Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Devil Made Me Do It!

 Have you ever heard someone say, "The Devil made me do it!" 

I believe that when some people get in trouble for doing something wrong, they want to blame anyone besides themselves. It is just easier to blame others than it is to accept responsibility for our own actions. So, whom should we blame?

Some blame the Devil and some blame God. But, who is responsible for our sinning?

James 1:13  "When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone."

So, God did not make me sin!

James 1:14-15 "but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."

And the Devil did not make me sin! 

So, who should I blame for my sin?

OK, I admit it, it is my fault! The only one I can blame for my sin is me.

There is hope for those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

So, when I sin, I need to confess my sin and repent of it and Jesus Christ will forgive me and make me clean again.

Do you need to confess any sin today?

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What Is Most Important?

Many of us have a bucket list of things that we want to do before we die. Some of us want to travel to some foreign country. 

Some of us want to build our dream home.

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Some of us want to have an exciting career. 

While all of these things are great, and I hope that we can reach our life dreams and goals, but there are more important goals. 

What is on my mind today is eternity. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I know that He is coming back for His children soon. With that comes great joy for those who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior.

However, for those who have not accepted Him, they will face a day of judgment following their death. The bible tells us about the Second Coming of Christ. This is also the Day of Judgment. This day will come after the Great Tribulation period spoken of in the book of Revelation. This is why I am sad in my heart, that there will be some people who spend eternity in Hell. 

The bible says in Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV) "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment."

So, while it would be nice if we could all have everything we dream of, what are we doing to tell others about Jesus?

Death is permanent you know!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Loving Those Who Do Not Love Us Back

For most of us, loving our loved ones comes easily and naturally. We may have disagreements and misunderstandings, but we still love them. I remember when I first told my wife Tricia that I loved her. 

And when our children were born, we immediately loved them. There is something about a newborn baby that seems to bring an instant love for him. It is a blessing to have people in our lives to love and to love us back.

But what about those who do not love us? In fact, they cannot stand us, they are our enemies.

Jesus says, in Matthew 5:44(NKJV) “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Believe me, this is something that we cannot do on our own. The natural instinct is to get them back for the wrong they have done to us.

However, we are to leave room for the Lord to move.

Romans 12:19(NKJV) “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”

Even though it is very difficult to do, as believers, we are called to love our enemies.

The bible does say in Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV1984) “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

So is there anyone you would like to dump some hot coals on?

Maybe you should try to love him instead.

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