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.
Deuteronomy 4:2 – “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It sometimes seems that God’s commands would be so much better if we cut a little here or added a little there. God’s laws are there for a reason. Our changing them (or reinterpreting them) may suit our fancy but they will not change the truth.
My Advice – When you find yourself wanting to add to, subtract from or otherwise tinker with God’s clear directives, always ask yourself why? The answer is not because God’s laws are wrong or outdated. Usually it is because we want to justify ourselves. It seems to us that it is easier to modify the standard than it is to modify our behavior.
If They Knew
Numbers 32:23 – “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.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – If we knew we would get caught, we likely not take the risk. Yet with sin we do it all the time. We can never get away with it.
My Advice – As you make decisions in life, big or small, think of the people who are most important to you and ask yourself this question: “would it make a difference if they knew?” Assume that they will and use that as a guide in making the decision.
Count The Cost
Numbers 22:18 – But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – No gain can compensate us for going against God’s will. That price is too high.
My Advice – There will be times that you will be tempted to do things that you know are not right, whether in your career or your personal life. The pay-offs may seem spectacular (possessions, power, position, prestige) and well worth the risk. They are not. Obedience, morality and staying true to your character, a child of God, is much more valuable.