So far, we have discussed pride, envy, and anger. Today, idleness is the topic. God disdains the sin of laziness in his people. Laziness is simply not congruent with the Christian life and a bad witness to those around us. Diligence should accompany our salvation, not laziness! We are warned about laziness both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Solomon writes about it in 21 of his Proverbs and emphasizes it in Ecclesiastes 10:18 (“If you are lazy, the rafters sag; if you hands are idle, the house leaks.”)
Here is a good example of Solomon’s wisdom in Proverbs 26:14. “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard (lazy person) turns on his bed.” Continue reading
So goes the next sin we need to address. This is a biggy. The last two were pride and envy, and then we differentiated jealousy from envy. Bad sins, but this next one gets to the core in many of us. It’s when anger grabs a hold of us and won’t let go….. Continue reading
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“We are broken people living in a broken world.” -Randy Rowland
I don’t want to apologize to blog readers about talking about sin. We should realize at least these six things about sin:
#1- it affects ALL people. Only Jesus was sinless.
#2-ALL people are prone to it. Sometimes it is subtle.
#3-There are many things about certain sins that we secretly love (that’s what the next few blogs are about) Continue reading
What’s left of a vehicle sucked up into the vortex of a tornado
Don’t be too close of a storm tracker! The story goes of a tornado chaser in Oklahoma who would use local radar to keep a safe distance from the funnel while observing their destructive paths so he could report sudden changes to people who were in danger. One day the funnel he was chasing broke into two, and reversed paths very abruptly. Before he knew it, the tornado had picked up his car and threw it 700 yards! Continue reading
Remember that Satan (the devil) is a like a roaring lion. 1 Peter 5:8-9a says this: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around lie a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”
God has allowed Satan to prowl the earth, looking for people to spiritually destroy. In our finite minds, we don’t understand it. But know this, God has given us what is necessary to resist Satan.
We have many pieces of defensive equipment to resist him!
Ephesians 6:13-18 says, “Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Believers- have defensive armor on!
Remember Satan’s ability to mess with your heart. Don’t let him!
In my last blog, I discussed our true enemies:
1-Our hearts- yes, believe it. Your imagination can be Satan’s playground. Combat it with Philippians 4:8-9!
2-The world we live in
3-Satan, or the Devil, has some major control in the world. He is our focus now.
The One who is in you (God) is greater than the world (Satan)– What encouraging verses for the believer. 1 John 4:4-6 says, You are from God and have overcome the false teachers, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Every minute of the day, the Christian has three adversaries to deal with:
- Our hearts. Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is desperately wicked, who can understand it but God”. Aren’t you shocked sometimes at what your heart thinks? Pretty scary. Much of your heart is Satan’s playground- your imagination and thought life to name two key areas. Only God can change your heart. Remember that!