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Fathers, Stop Wasting Time

Fathers, Stop Wasting Time

This picture gives me mixed emotions. It reminds me of the grace of God but also reminds me of all the precious time I wasted as a young father with my daughter. This picture was taken while on vacation. Though I don’t remember much about the vacation, I remember my wife was very angry at me for being high through most of it, and rightly so. Back then, I would have jokingly said, “I was wasted.” What was wasted was the precious, and valuable time, time I will never get back.

Though God has redeemed me, I would love to go back and redeem this time, but I can’t.  Back then, I thought I was living the life. Instead, I was living a lie; I was walking in death. I was allowing drugs and alcohol to rob precious time with my family. I allowed them to rob my joy and privilege of being a father. I allowed them to rob my daughter of a dad and rob my wife of a husband. I was there, but then again, I wasn’t.

I allowed it because I had a choice, and I chose drugs and alcohol over my family. Don’t believe the lie that you don’t have a choice. Trust me when I say that I know the power of addiction. I tried everything under the sun to set me free from my addictions, but my help didn’t come until I turned to Jesus, and He set me free. Yes, I know the power of addiction, but I also know the power of God, and He is all powerful. Yes, you have a choice, so, choose Jesus.

Stop allowing Satan to rob you. Stop him from robbing your family of a dad and a husband. Turn to Jesus before it’s too late. Raise your children to know and love Jesus. Raise them in the church rather than in the world before the world catches them in its trap as well. Stop wasting precious, valuable time that you can never redeem. Turn to Jesus and let Him redeem you. Jesus alone can set you free. And, whom the Son has set free, is free indeed. This Father’s day give your children the father they deserve by giving your life to Jesus and introduce them to our Father, who is in heaven through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2019 in Devotional

 

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We Know We Have Overcome Sin

We Know We Have Overcome Sin

 “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.” I John 5:18 NASB

Have you ever heard the expressions, nobody’s perfect, or we’re all just human, or everyone has skeletons in their closet? Many times I have heard these statements spoken by active church members as well as pastors. Unfortunately for them, there is major problem that stands in the way of these types of statements-the Word of God. Statements like these are excuses to stay in sin, while the very abundant and clear teachings of God’s word is to repent from sin-all sin. The attitude every Christian should have is Romans 6:11 that says, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Don’t listen to the lies and excuses.

Some will then argue that their sin is to powerful and they cannot turn away from it. My question to them is, “Will God require us to do something that He has not already provided the means and power to do?” Of course not. That would make Him an unjust God. If God asks us to do something He fully expects us to do it and has provided the means to do it. The problem with people who ask such a question is that they have more faith in the power of their sin than they do in God. I am not demeaning the power of sin by any means. Sin is very powerful. However, God is all powerful.

When one enters into fellowship with God that individual then belongs to God. They are not their own. This verse tells us, “We know that no one who is born of God sins.” How is it that no one born of God sins? Because, “He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil on does not touch him.” In other words, since we belong to God, Satan, the great tempter and destroyer, cannot touch us. Satan will have no influence on the life of the Christian what so ever. For, we are Gods.

When one is born of God he is set free from his sins. Romans 6:14 says, “For sin shall not be master over you,” and Romans 6:18 tells us that we have been set free from sin. What did Jesus die for? He died for sin. He did not die so we would stay in sin. He died to deliver us from our sin. The power of the cross sets us free from the power of sin. Colossians 1:13-14 tells us that God, “Rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” That is the power of the cross.

Now the real question is, “What is the difference between a non-Christian and a Christian?” A non-Christians is trapped in the bondage of sin. Apart from Jesus he cannot escape his sin. He may trade one sin for the other, but he remains trapped nonetheless. In fact, a non-Christian can and will live in their sins with little or no regard for sin. Simply put, they could care less about the sin in their lives. Unless those sins are causing personal problems they will have no desire to have them removed. When they do remove the sin from their life, they will immediately replace it with another. They are trapped and need Jesus to deliver them.

In great contrast, if the Christian were to sin he would immediately be convicted of his sin by the Holy Spirit and be absolutely miserable until he repents. Though a Christian may temporarily slip, or briefly lose focus, the biblical fact is, Christians will not live in sin. Allow me to remind you of I John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” Every reason for the Christian to sin has been removed. Sin no longer has control over the Christian, nor can the evil one touch him.

