Archive for September, 2011

When Your Donkey Won’t Ride

September 29, 2011

As a little boy, I had a dog, who for a time, was my best friend. She was always happy to see me when I arrived home from school. She willingly walked with me to the “candy lady”. Seemingly, she listened intently to my deepest thoughts and hurts never betraying my trust. We talked a lot, but if she had ever opened her mouth and intelligible words came out, I would have probably fainted after imagining I was dreaming. In our quest to examine various texts that evidence the omnipotence of God, we find ourselves at an interesting text today. Numbers 22 contains the story of Balak and Balaam. There are a great number of dynamics going on in this story; however, the main character is God as he demonstrates His almighty power by giving Balaam, a defunct prophet, an incredible experience. God, who has no limit to His power, opened the mouth of a donkey allowing her to utter words in a conversation with Balaam her master.

As Balaam was riding, the donkey refused to go any further on three separate instances. Balaam beat her each time in efforts to get her to move forward. Hear the discourse between Balaam and his donkey below:

28 Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”
29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”
30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”   “No,” he said.
31 Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

By refusing to move forward, the donkey had actually saved Balaam’s life as the angel of the LORD, pre-incarnate Christ, was there with a sword ready to take Balaam’s life. Why? Because Balaam had yet again not fully obeyed God as a prophet. When Balak asked him to come and curse the Israelites, Balaam only told him a part of what God told him. He told Balak “for the LORD has refused to let me go with you.” In actuality, this is what God said, “Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed.” Had Balaam said everything God told him, Balak would not have come to him again nor would Balaam been tempted with disobedience because of greed and other impure desires. True prophets proclaimed fully what God said. Hear what Peter says about the matter in 2 Peter 2:15-1615 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—a beast without speech—who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.”

When your donkey refuses to ride, ask yourself what is God sparing me from. How is God offering me grace? Your donkey is any avenue you are pursuing to go after things that you know in your heart is wrong; that you know from the Word of God is wrong. We should not even have these thoughts and actions, but we pursue things with wrong motives all the time. God demonstrated His commitment to man as well as His omnipotence by allowing the donkey to speak.  Look for the out of the ordinary things in your life to see what God may be saying to you. Remember, God may just be sparing you When Your Donkey Won’t Ride.

Power over the Wind and Waves

September 28, 2011

In the post God’s Omnipotence in Plagues, we saw that God pronounced that the livestock of the Egyptians would die in a plague while the livestock of the Israelites would remain alive. God showed His Mighty Power in preserving that which belonged to Israel while requiring that of the Egyptians. We saw that He did this so that the Egyptians would know that He is the LORD and that the Israelites would worship Him. In our text today, Psalm 107:23-32, it is one of several scenarios where God states that He demonstrates His omnipotence as He responds to the cries of mankind when in need of help. Those specific verses speak of God responding to man when he experienced danger and distress at sea. Let’s see the Almighty Power of God.

Psalm 107:23-32

23 Others went out on the sea in ships;
they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the LORD,
his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest 
that lifted high the waves. 
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunken men;
they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; 
the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people
and praise him in the council of the elders.

The text tells us that God spoke causing the storm to arise. After that, the pride of man dissipated as their courage melted away. The storm had its way with man displaying its power over man. As man realized that he had not control over the storm, they “cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress.”  How did God do that? The Word says that “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” The men were glad to be out of that trouble for which they had no answer. Then God took them to where they wanted to go recuperate. God repeated this same scene when Jesus Calms the Storm. God tells us how He expects those whom He helps to respond. First, man is to give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love. Then, man should go to church and praise God before the whole body. After that, he should praise God in the presence of the elders of the church. God is telling us that when He blesses us/responds to us in our distress that we should let people know what He did.

God will continue to display His omnipotence, the ability to do whatever His will dictates. As He does, He expects us to worship Him through thanksgiving, praise before the body and elders and ultimately by following Him like He had demanded of the disciples. What are the tempests of your life? Where is the storm raging in your life? Where are the wind and waves crashing against you causing you to think you are doomed? Wherever they are, cry out to the Lord in that trouble and watch Him save you from your distress.

