James 4:7 – Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Sin. Our earthly nature. We read the items on the list (sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed – among others) and are outwardly repulsed by them. Yet, because we still have a sin nature (our old self) we Continue reading “Holds Out Against Sin”
Micah 6:11 – “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Scales and weights. They imply accuracy and precision. Just because they allow us to cheat and get away with it, does not make it right. Not getting caught is not the same as being right.
My Advice – Make sure you are honest, not only in your personal life, but also in your professional life. Your job will require persuasion, make sure you do it honestly and not deceptively.
Ezekiel 11:11, 12 – “I will execute judgment on you … and you will know that I am the Lord, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are constantly subjected to worldly standards that are contrary to God’s moral laws. We must be careful that our Godly standards are not worn down and eroded by the world’s standards.
My Advice – Do not conform to the standards of this world. You have been called to a higher standard. Bear the standard of God with pride. Conform your life to the image of His Son.
Nagging & Prodding
Judges 16:16, 17 – With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death. So he told her everything. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The devil is persistent, so we need to be on guard. He’ll keep at us trying to wear us down. We need to continue to resist him so he will flee from us.
My Advice – Do not give in to persistent temptation. Each time you resist makes the next time easier. Each time you resist you are that much closer to gaining the complete victory over whatever you are being tempted with. Eventually, the devil will give up (on that one). But every time you give in you go back to square one.
Step 10: Hold Out Against Sin
Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
A: Discovering the Truth
B. Exploring the Truth
Of course we have all heard the old saying that “it is easier said than done,” which seems to be the case when trying to put down our sin nature. We seem to be powerless to resist. But this is lie from the father of lies (“you will not die”). The truth is, the only power temptation has over us is the power we give to it. Continue reading “Hold Out Against Sin”
You Can Drive Them Out
Joshua 18:18 – “Though the Canaanites have iron chariots and though they are strong, you can drive them out.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – For most of us, the “Canaanites” that we face are those sins and habits that we want to hold onto, but deep down in our hearts we know that we should not hold onto. The desire to hold on (our sin nature) can be very strong, but not so strong that with the help of the Holy Spirit we cannot drive them out.
My Advice – Never let yourself become convinced that you cannot overcome a sinful habit or sinful nature. While it may seem like you will be going up against an “iron chariot” on foot, He who is in you is greater than any old iron chariot.
Until You Remove It
Joshua 7:11, 13b – “Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things. O Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – As Christians, we are God’s chosen. But just like Israel, who was also God’s chosen; we cannot expect Him to bless us, prosper us or rescue us from difficulties as long as we have unrepented sin in our lives.
My Advice – Do not expect God’s full blessings during periods that you are have unconfessed sins in your life. We may be under grace and the freedom that accompanies it, but we still have a responsibility to obey His moral law. It is unrealistic for us to expect His full blessing when we do not give Him full obedience.