Sin- Let’s Be Honest

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Good Thursday Morning! Today I decided to dig a little deeper on this whole Sin thing. Previous discussions have been a basic overall of the subject and today I would like to get a little more to the root of the problem, shall we? Let’s Roll!

So, we discussed that Adam and Eve committed the first Sin by eating of the Tree of Knowledge that God had forbidden that they eat from. We also know they, like us today, were tempted by the Enemy of God and Humanity. There is no disputing Lucifer was there “reasoning” with them on why they should go against God there; and here is where it gets interesting…..

See, so often I talk about personal responsibility. No matter the situation, there is ALWAYS two sides. One side may have more of a part in the overall discussion, but there are always at least two players in every game. The area of Sin is no different. Did Lucifer force Eve to take the Fruit from the Tree and eat it? Was she threatened in any way that if she did not eat, Lucifer would strike her down and/or kill her husband? Well, there has been no Biblical version that would lead me to believe this was part of the discussion, so what does that mean? It means that while the old Angel of Light did tempt Eve, there was no coercion or threats made. Hence, Eve……..WANTED to eat the Fruit. She WANTED to give in to temptation, and she WANTED to disobey God. Why? Not totally sure about that, hopefully someday we will get to ask her but the simple Truth that she WANTED to Sin remains.

How does this tie into us? Well, for me it goes back again to the personal responsibility portion of our discussion. In any situation, if we are to get better or overcome an obstacle in our lives, we must first see what part we played so we can get better! Ignoring our role in our troubles is a classic denial move that never works out or heals us so we can move on. Its far too easy to blame someone else for our pain and ignore the role we played in allowing it to happen. So, where Sin is concerned, let’s be honest about it. Yes, Lucifer still tempts us, but just as in the Garden, he does not have the power to FORCE us to do it, we CHOOSE to do it. Which leads us to the hard Truth that deep down we WANT to Sin, we WANT to give in to temptation, and yes we WANT to disobey God.

Kind of harsh you say? Maybe, but think about your temptations for a minute and see if I’m wrong. Lust, alcoholism, drugs, etc, they all make you temporarily “feel” good so when the rubber meets the road are we REALLY wanting to get rid of that feeling? Only when we get to the point where we are willing to be honest about our Sin can we overcome it! (This is where the Good Part comes in). This is so essential because the next step is realizing that no matter how those things make you feel, Jesus will give you a feeling never experienced before and will make you not desire those things that tempt you anymore! Is it all starting to make sense now?

Mission

God was willing to give a Perfect World to Adam and Eve if they would just obey that one rule. For reasons that we still don’t totally understand, the temptation to have more was just too much for Eve to overcome. Her inner desire was to have MORE; what is yours today? Can we stop pushing all the blame on Lucifer and start taking some personal responsibility in all of this? Once we understand that at its core, Sin is OUR fault and OUR problem, we can turn that over to Jesus and let Him bury our Sin at the Cross of Calvary so we can be set free! Amen? In this world of everything is everyone else’s fault and just do whatever you want if it makes you happy, can we at least acknowledge our role in all of this and take the first step in TRULY overcoming Sin in our lives? Jesus is offering you all of eternity; are you willing to accept? Just like our sister Eve, you have a choice; that choice begins with the Truth. What is your Truth today? Give it to God and watch Him replace that Sin with Glory!

Love in Christ,

David

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Sin- Let’s Be Honest

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Good Monday Afternoon friends! Home from work and because Sundays conversation went so well, I decided to dig a little deeper on this whole Sin thing. Yesterday was a basic overall of the subject and today I would like to get a little more to the root of the problem, shall we? Let’s Roll!

So, we discussed that Adam and Eve committed the first Sin by eating of the Tree of Knowledge that God had forbidden that they eat from. We also know they, like us today, were tempted by the Enemy of God and Humanity. There is no disputing Lucifer was there “reasoning” with them on why they should go against God there; and here is where it gets interesting…..

See, so often I talk about personal responsibility. No matter the situation, there is ALWAYS two sides. One side may have more of a part in the overall discussion, but there are always at least two players in every game. The area of Sin is no different. Did Lucifer force Eve to take the Fruit from the Tree and eat it? Was she threatened in any way that if she did not eat, Lucifer would strike her down and/or kill her husband? Well, there has been no Biblical version that would lead me to believe this was part of the discussion, so what does that mean? It means that while the old Angel of Light did tempt Eve, there was no coercion or threats made. Hence, Eve……..WANTED to eat the Fruit. She WANTED to give in to temptation, and she WANTED to disobey God. Why? Not totally sure about that, hopefully someday we will get to ask her but the simple Truth that she WANTED to Sin remains.

How does this tie into us? Well, for me it goes back again to the personal responsibility portion of our discussion. In any situation, if we are to get better or overcome an obstacle in our lives, we must first see what part we played so we can get better! Ignoring our role in our troubles is a classic denial move that never works out or heals us so we can move on. Its far too easy to blame someone else for our pain and ignore the role we played in allowing it to happen. So, where Sin is concerned, let’s be honest about it. Yes, Lucifer still tempts us, but just as in the Garden, he does not have the power to FORCE us to do it, we CHOOSE to do it. Which leads us to the hard Truth that deep down we WANT to Sin, we WANT to give in to temptation, and yes we WANT to disobey God.

Kind of harsh you say? Maybe, but think about your temptations for a minute and see if I’m wrong. Lust, alcoholism, drugs, etc, they all make you temporarily “feel” good so when the rubber meets the road are we REALLY wanting to get rid of that feeling? Only when we get to the point where we are willing to be honest about our Sin can we overcome it! (This is where the Good Part comes in). This is so essential because the next step is realizing that no matter how those things make you feel, Jesus will give you a feeling never experienced before and will make you not desire those things that tempt you anymore! Is it all starting to make sense now?