God’s Omnipotence in Plagues

September 27, 2011

Most everyone has heard of the account of God bringing the Israelites out of Egypt to worship Him. I am not sure if we have carefully considered how God demonstrated His omnipotence over man, creatures and nature in the various plagues. Today’s view is not the first plague, but all of them occurred for the purpose God told Moses. In Exodus 7:5 God told Moses, “5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.” God’s expectation was that the Egyptians would know that He is the LORD and that the Israelites would worship God for being the chosen of the LORD. If you call Christ Lord, God has the same expectation for us. He wants to work in our lives to show the world that He is the LORD and for you to worship Him.

Exodus 9

The Plague on Livestock

 “1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” 2 If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, 3 the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses and donkeys and camels and on your cattle and sheep and goats. 4 But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’”

 5 The LORD set a time and said, “Tomorrow the LORD will do this in the land.” 6 And the next day the LORD did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. 7Pharaoh sent men to investigate and found that not even one of the animals of the Israelites had died. Yet his heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go.

You see, God did what He said He would do. God is faithful. God is faithful to do what He says because He is omnipotent.  God has the power to do what He said he would do to bring glory to Himself and for you to worship Him. What are you embroiled in that God’s promises are applicable? If it is something you created out of disobedience, God promises you forgiveness and peace with Him and peace within. 1 John 1:9 tells us to confess it and God will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If you have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials, these have come so that your faith may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:3-9). Again, God demonstrates His omnipotence to bring glory to Himself and for the believer to worship Him.

What plagues you? Give it to God, so He can see you through, and you can worship Him.

Repost: God’s Omnipotence in my Unworthiness

September 25, 2011

We all suffer from thoughts that assault our sense of worth. The world tells us that we are worth much if we have a lot of money, drive a nice car, live in a pretty and big house, wear fancy clothes, display power and have the praise of people. I say that is all rubbish. In our heart of hearts, we know that we are inept despite our musing on the contrary. As I thought about the Omnipotence of God, the post today sprang out of a song from which I was worshiping the Lord over this morning. Again, it was Fred Hammond’s song Please Don’t Pass Me By. It is taken from straight from the Word when this blind man, an unworthy character, saw hope in Jesus and began crying out to Him. This blind man reminds me of me. I have challenges that keep me from experiencing all that God has for me. When I am broken like that, I like to just call out to the Lord. Mr. Hammond’s song reminds me to call out just like that blind man. Similarly, I have called out to Jesus so many times, and in each instance, Jesus has demonstrated his omnipotence. His power has been displayed over and over in my life – in my character and in my circumstances. This is God’s Omnipotence in my Unworthiness. Be blessed. I have included the words of the song below as well as the video, but they are only a shadow of God’s Word: Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, and Luke 18:35-43

 

There was a blind man on the road side, and he heard a commotion yeah
It was Jesus passing by with a crowd and it stirred his emotions
He’d been displaced his whole life, should he even try
Ohhhhh

Don’t bother Jesus (they say you have nothing)
You have nothing to offer (stay in your place)
Right then he knew(he had to choose)
He had nothing to lose

So he cried Jesus(Jesus), I need you, (yeah ah) please don’t pass me by
He cried out Jesus, I’m not ashamed(to tell you) I need you in my life
(I need you in my life yeah)

Verse 2

I’m not much different from that man, and this is the honest truth
Could this sinful one, with this messed up life, could I ever serve you
(Oh oh oh oh)people and things clutter my mind, should I even try
Ohhhhhh

Don’t bother Jesus (they say you have nothing)
You have nothing to offer (stay in your place)
I must admit (when I think about it all)
I need you in my life

So I cry Jesus(Jesus), I need you
Please don’t pass me by
I’m crying out Jesus, I’m not ashamed to tell you I need you in my life

Bridge

As the deer (as the deer panted)
Thirsty for the water yeah(thirsty for the water)
My soul desires and longs to be(to be with you)

Jesus, I need you, please don’t pass me by
I don’t mean to waste your time but I can’t listen to the crowd,
situations in my life telling me to keep it down
but I need you

I know I’m broken, but you can heal me, Jesus, Jesus I’m calling you
(I might not be worth much)might not be worth much, but I’m still willing
Jesus, Jesus, I’m calling you

Do you know how to cross over from death to life?

