isaiah chapter 43 verse 25 that He is the One who blots out your transgressions and remembers your sins no more.… Read the rest
One of the polished arrows in the quiver of Satan is “The Deception of Tomorrow!” This arrow strikes the bullseye time after time. So it is time to raise the shield of faith to destroy this flaming arrow of the enemy.
How many times have you yielded to sin simply when you heard a voice … Read the rest
One of the major reasons why Christians fail to maintain a sinless walk is because they believe a lot of lies! Surprised to read this statement. Well, it is true.
One thing that we should be sure about is the source of all temptation. It comes from Satan. It can come from no other source. … Read the rest
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high . . . on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend (Job 16:19, 21 NIV).
Job longed for someone to plead his cause with God (Job 9:33). Like him we too might come to a … Read the rest
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live (Numbers 33:55 NIV).
This was an instruction to the Israelites who were about to enter … Read the rest
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor (Deuteronomy 5:21 NIV).
A non-Christian friend once asked to be shown where the ten commandments where located in the Bible. When … Read the rest
They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the Lord in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people (Numbers 31:16 NIV).
Influences that turn you away from the Lord are everywhere. God commands you not to tolerate such influences in … Read the rest
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him (Exodus 3:19 NIV).
God is concerned for you. He has already dispatched His message to deliver you from whatever is holding you in bondage and slavery. But that does not mean that the king of Egypt … Read the rest
Create in me a pure heart, O God (Psalm 51:10a NIV).
This is a sincere prayer coming from the heart of a repentant man. He is desperate in his prayer. He knows that God alone can create in him a pure heart. When these conditions meet together, God can create in you too a pure … Read the rest
Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not of their delicacies (Psalm 141:4 NIV).
Make this your prayer every single day: “Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil.” Why is this so important? It is important … Read the rest
They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins (1 Kings 18:30b NIV).
Are you expecting to see God come back to your life in a mighty way? If so, the first step is to repair the altar.
You may have allowed it to lie in ruins for … Read the rest
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon (Isaiah 55:7 NIV).
With God, there is compromise with sin and wickedness. According to His eternal laws, those who sin earn … Read the rest
If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared (Psalm 130:3, 4 NIV).
Forgiveness of sins is the bridge that God builds. It opens the way for you to get near God. There is no other way. So look to … Read the rest
He relents from sending calamity (Joel 2:13z NIV).
Are you fearful of God’s judgment falling on you? If yes, then there is still hope. God can relent from sending calamity. The word “relent” means agreeing to something finally after initially refusing.
It also means a softening of attitude. So, there is a possibility that God … Read the rest
But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 NIV).
If this call never came! What would have happened? Think about it. Hope would die; killed instantaneously and without mercy.
“Where are you?” Most of us would dread such a call from God. It is true that He calls out to … Read the rest
I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl (Job 31:1 NIV).
There are many agreements made in this world. It is usually between two or more parties. But here Job is making an agreement with himself. That sounds strange but it is true. He made an agreement with his … Read the rest
Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; I will not forget you. I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you (Isaiah 44:21,22 NIV).
God is asking His … Read the rest
The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you” (Zechariah 3:4 NIV).
We are shown here the saving work of Christ on our behalf. Satan stands to accuse us. … Read the rest
Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression (Psalm 19:12,13 NIV).
We live in a world which constantly tries to whitewash sin. By believing these lies about sins people go on living … Read the rest
When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions (Psalm 65:3 NIV).
Have you ever been under the tremendous load of some object that you tried to lift? Even as you tried to lift it up you started to bend and your knees began to waver.
Your arms pained as you tried to walk … Read the rest
But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23 NIV).
Sin affects people. But it is more important to note that ALL sin is against the Lord. The more you think that sin is OK as … Read the rest
I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy… I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy (Leviticus 11:44a, 45 NIV).
We often try to define sin. Actually it is an attempt to find out … Read the rest
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions (Psalm 51:1 NIV).
There is no cry that God will listen to more than this one. There is a sure answer to this heartbroken cry. God would stop all other activity to listen to this … Read the rest
I destroyed the Amorite before them, though he was tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks. I destroyed his fruit above and his roots below (Amos 2:9 NIV).
In this passage God is declaring to Israel what He had done for them. God had dislodged and destroyed the Amorite people from before the … Read the rest
In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat (Isaiah 10:27 NIV).
A day will come when every bondage in your life will be broken. What a relief will it be when the burden that drowned you … Read the rest
One dictionary defines complacency as: “A feeling of satisfaction with yourself or with a situation, so that you do not think any change is necessary; the state of being complacent1.”
This sin of complacency is what destroyed the Israelites from enjoying the fullness of the Promised Land of Canaan. Joshua asked this question to them: … Read the rest