Category: Sin

The tactic of the evil one

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you —1 Peter 4:12

Most persons after a step of faith are looking for sunny skies and unruffled seas, and when they meet a storm and tempest they are filled with astonishment and perplexity. But this is just what we must expect to meet if we have received anything of the Lord. The best token of His presence is the adversary’s defiance. The more real our blessing, the more certainly it will be challenged. It is a good thing to go out looking for the worst, and if it comes we are not surprised. To the contrary, if our path is smooth and our way unopposed, it is all the more delightful because it comes unexpectedly.

But let us quite understand what we mean by temptation. If you have stepped out with the assurance that you have died to self and sin, you may be greatly amazed to find yourself assailed with a tempest of thoughts and feelings that seem to come wholly from within, and you will be impelled to say, “Why, I thought I was dead, but I seem to be alive.” This, beloved, is the time to remember that temptation itself is not sin, it is a tactic of the evil one.

by A.B. Simpson

Excuses Can’t Be Forgiven

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

People often approach pastors with their problems, sharing their sins and how guilty they feel. And many ministers are tempted to say, “Oh, don’t feel so bad.” “God will understand.” “You couldn’t help yourself.” “You’ve been through so much.” That’s often the worst thing we can do. For Messiah died for real guilt – not because it was understandable, but because it wasn’t understandable. Not because we couldn’t help it, but because we could help it and chose to do it anyway. If we deny this, then we’re denying the cross and the price He paid. Guilt is real and sin is horrible.

We have to come to the point where we stop making excuses for sin and own up to it. Confess your sin. Let God do the redeeming. Sometimes the best thing in the world is to feel so terrible about sin that the only option you have left is to receive God’s grace and to really change. Give up your excuses. Trade them for something better – the blood, the grace, the repentance, the mercy and the power for new life.

Today’s Mission – Come clean with God today about your sins. Make an agreement that you will stop defending, stop making excuses or covering up your sins. Repent and receive His grace.

by Jonathan Cahn