September 24, 2011

I am sure the question is intriguing to us all. Moreover, I am sure that some of us wish we had that power to preserve life or bring back life. There have been many people who have died that I wished could live. Several years ago, I sat in the hospital room with my aunt. I had been praying for her. When I got to the room, I was so convinced the God would spare her life. I prayed like I had never had with her. When I left, I was confident that God would raise her up.  In less than a week, she died. I couldn’t imagine how her husband and kids felt, but I know that I was despondent. I was shocked because I truly believed that God would raise her up.

I share this story because it illustrates my powerlessness to cross someone over from death to life. As I reflect on the frailty of life, I think about my parents, siblings, children, friends and people in general. There will come a time when someone will wish he/she could bring us back to life. It will all be to no avail just as I discovered with my aunt. I desperately wanted life for her and her family, but no matter how much I wanted it, I did not have the power or authority to grant it or produce it.

There is only one who can – God Almighty. Omnipotence means God is all-powerful and thus has unlimited authority and influence. He has the ability to do whatever His will dictates. We serve a triune God. The Father has given The Son the authority and power to raise the dead to life. This is not only applicable after physical death, but it also applies to the spiritual death we are all born into as children of sinners. Romans 6:23 testifies to that truth. It says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What did Jesus say about that matter? For that, we will look at John 5 where Jesus uses His healing of an invalid as a transition to address crossing over from death to life.

21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it…  24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25 I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live…28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

In verse 21, we see that Jesus has the power or omnipotence to give life to whom He pleases. In verse 24, we see the spiritual of crossing over from death to life while in verses 28-29 the physical crossing over from death to life is discussed. Jesus is the key for both crossings. Do you know how to cross over from death to life? If you didn’t know before now, you know now. Should you not hear the voice of the Lord, you will not cross over from death to life whether here or in the after-life. Jesus is omnipotent. He is God Almighty. Choose Him and choose life.

God reaffirms His Omnipotence

September 23, 2011

To remind you, omnipotence means God is all-powerful and thus has unlimited authority and influence. He has the ability to do whatever His will dictates. Here again is God’s first declaration to Abram. ““I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing… and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” In waiting many years, we saw Abram attempt to provide the promise through Ishmael, but God say that is not the son of promise.  Genesis 17:1 1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. 2I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”We see in Genesis 18:14 God proclaim to Abram 14 ”Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

Isaac was born according to the promise God gave. In Genesis 35, Isaac has had a son and God is conferring to him what He promised to his grandfather Abraham. Hear the Word of the Lord. 11 “And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” How did God identify Himself? “I am God Almighty.” The Hebrew word for Almighty here is Shadday (shad·dah’·ē) which means 1) almighty, most powerful a) Shaddai, the Almighty (of God)

In declaring the who He was to Jacob, Isaac’s son, God reaffirms His omnipotence. He tells Jacob I am the Almighty God. There is nothing too difficult for Me. In the post Who Reigns, God conveys the same thing in Revelation 19:6. God is saying to us I am God Almighty, go in my promise, purpose, power and presence and fulfill your calling. Praise and lift Him high. He will do a great work in us and through us if we let Him. God has reaffirmed His omnipotence to us. Let Him have his way to show that He is the Almighty God in our lives.

El Shaddai (Live) – Amy Grant



God’s Almighty Power in Creation

September 22, 2011

Paleontology, Panspermia, Out of Africa are many creation theories. Science also purports that the big bang and evolution were the hands that made us. Others simply state that we just came into being from smaller particles or “seeds” that came together under the right conditions. I choose to believe what God says in His holy Word.

“David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.” (1 Chronicles 29:10-12)

Luke reported “24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them.” (Acts 4:24)

Paul stated “20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

We can reflect, consider and debate who creation came into being, but for the one who trusts in Jehovah, we have only the foundation that God is Creator. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, NIV)

Think about all of the intricacies of the human body alone. Kidneys that filter our blood to keep us healthy. The brain which is the center of it all; yet is dependent, in some respects, on the nervous system. All kind of connections and parallels can be made by examining functions of the human body. With my primitive knowledge of biology, I am amazed at how the body functions. Look at how natural resources are placed to meet our needs.  Isn’t it funny that of all of the known planets or celestial bodies that Earth is the only one known to sustain life. It is just far enough away from the sun for us not to burn up nor for us to freeze.  It is the omnipotence of God that made those conditions just right not a big bang, evolution or some other theory. Cut open an apple and see the life that God put inside.  The seeds contain the exact genetic make up to replicate itself, but it is dependent on perfect germination conditions.