Mission

God was willing to give a Perfect World to Adam and Eve if they would just obey that one rule. For reasons that we still don’t totally understand, the temptation to have more was just too much for Eve to overcome. Her inner desire was to have MORE; what is yours today? Can we stop pushing all the blame on Lucifer and start taking some personal responsibility in all of this? Once we understand that at its core, Sin is OUR fault and OUR problem, we can turn that over to Jesus and let Him bury our Sin at the Cross of Calvary so we can be set free! Amen? In this world of everything is everyone else’s fault and just do whatever you want if it makes you happy, can we at least acknowledge our role in all of this and take the first step in TRULY overcoming Sin in our lives? Jesus is offering you all of eternity; are you willing to accept? Just like our sister Eve, you have a choice; that choice begins with the Truth. What is your Truth today? Give it to God and watch Him replace that Sin with Glory!

Love in Christ,

David

Sin- Let’s Be Honest

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Good Sunday Morning friends! Coffee is in hand and because yesterday’s conversation went so well, I decided to dig a little deeper on this whole Sin thing. Yesterday was a basic overall of the subject and today I would like to get a little more to the root of the problem, shall we? Let’s Roll!

So, we discussed that Adam and Eve committed the first Sin by eating of the Tree of Knowledge that God had forbidden that they eat from. We also know they, like us today, were tempted by the Enemy of God and Humanity. There is no disputing Lucifer was there “reasoning” with them on why they should go against God there; and here is where it gets interesting…..

See, so often I talk about personal responsibility. No matter the situation, there is ALWAYS two sides. One side may have more of a part in the overall discussion, but there are always at least two players in every game. The area of Sin is no different. Did Lucifer force Eve to take the Fruit from the Tree and eat it? Was she threatened in any way that if she did not eat, Lucifer would strike her down and/or kill her husband? Well, there has been no Biblical version that would lead me to believe this was part of the discussion, so what does that mean? It means that while the old Angel of Light did tempt Eve, there was no coercion or threats made. Hence, Eve……..WANTED to eat the Fruit. She WANTED to give in to temptation, and she WANTED to disobey God. Why? Not totally sure about that, hopefully someday we will get to ask her but the simple Truth that she WANTED to Sin remains.

How does this tie into us? Well, for me it goes back again to the personal responsibility portion of our discussion. In any situation, if we are to get better or overcome an obstacle in our lives, we must first see what part we played so we can get better! Ignoring our role in our troubles is a classic denial move that never works out or heals us so we can move on. Its far too easy to blame someone else for our pain and ignore the role we played in allowing it to happen. So, where Sin is concerned, let’s be honest about it. Yes, Lucifer still tempts us, but just as in the Garden, he does not have the power to FORCE us to do it, we CHOOSE to do it. Which leads us to the hard Truth that deep down we WANT to Sin, we WANT to give in to temptation, and yes we WANT to disobey God.

Kind of harsh you say? Maybe, but think about your temptations for a minute and see if I’m wrong. Lust, alcoholism, drugs, etc, they all make you temporarily “feel” good so when the rubber meets the road are we REALLY wanting to get rid of that feeling? Only when we get to the point where we are willing to be honest about our Sin can we overcome it! (This is where the Good Part comes in). This is so essential because the next step is realizing that no matter how those things make you feel, Jesus will give you a feeling never experienced before and will make you not desire those things that tempt you anymore! Is it all starting to make sense now?

Mission

God was willing to give a Perfect World to Adam and Eve if they would just obey that one rule. For reasons that we still don’t totally understand, the temptation to have more was just too much for Eve to overcome. Her inner desire was to have MORE; what is yours today? Can we stop pushing all the blame on Lucifer and start taking some personal responsibility in all of this? Once we understand that at its core, Sin is OUR fault and OUR problem, we can turn that over to Jesus and let Him bury our Sin at the Cross of Calvary so we can be set free! Amen? In this world of everything is everyone else’s fault and just do whatever you want if it makes you happy, can we at least acknowledge our role in all of this and take the first step in TRULY overcoming Sin in our lives? Jesus is offering you all of eternity; are you willing to accept? Just like our sister Eve, you have a choice; that choice begins with the Truth. What is your Truth today? Give it to God and watch Him replace that Sin with Glory!

Love in Christ,

David

Hope Continued

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Good Sunday morning friends! As promised I have returned with coffee in hand and ready for the day. As I look outside my window while I type this, I’m starting to wonder if it is just going to snow all year or not. We have been due for a bad winter but enough is enough already. This guy is ready for some warm temperatures and Spring sports. But alas, God has His plans and I place my hope in that….What do you place your hope in today?

I know I talk about this alot but every day as I observe the world and what people place their hope in, it really gets discouraging. I see people place their hope in their careers, their spouses, their friends, you name it they have given themselves over to things and people that could never possibly give them the hope that they so desperately need.

Meanwhile, the One that can give them this hope is just waiting in the wings to be asked…Folks, I try to be real and not some legalistic Christian that plays by rules that frankly don’t exist and for this its no different. Trust me when I say that I have been down that road, still do sometimes, and every single time it ends in disappointment. The only time my hope does not get shattered is when I have placed that situation in the hands of Jesus..

He created me, He chased me down so that I may have an opportunity for REAL life both here and eternal, He loves me in ways that no human even has the capability of, so why should I place my hope in anything else? Does this sound at all familiar? Friends, this process is not easy but yet if you are truly looking for answers and hope, only One way is possible; the Creator and His only Son Jesus Christ.

Soon, the time for choosing will be over; I ask you this day one more time…where have you laid your hope this morning…..

Faith, Hope, Love,

David