Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Godly view of sin

Ezra spoke: 

And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. -Ezra 9:6

The Psalmist said: 

Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. -Psalms 119:136

Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law. -Psalms 119:53

Daniel, a man "greatly beloved" of God said this: 

O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. -Daniel 9:8

And Job, whom the Lord tells us walked perfect and upright before Him, when he saw the glory of God he said this of himself:

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. -Job 40:4

The publican felt this way of himself, and said these words: 

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. -Luke 18:13


Have you personally seen yourself this way? It's not something optional for just the most spiritual saints of God. Sorrow for sin is a very mark and proof of those who are truly convicted of their sins by the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ said: 

 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
-Matthew 5:3

"Until one sees his own poverty, he cannot see God's riches. It is only God who can make us recognize our poverty that He might make us rich. It is only God who can make us lowly in heart that He might lift us up." -Selected

  When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 
-Mark 2:17


Praise the Lord, there is full forgiveness to be found through Jesus Christ! 

If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, 
who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, 
that thou mayest be feared. 
-Psalm 130:3-4

Much more then, being now justified by His blood, 
we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 
-Romans 5:9

Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, -1 Peter 2:7

Something to think about: Is the Lord Jesus Christ precious to you

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The consequences of sin

Sin has consequences. 

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 
Galatians 6:7-8


Sin is destructive

 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. -Proverbs 29:1


Sin hinders our prayers

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: 

-Psalms 66:18


Sin defiles

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. -James 3:6


Sin enslaves in bondage. 

 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? -Romans 6:16

Sin separates. It separates the child of God from fellowship with Him. It will separate the lost from Him eternally in Hell. 

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear

-Isaiah 59:2

 But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. -Luke 13:27-28


Sin can have eternal consequences even to those who are saved. A consequence of loss. 

 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. -1 Corinthians 3:15


Sin is deadly.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
-James 1:15

 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. -Revelation 21:8


All sin is serious. All sin is terrible. All sin is destructive. All sin is deadlyOh may we pray for eyes to see how awful, how terrible all sin is, and to be enabled to 
turn from it by God's grace! And more than that, may we pray for Him to shew us what is sin in His eyes. For "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts." -Proverbs 21:2

Quicken Thou our hearts, O God, 

In earnestness I plead!
Let sin and all it's "pleasures"
Become our greatest grief.  

Who can understand his errors? cleanse Thou me 
from secret faults
-Psalms 19:12

Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because 
they keep not Thy law. 
-Psalms 119:136


But there is sweet consolation for all those who are burdened with and hate sin....the precious blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse and make you whole.

The Lord Jesus said:  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28

 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? -Hebrews 9:14

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

-Romans 6:23

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The terribleness of sin

"Where there is no repentance, rest assured there is no faith in Christ; but where there is true repentance--that godly sorrow for sin that needeth not to be repented of--rest assured there you will find faith to trust Christ for full and free forgiveness of all your sins." -L. Justice

 "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." -2 Corinthians 7:10

No sin against God can be little, because it's against the 
great God of Heaven and earth.- John Bunyan 

He that has slight thoughts about sin, 
never had any great thoughts about God. - John Owen

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward Godand faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 
-Acts 20:21

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. -John 1:29 So very thankful for the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ cleansing me from my many, many sins. Has He cleansed your sins? 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

All we like sheep have gone astray...

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    God's people are compared to sheep quite often in the Scriptures. 

    Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. -Psalms 100:3

    I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. -Psalms 119:176

    Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. -Matthew 10:16

    All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. -Isaiah 53:6

    The Lord Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."  - John 10:11

      Follow the leader

      Sheep have a strong instinct to follow the sheep in front of them. When one sheep decides to go somewhere, the rest of the flock usually follows, even if it is not a good "decision." For example, sheep will follow each other to slaughter. If one sheep jumps over a cliff, the others are likely to follow. Even from birth, lambs are conditioned to follow the older members of the flock. This instinct is "hard-wired" into sheep. It's not something they "think" about. 