God is awesome. We see part of that in creation. Psalm 119:91 says “They (God’s Word) stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants.” See God in Creation.

Omnipotence

September 21, 2011

Omnipotence means God is all-powerful and thus has unlimited authority and influence. He has the ability to do whatever His will dictates. Man may have the authority but not the ability to carry through. “His Omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to him, but not nonsense. This is no limit to his power. If you choose to say ‘God can give a creature free will and at the same time withhold free will from it,’ you have not succeeded in saying anything about God: meaningless combinations of words do not suddenly acquire meaning simply because we prefix to them the two other words ‘God can.’… It is no more possible for God than for the weakest of his creatures to carry out both of two mutually exclusive alternatives; not because his power meets an obstacle, but because nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God.” (The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis)

The term omnipotence is not found in Scripture but clearly is declared in Scripture. We will spend a few days looking at God’s omnipotence in scripture. Today, our first verse is Genesis 18:14.

14 “Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

God, who is faithful, had promised in Genesis 12, 15, 17, and 18 Abram that he would be the father of many nations, but in 24 years, Abraham had not had the son of promise. Abraham, in his own power or might, had attempted to have the son of promise with is wife’s maidservant Hagar. God was specific in that the son of promise would come from Abraham’s wife.  1 “Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised. 2 So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.” (Genesis 21:1-3). When Abram reflected over what God promised, he asked if God could give a 100 year old man and a 90 year old woman a child. What Abraham had failed to do and what he could not do, God did in His own time in His own way in His own might. God is Almighty. He is omnipotent.

Moreover, in Luke 1 when God was speaking to Mary, the mother of Jesus, she had a similar question when God told her she would have a child. She said “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” Hear O ears what God said to her  37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Genesis 18:14 and Luke 1:37 have personal meaning to me because I heard similar Words from God a little over 10 years ago. God, after several miscarriages and six years of barrenness, told me that my wife would too have a child whose name was to be G.I.A. (Gia) which means God Is Able (Ephesians 3:20). While she wasn’t prophesied to be the blessing of many people, she was to be my reminder of God’s faithfulness and omnipotence as well as a witness to everyone who asked why she was named G.I.A.

While Abraham was wondering whether God would deliver on His promise after 24 year, God, l believe, did this to demonstrate His omnipotence. There is so much going on in this scene that affirms who God is, but I can address it all here.

What is God telling you about the human impossibilities in your life? Has God spoken to you about what seemingly is an impossibility? If not, inquire of the Lord. He is waiting to demonstrate to the world through you His Omnipotence.

Handel’s Messaiah

 

Who Reigns

September 20, 2011

Within recent weeks, we have talked about various aspects of the character or attributes of God. We talked about God’s faithfulness in being a Great Finisher. More recently, we talked about the Immutability of God. Immutability of God is the fact that God does not change. What He says He does. I would like to take the next few days to talk about God’s sovereignty and omnipotence. Many scholars state that these two attributes go hand in hand.

In Knowledge of The Holy, A.W. Tozer said, “Sovereignty and omnipotence must go together. One cannot exist without the other. To reign, God must have power, and to reign sovereignly, He must have all power. And that is what omnipotent means, having all power. The word derives from the Latin and is identical in meaning with the more familiar almighty which we have from the Anglo-Saxon. This latter word occurs fifty-six times in our English Bible and is never used of anyone but God. He alone is almighty. God possesses what no creature can: an incomprehensible plenitude of power, a potency that is absolute…”Power belongeth unto God,” says the psalmist, and Paul the apostle declares that nature itself gives evidence of the eternal power of the Godhead (Rom 1:20). From this knowledge we reason to the omnipotence of God this way: God has power. Since God is also infinite, whatever He has must be without limit; therefore God has limitless power, He is omnipotent.”

