Friday, September 17, 2021

You Can’t Hide Sin From God

We have a tendency to want others to perceive us in a certain way.  For example we often don’t want others to know the struggles we have in our lives with sin. We do our best to cover up these things. As far as other people are concerned we try to “pull the wool over their eyes”, as the old expression goes. 

While we may be able to hide sin from others and live each day as if all is well with us spiritually, the truth is we know better than that. More importantly, God knows better than that. 



There are times we may even try to convince ourselves that everything is fine with us. Sometimes we even try to justify the sin in our lives. The fact is, deep down in our heart we know better. As the above picture shows, it is ridiculous to even think we can hide sin from God. 

There are many Scriptures that deal with sin. One that comes to mind really encapsulates the thoughts in this blog post.

Numbers 32:23 CSB

But if you don't do this, you will certainly sin against the LORD; be sure your sin will catch up with you.

Whether or not others discover your sin, your sin will catch up with you. Don’t even consider the possibility of dabbling in sin. Sin cannot be tamed, outrun or shaken off. No matter how well you think you are hiding sin in your life your sin will catch up with you.

If you have sin in your life there is forgiveness. Isn’t that great to know? Let me share a couple of Scriptures about that.

1 John 1:9 CSB

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


1 John 2:1-2 CSB

[1] My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ the righteous one. [2] He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.

The only one who wins when we attempt to hide sin is the one who tempts us to sin - old smutty-face himself - the devil. 

We should not give the devil a foothold in our lives in any way, shape or form. Give him an inch and he will take a mile. Paul, the apostle, when writing to the church at Ephesus instructed them not to give the devil an opportunity (Ephesians 4:27). Don’t even give him a chance  

If you are a Christian you are on the winning side! God has provided for us everything we need to walk in victory and live a victorious Christian life. Let’s do it.

Until next time...enjoy the journey,


Ray

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Friday, September 10, 2021

It’s All About What You Are Made Of

Have you ever asked someone how they are doing and they respond, “I’m doing okay under the circumstances”. “Circumstances is defined as “facts or conditions connected with or relevant to an event or action”.

I believe character and integrity is extremely important. I also believe our faith and trust in God is vital to the believer. 

Let’s face it, we all face challenges on our journey through life. How we respond to these challenges - whether they be trials, valleys, heartaches, tempatations or whatever else it may be - will be determined by our character and integrity. The means we use in responding to these things is our faith and trust in God.  



You may very well encounter some things on your journey that will soften your heart to a particular situation or person. On the other hand you may encounter some things that harden you or toughen you up. It’s ironic, as the above saying tells us, the same things that soften us can also toughen us. Both are needful in the life of every believer. 

I encourage you to look for the lessons God has for you when you are facing things you’d rather not face in your life. Don’t throw yourself a pity party and become so eager to get out of the tough times that you overlook and miss the lesson.

Keep your chin up and your focus on Jesus.

Until next time...enjoy the journey,


Ray

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Rock Bottom

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you feel you have hit “rock bottom”? It seems everything you set your hand to do falls apart? Your life is a mess. Maybe you have even asked yourself, “What else could go wrong?”  



I do believe there is often a purpose for these times. None of us likes going through these severe times. I know I have been at this point in my own life in the past. Not a fun time.

Maybe you find yourself at rock bottom now. You feel like you are at the end of your rope. You might be facing serious trials or heartache. You may feel no one understands what you are going through. Perhaps you feel unloved. Maybe you feel you don’t deserve to be loved by anybody - even by God. 

I once heard someone say, “When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot in it hold on tight and swing.” You see, God does love you. You have worth. There is a way out. 

Remember, sometimes God let’s you hit rock bottom so that you realize that He is the Rock at the bottom. Stand on Jesus, the Solid Rock! Build your faith on Him. It’s about a solid relationship with Jesus firsthand foremost. Everything else is secondary. 

Until next time...enjoy the journey,


Ray

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