This past week I worked on my anger. I admit I am a very angry person at times and lose my temper. One thing I have noticed is that if I admit my wrongs and ask for forgiveness then God has something to work with. I have to admit I have a problem before I can change it. By recognizing my sinful nature God is able to change my heart and I am able to change my behavior. What a weight off my shoulders! Sometime in my sin I need to see a counselor, and I do if I need to. There is no reason for us to live in sin. It is a heavy, yucky, gross burden and it brings us down. I can not be who God intended me to be if I give into the temptation of sin. Do not let the knock at the door of temptation hang out in your heart or mind! Or you will sin. Do not let your feelings make your choices. Ask for help and forgiveness. Be who God created you to be. But above all else guard your heart!! For your heart will determine your choices. Flee from temptation and use the words of the Bible to resist temptation. This is how Jesus resisted temptation. Temptation is not sin but if you give in, it becomes sin.
“I have discovered this principle of life-that when I want to do what is right, I inevitable do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still with me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”
Romans 6:12 Do not let sin control the way you live do not give in to sinful desires.
Some of you may not appreciate this style of music but I like the message. And some of young people in your life really like this style of music so share it with them.
It’s time to make war!!!
The next 5 sins to think about getting rid of in your life for this week.
Proverbs 17:14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 18:6 The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.
2 Timothy 2:23-26 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
12. Arrogance (Swellings) (Proud)
Mark 7:22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
Isaiah 2:17 The arrogance of man will be brought low
and human pride humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day
Romans 1:30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.
This is how God will deal with the arrogant.
Isaiah 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
Do not worry about the arrogant people who think they are better than others God will deal with them. The Bible also talks about those who are religious and think they are better than others. They are false apostles. We are to be righteous but we are not to brag about it or make others feel less than. We are to always be humble.
13. Ashamed, hiding your light for Jesus
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Luke 9:26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Romans 10:11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
14. Ashamed of Jesus and His words
Mark 8:38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
If you are ashamed of Jesus and His words remember Romans 10:11. “Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.” NEVER!!!!
Exodus 21: 18-19 18 “If people quarrel and one person hits another with a stone or with their fist[a] and the victim does not die but is confined to bed, 19 the one who struck the blow will not be held liable if the other can get up and walk around outside with a staff; however, the guilty party must pay the injured person for any loss of time and see that the victim is completely healed.
Acts 14:5 There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.
It seems obvious but assaulting others is not okay. But if you look at ISIS and the Black Lives Matter groups, some say it’s okay. In these cases they are murdering people. But God says not to assault people either. This is a reason for restitution.
Romans 10:9 “I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that God raised him from the dead, I am saved! For it is believing you your heart that you are made right with God.”
If you believe Jesus is Lord. Than trust and obey. Do not be a slave to sin!
Enjoy your week and the music.