It is proposed that sovereignty and omnipotence are a package deal. That position is captured in Revelation 19:6 where John gives us insight into what is happening in heaven. Hear what John hears

6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (NKJV)
6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” (NASB)
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.” (NIV 1984)

 John hears voices saying praise you the Lord for WHAT… the Lord God omnipotent (almighty) reigns. Below are more detailed definitions, but simply, these words state that the triune God has power beyond our comprehension. Almighty power to be as exact as possible. This same God has control and rule over all things. It is comforting to know that God has control and rule over all things. This is the same comfort and strength was sung about in the old the simple Negro spiritual,

Nothing is too hard for Jesus,
No man can work like Him.

If we just keep it simple standing on the fact that nothing is too hard for our God nor can anyone work like Him, we can make it in life. Application of biblical truth or principles is where many of us fall short. How can I apply this verse. I can stand on the answer to the title (Who reigns) of this post. God reigns. I have a house in which my tenant, who never missed a payment in six years, is about to leave in two weeks. I cannot carry the note for that home and my primary residence. I am trusting that God will work this out for me. It may be that it is time to let the house go, but I am hopeful that God will provide me another steady tenant who pays. Worrying about the home, the payment and my credit rating will not add anything to my life. It will only cause me to worry which is sin. This is my application and something for which you can pray for me about. For my Lord God Almighty Reigns!

 

The word for Lord here is kyrios (kü’-rē-os) which means:

1) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
       a) the possessor and disposer of a thing
            1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master
            2) in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor
      b) is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master
      c) this title is given to: God, the Messiah

The word for God here is theos (the-o’s) which means:

1) a god or goddess, a general name of deities or divinities
2) the Godhead, trinity
     a) God the Father, the first person in the trinity
     b) Christ, the second person of the trinity
     c) Holy Spirit, the third person in the trinity
3) spoken of the only and true God
     a) refers to the things of God
     b) his counsels, interests, things due to him

The word for omnipotent is pantokratōr (pän-to-krä’-tōr) which means:

1) he who holds sway over all things
2) the ruler of all
3) almighty: God

The word for reign is basileuō (bä-sē-lyü’-ō) which means:

1) to be king, to exercise kingly power, to reign
     a) of the governor of a province
     b) of the rule of the Messiah
     c) of the reign of Christians in the millennium
2) metaph. to exercise the highest influence, to control


The Depth of Sin

September 18, 2011

Okay, I am off script today. I just finished reading multiple chapters in 2 Samuel. This book chronicles the lives of first kings of Israel. Today, I was reading about David whom I feel I have some things in common. I want to say though God declared that David was a man after His own heart. God has not declared that about me, but I am seeking to be like David in that after a great sin that I confess it and return to the Lord.

God forgives sin; however, the consequence of sin most often remains. David had many wives and concubines. David’s children from the various mother’s warred with one another leading to the death of some. I am sure that it was hard for David to hear that one of his sons raped his half-sister and that her brother waited two years to take revenge on the rapist, his and her half-brother. I am sure it was hard for David to deal with his son, the murder of the rapist, attempts to kill David and assume his throne.  I know David was sadden when the son who attempted to kill him was himself killed. Solomon, the son of a women whom David took from one of his soldiers, followed in his father’s footsteps taking many wives and concubines even among women whom the Lord had forbade.

I saw all of this for two reasons: 1. God will accomplish His will regardless of the imperfections of His people. 2. There are consequences of our sins that pains us and dishonors God. As I am reflecting over the sin in my life especially what we term as major sins, as if any trespass against the living God isn’t major, I am forgiven, but I, like David and Solomon, am experiencing the effects of my sin years later. My own children carry the seed of my sin in their lives. I see the very struggles I had with sin surfacing in their lives as well. God still is using me, but I think about all it has cost me and the dishonor it has brought against the Lord. I know that even know as I am intimate with the impact of my sin that my heart will be drawn to things that dishonor God. I am a depraved man. The only hope that any of us has is in Christ Jesus. Jesus gives us the power to say not to sin even though many times we still give into sin. We are just captives or slaves to sin any longer. We can choose a different path. but too often, we don’t exercise the power to escape sin’s clutches.

Regardless, we need to think about how sin mars or tarnishes our lives. Think about the thing you have longed for that is not righteous. Surrender it to the Lord and escape one consequence that will impact your life negatively.