Daily Archives: May 25, 2015
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New Life, New Tongue, New Thoughts | Luisa Penaherrera
S~ Do not let any part of your body become a tool for wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. Romans 6:13 (NLT)
O~ My tongue is a part of me, the me that has been given new life.
A~ I have been sharing with others my conversations with a person in my life. I feel manipulated in these conversations. But what I realize is that though I’ve talked about it with others and they see the manipulation as I do, I haven’t really gained wisdom in how to handle it. Instead I have not very nice thoughts and then feelings toward this person. I need to use my tongue for good.
P~ Dear Father, today I pray to you about this situation and ask you to please forgive me for sharing (again!) 😦 just for the sake of sharing. I also ask you to forgive me for my mean thoughts. Please give me wisdom and discernment in how to handle this situation for your glory. Thank you, your ways are so much more loving! I love you.
Does Having Salvation Give Us a Free Pass to Sin? | Joni Tyner
S~ Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Romans 6:15 (NLT)
O~ 1. God’s grace forgives sins. (Grace means we did nothing to earn forgiveness. God forgives us because that is who He is.)
2.Humans sin. All the time. Sin is both intentional and non-intentional. (Romans 3:10-12, 23)
3.True believers (Christ followers) can not lose their salvation by sinning, back sliding or messing up. (John 10:28-29)
4. God’s plan for every believer’s life is that they live a life of righteous living, not being a slave to sin. (Romans6:18)
A~ I have observed two opinions by people that relate to sin. I think both of these lifestyles keep people from living an abundant life. The first one is that some people seem to take God’s grace for granted. Perhaps they have been raised in church and have always felt loved and forgiven by God. They intentionally sin, or perhaps don’t try to avoid sin because they feel secure in their salvation. I believe these people are missing out on many blessings that come from striving to live an obedient life. God wants to richly bless us; this comes from abiding in Him. It comes from growing closer, becoming more Christ-like. We will never obtain perfection but we do NOT need to be a slave to sin. The Bible is very clear. God HATES sin. 1 Corinthians 3:12-14 teaches us that on Judgement Day God will determine whether or not a person has been faithful. Our good works will be rewarded. It talks about the “The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames”. (v. 15).
The second group of people continue to be in bondage to sin because of feeling worthless. Their past is full of big mistakes, sin, shame and regret. This group of believers miss out on many of God’s blessings because their sin overshadows their future, they fail to embrace the purpose God made uniquely for them. I am reminded of the question. Does your mess define you or refine you? Are you a stronger, more effective believer because of your circumstances? OR… do circumstances leave you beat up, discouraged and ineffective for the Kingdom?
P~ Lord, I don’t want to EVER take your grace for granted. I desire to be in close fellowship with You. Tonight I pray for those who are believe in Your resurrection but are still slaves to their sins. I pray the Holy Spirit empowers them to live a victorious life!! I also pray for those who live in shame, regret and fear. Pour joy and freedom into their hearts. I pray they may live an abundant life in You.
I’m a slave | Nikki Metzger
S~ Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can CHOOSE to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16 (NLT, emphasis mine)
O~ When I accepted Christ as my Savior – the indestructible chain to to sin/death was broken. Jesus freed me from the power of sin. But the pull of sin is still strong. I am no longer bound to it though.
In the Old Testament reading we see this struggle between God and Solomon, Solomon had a love of women (maybe love of sex). Solomon CHOSE lust over obeying God. The story breaks my heart every time I read it because I identify with Solomon. Solomon chose lust, I choose food.
A~ I feel like I have freedom in Christ in some areas of my life, and other areas I am a slave to sin. That confuses me in my heart! I’m supposed to be free because Jesus set me free, but I don’t feel free.
But this verse sheds some light. I become a slave to what I CHOOSE to obey. So honestly, I have been choosing to obey my sinful desires. My sin usually ends up looking like filling myself with food (and not healthy food choices).
And trust me here, stuffing my face with food does lead to death. I’ve gained weight…..obesity does kill eventually. I’ve had death in my self esteem. I’ve had death in my confidence. And I’m modeling some pretty horrible behaviors to my kids.
P~ God! Why do I chose sin over You? I am so sorry! Search my heart, change my heart. I want to make choices that lead to righteous living, please help! Thank You so much for Jesus’ grace and never giving up on me! I pray these things in His name!
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