Some may say this teaching brings condemnation to those trapped in sin. I would call it conviction rather than condemnation. It is the devil who brings negativity to this truth. If all you ever hear out of a preachers mouth is joy and blessings and you never hear him preach on sin, don’t walk, run, for he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The only true way to have joy and blessings is to be delivered from sin. Then true joy will come. God didn’t give us this truth as a means of condemnation. Only those who refuse to repent will be condemned. God has given us this truth as a means of encouragement. It is greatly encouraging to know, through Jesus, we have overcome sin and there is no reason to allow sin to remain and destroy within our lives. Now we simply need to, by faith, walk in that deliverance.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Who’s In Control?

Who’s In Control?

“A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.” Psalm 29:23

Years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said, “God is my Copilot.” If God is your copilot you better switch positions in a hurry because you are about to crash. He is Lord. Since He is Lord He isn’t co to anything nor is He in need of a copilot. Imagine if you were a passenger in a plane and you found out that there was a master pilot onboard with a flawless record along with a flunky pilot who has already crashed and burned repeatedly. Now you’ve just learned that the flunky pilot is in control of the plane while the master pilot is just along for the ride. The next question will be, “Where is the nearest exit?” The fact is, we are the flunkies, and God is the master.

Pride is the sin that rises up in our life that leads us to assume the position of control. The bible repetitively warns us of the danger of pride. There is no doubt that pride is one of, if not the, most destructive force on this earth. The bible teaches that pride will bring us down but humility will lift us up. I Peter 5:6 says, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” Humility before God is total dependence and total obedience.

Think about this for a moment. What in life are you actually in control of? Your breath? Nope. I know plenty of people who would love to breathe. What you eat or drink? Nope. Millions of people would love something to eat or drink. You don’t even have control over your life or death. The truth is the only thing you have control over is your decisions, and, the only decisions you have control over are the ones you are making right now.

On the other hand, God is in complete control. He is in control of today and tomorrow. He knows the beginning and the end because He is the master of the beginning and the end as well as everything in the middle. With this knowledge, why would we, the flunkies, not want to submit full control to God, the master?

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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All That Wasted Time and Energy

“How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest” Your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:9-11

Since the past is the past and there is nothing we can do to go back and change it I usually don’t encourage people to look backwards. Rather, I try to encourage people to look forward. If we have confessed our sins of the past they are forgiven and blotted out. Now we can move forward. However, if you are still in your sin I would encourage you to look backwards. Look into your past and ask yourself, how much energy have you lost chasing after the lusts of your sinful lifestyle?” How much time have you lost, how much money have you lost, how many relationships have been destroyed, how many bridges have you burned, how much pain has it caused? Has it been worth it? Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” The thief is Satan. Unfortunately, we have opened the door with our choice of sin and invited him into our lives to steal and kill and destroy.

Again, the past is the past and there is nothing we can do about it. God can and will forgive us of the sins of the past but we can’t go back and change anything of the past. It’s done. However, we have a future. The question now is, “Are we going to continue to allow Satan to destroy us or are we going to allow God to bring healing and restoration?” Jesus finished John 10:10 by saying, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Which is the better choice?

Just as we have invited Satan into our lives to destroy us with our choice of sin we can invite Jesus into our lives by repenting of our sins, asking Him to forgive us of our sins, and making Him the Lord of our lives. Now, all of the time and energy we wasted on serving Satan we should spend serving God. Satan cursed you yet God will bless you. Therefore, we should give even more time and energy to God. Moreover, I can promise you, there is not a second we will spend serving God that will be a waste.

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Posted by on June 12, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Letting Go of the Sin Releases the Healing

Letting Go of the Sin Releases the Healing

“For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17

The fact is God’s heart is to bring healing into our lives, yet, when we hold onto our sins we don’t allow Him to heal us. When we are stuck in our state of denial and refuse to confess the sins in our lives we can’t be healed, we can’t grow, nor can we move forward. We are stuck. We simply lengthen the pain within our lives. How foolish is that, especially when God’s heart is to heal us?

