He lets you live.
How Christians post photos or texts like this:
“Just spending time with the Lord!”
“Worshipping God right now!”
“Doing a tumblr/facebook fast!”
“Reading the Bible!”
You get the idea. It absolutely does not bother me when someone personally tells me they did any of those things. It also doesn’t bother me if someone publicly shares an experience or something they learned concerning those things. What bothers me is how people try to turn this into glamour.
You spent time with God and wanted the whole world to know? What did you want us to do? Clap for you?
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. - Matthew 6:5-6
I know I’m sounding harsh, but it really does bother me.There is no reverence for worshipping, serving, or spending time with God. Next time, keep it between you and the Lord. Keep it behind closed doors. If you want to share something that you think will benefit others, that is totally okay and I will always encourage that. But don’t parade your God as if He is yours to show off. Humble yourself.
Jesus, be my treasure
To know you is to live
I’m dying trying everything there is
36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat. 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.
39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”
40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”
“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.
41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, cancelling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”
43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”
“That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.
47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”
— Mark Driscoll
We all have a monster deep down inside. The darker we become, the more that monster begins to come out. And then before we ever saw it coming, we are what we never wanted to be.
Give your life, love your wife like He loved the church
Without seeing how many hearts you can break first
— Paul Washer
Anonymous asked: Any tips on how to get through college/university without getting tempted to party? Its an area i’m terribly struggling with
I do have some tips for you! These apply to all areas of temptation, and you should be living by these principles every day for the rest of your life. You are obviously not at that point, and that’s why this is so hard for you. As human beings, we are so easily tempted and distracted, and so you, everyone else, and myself all need to keep persevering! Here we go:
- Pray, read your Bible, and fellowship with believers regularly.
You will stay focused on God and you will be able to fight temptation better because your spirit will have stronger conviction and resolve. Believers will keep you accountable.
- Be open about your sin to individuals that you know will want to help you. Whether it’s close friends or people you don’t really know (they have to be Christian), you must let them encourage, strengthen, and discipline you to do what is right.
“ Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” - Galatians 6:1-2
You need these people. It’s a lie from Satan to get you to believe that you can fix this on your own.
- More importantly than people, you need Jesus! Meditate on Scriptures and memorize them so that they will be constantly with you no matter what situation you are in. You need to pray all the time!
- Take the blame and responsibility for your sin. No one is making you sin. This is your entire fault. This is your choice. Good news and bad news:
”No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” - 1 Corinthians 10:13
Bad news: It’s all your fault and you chose to do it.
Good news: God always provides a way out and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear.
- Get rid of the bad influences of people in your life. Listen, my friend, you need to stop hanging out with the people who are asking you to party. Even if that means you will have no friends. What kind of an example are you setting for Christ? That matters more. Look:
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ “ – 1 Corinthians 15:33
Don’t be misled. You must cut them off. For their sake, yours, and for the sake of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
- Realize that your sin will only get worse from here.
“but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. - James 1:14-15
Solomon started out with one wife, and wrote the book of Song of Songs about her. It means the greatest of songs. But look what happened:
“9 The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command” – 1 kings 11:9-10
In the previous verses, it says that Solomon had 700 wives of many different pagan religions and 300 concubines (women who he just kept around to sleep with). He started out as a one woman man. God himself appeared to Solomon twice. Must God get angry with you, even though He is convicted you to repent and turn away from this sin once and for all? Be the man you are called to be. “Kill your sin before it kills you.” – John Piper
Here are some Scriptures I want you to memorize and read until your heart is fulfilled with them. Every day, you should meditate on these and all Scripture, and pray to God about your sin, and with others. Here are some Scripture verses that apply to you:
Romans 1:18-32 (God’s wrath against wickedness)
James 4:4-10 [Friendship with the world(as in sin) makes you an enemy of God]
Hebrews 12 (Persevering to holiness, refusing sin, and God’s discipline) Esp. verses 1-11, 14-17, and 25-28
1 Peter 2:13-25 (A call to holiness)
Matthew 5:13-16,29-30 (Jesus’ words on who you should be and what you should do to abstain from sin)
Mark 8:34-38 (Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him, if you don’t you will not make it.)
Luke 13:1-8, 22-30 (repent or perish, and the story of the narrow door)
If you are saved, then I trust the Holy Spirit will continue His work within you. God bless you my dear friend! Please take all of this to heart and realize the great love God has for you, and live a life worthy of your calling. Here are a couple of very short sermon jams to help sober you up; you don’t have to agree with everything they say, but take the message away from them:
Sin and The Devil Is Laughing At You by Billy Humphrey
Truth by Al Martin
Please don’t fall through the cracks. Realize your call to repentance through the guilt and conviction that is laid upon you, and turn from your sins and back to God. Let me know what you think about everything I’ve said, and please study and memorize those Scriptures.
And remember! The closer you are to Christ, the further you get from sin.
God bless and much love,
The Christian Gospel is that Jesus Christ, who is God, came to this world (John 3:16) that has been sinful since The Fall (Rom. 3:23) to show us that He is indeed God,and that He is perfect in all ways. He then He died on the cross (Phil. 2:6-9) to take the penalty of our sins (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus then resurrected from his death (1 Cor. 15:4) by the power of the Holy Spirit. In doing so, anyone who believes that the Lord Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected will have their sins eternally forgiven, because they accepted the pardon that was offered by God (John 3:16;18). By believing in Jesus, the Holy Spirit changes our hearts (2 Cor. 5:17), and we live a life in obedience to what Jesus commanded us to do (Mark 8:34). If we reject this Gospel, we will be held responsible for our sin (John 3:18), and be condemned to eternal punishment (2 Thess. 1:9). However, God is loving, and desires no one to perish, but everyone to repent (Rom. 5:8;1 Tim. 2:4).
I won’t conform to what I see in you
I won’t surrender what I am
Even if you were a part of me
I’ll never be that one again
— Jeremiah 23:29 (ESV)