      We rather have that tendency to follow others too, don't we? God warns us about it. 

      Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: - Exodus 23:2

      Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. -3 John 1:11

    Sheep are lowly creatures. Yet think of how our Almighty Lord has humbled Himself in being called the "Lamb of God". We are to be like our Lord in all lowliness and meekness. "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." -Matthew 11:29

    He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. -Isaiah 53:7

    But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; - Philippians 2:7-10

    The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, 
    and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh 
    away the sin of the world. -John 1:29

    Monday, January 28, 2019

    I shall not want

    A friend of mine shared a sermon recording from her pastor with me recently, that spoke on this chapter. It dwelt on what a wonderful thought it is, that those who are the Lord's children have HIM as their Shepherd through this life. If He is truly our Shepherd, we shall not want (i.e., lack). "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing." -Psalms 34:10  "For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." -Psalm 84:11 

    Are we truly seeking the LORD, and walking uprightly? "Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD." -Lam. 3:40  "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." -Psalm 139:23

    ~Psalm 23~

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want

    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 

    He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 

     Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. 

      The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; 
    therefore will I hope in Him.
     -Lamentations 3:24

    If the LORD Himself is truly your portion, what more can you need?

    Saturday, June 23, 2018

    Deeper than the stain has gone

    (Sing to tune of Life is Like a Mountain Railway)

    1. Dark the stain that soiled man's nature,
    Long the distance that he fell.
    Far re-moved from hope and heav-en,
    Into deep despair and hell.
    But there was a fountain opened,
    And the blood of God's own Son,
    Purifies the soul and reaches
    Deeper than the stain has gone!


    Praise the Lord for full salvation,
    God still reigns upon His throne.
    And I know the blood still reaches
    Deep-er than the stain has gone.

    2. Conscious of the deep pollution,
    Sinners wander in the night,
    Tho' they hear the Shepherd calling,
    They still fear to face the light.
    This the blessed consolation,
    That can melt the heart of stone,
    That sweet Balm of Gilead reaches
    Deep-er than the stain has gone!


    3. All unworthy we who've wandered,
    And our eyes are wet with tears;
    As we think of love that sought us
    Through the weary wasted years.
    Yet we walk the holy highway,
    Walking by God's grace alone
    Knowing Calv'ry's fountain reaches
    Deeper than the stain has gone!


    4. When with holy throngs we're standing
    In the presence of the King,
    And our souls are lost in wonder,
    While the white robed choirs sing;
    Then we'll praise the name of Jesus,
    With the millions round the throne;
    Praise Him for the pow'r that reaches,
    Deeper than the stain has gone!

    Praise the Lord for full salvation,
    God still reigns upon His throne.
    And I know the blood still reaches
    Deep-er than the stain has gone.

    Author: Adger McDavid Pace 1882-1959

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Some verses to ponder - Eternal LIFE

    And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
    -1 John 5:11

     For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. -Romans 8:6
    And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is
    life because of righteousness.
    Romans 8:10

    And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
    -Ephesians 2:1

    And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
    -Revelation 22:17

    Something to think about: have you been given life

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    Our thoughts

    Outward life is the result of our inward thinking.
    Take care of the inward, and the outward will take care of itself. 

    "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:..." Proverbs 23:7

    But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Matthew 15:18-20

     And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. -Genesis 6:5

    The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. -Psalm 94:11

     I hate vain thoughts: but Thy law do I love. -Psalm 119:113

     Create in me a clean heart, O God;
    and renew a right spirit within me.
    -Psalm 51:10

    Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my
    heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength,
    and my Redeemer.
    -Psalm 19:14

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018

    His Righteousness

    Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, 
    Who has done great things: O God, who is like unto Thee! 
    -Psalms 71:19
     The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
    -Proverbs 15:9
     If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
    -1 John 2:29

     Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
    1- John 3:7

      Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
    -Romans 6:16

    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
    -1 John 1:7

    I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of Thy righteousness, even of Thine only.
    -Psalms 71:16