Often times admitting our shortcomings is embarrassing and painful. However, if we refuse to face the initial pain and discomfort of coming out in the open with our sins and shortcomings we are choosing to live in the pain rather than be healed of it. A few years ago my daughter severally broke her ankle. In order for her ankle to properly heal she had to allow the doctor to reset it. She was pregnant at the time so she couldn’t take any pain medication. She was in great fear and dread over allowing the doctor to reset her ankle but allowed him to know that it was the only way her ankle would properly heal. It was extraordinarily painful for her at the time, but today she can walk, skip, run, and jump.

When we choose to sweep our sins under the rug we’re not hiding them. We are holding on to them. We have placed them into storage allowing the pain to remain. We will live in fear wondering if someone will one day lift up the edge of the rug and look underneath, and, we will continue to live in bondage to the sin allowing it to keep a hold and influence over our lives. Yet, when we confess our sins God removes them as far as the east is from the west; they are gone. Healing can now take place. James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.”

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Step Out Of Your Fantasy Into Reality

“You have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out.” Number 32:23

Children live in a world of fantasy and make-believe. Therefore, a child is easily persuaded that the word of make-believe is reality. Adults should know the difference. Unfortunately, too many adults remain childish with their lack of a perception of reality. They will make statements of fantasy like; “Just because she died of an overdose doesn’t mean I will,” or, “just because he was caught doesn’t mean I will be,” or “just because everything blew up in his face doesn’t mean it will in mine.” They think they are above and beyond everyone else who was caught in the snare. This is a childish state of mind. They need to repent of this and put on their big boy and big girl pants and step into reality. In other words, they need to grow up and become mature men and women.

We are childish when we try to pretend that the elephant in the room isn’t there. When I was a child my dad had a 57 Chevrolet pickup. I loved that truck. One day he left my sister and I in the truck while he went into a store. We started wrestling around in the seat, I probably started it, and then one of our feet accidentally kicked the back window shattering it into thousands of little pieces. With our childlike minds we simply sat straight up in the seat and pretended like nothing happened. Surly, no one would notice, right? Unfortunately, for us, our dad noticed immediately.

That is the same mindset we have when we think no one knows of the destructive sins we are harboring and holding onto. We think we are crafty and sneaky. We think we have cleverly hidden our sin from the rest of the world. In reality, the only one who believes that lie is the one who is telling it. This individual is in denial, living in a fantasyland of lies.

Ephesians 4:22 says, “In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit.” Satan operates in the realm of deceit. If we are going to be set free we must step out of our fantasy and into reality. We must be honest. We must be honest with God first and confession of our sins to Him. After all, He does already know everything. I John 1:9 says,  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Secondly, we need to be honest with the rest of the world, especially our loved ones. When we live in the fantasyland our lies alienate us from the world, especially our loved ones. Remember, they already know. The only one you are lying to is yourself. However, when we are honest, even if we are a total mess, people are much more likely to walk with us and help us. Deliverance starts with honesty.

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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You’re Not God

You’re Not God

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

It is not my intention to share with you a mutli-step plan to deliverance. However the first step to deliverance is obviously coming to the realization that you have a problem. It is stepping out of denial and into reality. Whether your issue is anger, lust, bitterness, addiction, or anything else, you first need to admit that you have a problem.

That being said, you can be fully sincere in your admittance that you have a problem and still be in denial. You are in denial when you think that you are in control. Know this, you are not God. Now, I know no rational thinking person ever truly thinks that he is God. However, when you believe the lie that you are in control of your life you are assuming the position of God; and you my friend are not God. If you think you have everything completely under control you are in denial. Your pride has consumed you and will eventually destroy you. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.”

Haven’t you already made a big enough mess out of your life? Been there, done that, and have the scars to prove it. Why then do you not turn your life over to the Lord and allow Him to transform your mess into a masterpiece. There is no doubt in my mind hand I not surrendered my life to the Lord when I did I would be either dead or in jail today. Only a master can make a masterpiece. And, we are not masters-but God is.

This scripture tells us not to lean on our own understanding. Remember, it was your own understanding that spun your life out of control in the first place. It then tells us to trust the Lord with all your heart and in all of your ways acknowledge Him. Simply stated, that means we surrender full control over to God. When we do, He has promised to straighten out our mess and make our paths straight.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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