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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Footprints In The Sand

God is really great, He never leaves us alone especially when we're in trouble.

Footprints in the sand is a beautiful poem put into song that will strengthen you whenever you are feeling lonely. Just listening to it reminds us of God's unfailing love and mercy toward us. Surely, GOD is with us at all times, especially when things go wrong in our lives.

This song/poem has been source of inspiration for many over the years as its encouraging words uplifts the spirit of those who listen to it.  
May you feel the presence of the Lord as you listen and meditate on how wonderful God as been to you. God bless!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Why Do People Live In Sin?

Why do people live in sin? To answer this question, let us first consider what the bible has to say about our condition before a Holy God. We were created as free moral agents. God could have made us as robots, but He didn’t. We have a choice in the matter, and sin is a direct result of Adam disobeying God's instruction (Gen. 2:16-17).

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Rom. 5:12). David acknowledged that he was born in sin and said, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psa. 51:5). "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).

There are several reasons why people sin. People sin because: 
  1. "There is no fear of God before their eyes" (Rom. 3:18). They have no respect for God, our Creator.  But the "whole duty of man" is to "fear God and keep His commandments" (Eccl. 12:13).  
  2. There is a lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). Before we can keep God’s commandments we must know what they are. We must study God’s word (Psa. 119:11). 
  3. We are deceived by sin. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).
  4. There is temporary pleasure in sin. Moses chose "rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (Heb. 11:25). But we are also tempted and enticed daily, eg. by commercials.   (Jam. 1:14-15).
  5. "The soul of the wicked desires evil" (Prov. 21:10). They "love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness" (Psa. 52:3).   
  6. They are deceived by false doctrine.  "If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let hem be accursed" (Gal. 1:9).
  7. They're influenced by people with whom they associate.  "Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good habits" (1 Cor. 15:33). We must carefully choose our friends. To protect ourselves from sin we must, "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thess. 5:22).
We also sin when we don’t do what we should do.  "Therefore, to him that knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (Jam. 4:17).  

If we continue willfully in our sin and don’t repent, we will die in our sins and be lost (John 8:24).  Let us not be deceived by sin, because the wages of sin is spiritual death in Hell forever (Rom. 6:23).

"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, men and brothers, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:37-39).

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

So you see, God loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him; "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23b). It's a FREE gift, receive it today.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Where Is The Change?

"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry" (2Tim. 4:1-5).

Wow, powerful! What's your opinion?

An Interview with a struggling christian: I asked Jesus to forgive my sins when I was about 4 or 5. I remember it well. After that, I did most of my growing up out in the world. I hung out with the wrong people and did as the world does including drugs, fornication, and listening to music that wouldn't be pleasing to God. Recently I've been in the Word more than ever and I've felt convicted about what I use to do and stopped doing them, but can I still be saved or am I doomed for what I've done?

No, you are not doomed. You are alive and able to repent and change your life. Jesus had mercy on you and kept you all these years. You could have died in your sins but you didn't. The word of God says that he draws nigh to those who are of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Continue to draw nigh unto God and he will draw nigh to you. I am grateful to hear that the Lord is pricking your heart. I must ask you, have you ever received the Holy Spirit? If so, I would encourage you to continue fighting the good fight of faith.

The world didn't like Christ and he said that they wouldn't like us. Hold on because our Lord is about to return. Let's just be ready and pray for those who seem to be rejecting Christ. If you have not totally surrendered to Christ as Savior; "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" (Rom. 6:1).

1John 1:9 (NIV) tell us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Also, Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) declared, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." God bless you.

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