“Is there a biblical list of sins?” 4/14/2018 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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Question: “Is there a biblical list of sins?”

Answer: We often think that our lives can be simplified if we just have a checklist to follow. We have shopping lists, to-do lists, wish lists, and more. Surely, if God wants us to have success in living for Him, there must be a list in the Bible of sins to avoid. When we look to the Bible, we certainly do find lists of sins, but we also discover that the lists never seem to end.

From the very beginning, God told man what was right and wrong. To Adam in the Garden, God said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God established His Law with them at Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) were not the whole law, but a summary of all that God had to tell them. The entire books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy are devoted to revealing to the Israelites God’s laws. Jewish rabbis say that there are 613 laws in the Torah (Books of Moses). Of those, 365 are in the “thou shalt not…” category.

What are some examples of these sins? From the Ten Commandments we have false worship, idolatry, misusing God’s name, violating the Sabbath, dishonoring parents, murder, adultery, stealing, lying/libel, and coveting. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), Jesus took some of these same sins to a new level. Regarding murder, Jesus said, “Anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment…. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell” (Matthew 5:22). Regarding adultery, Jesus said, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). In Galatians 5:19-21, we are told, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Just these brief lists will give most people plenty of things to work on for a lifetime. In addition to the various lists that can be found in Scripture, we are told in 1 John 5:17 that “all wrongdoing is sin.” Not only does the Bible tell us the things not to do, but in James 4:17, we are informed that anyone “who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

When we try to compile a list of sins, we find ourselves buried under the guilt of our own failures because we discover that we have sinned far more than we realized. The Scriptures inform us, “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law’” (Galatians 3:10). While that statement might seem self-defeating, it is actually the best news possible. Since we can never fully keep God’s Law, there must be another answer, and it is found a few verses later: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Galatians 3:13-14). The Law of God, or the lists of sins that we find in the Bible, serve as a tutor to “lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).

Recommended Resource: Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie

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Related Topics:

What are the seven things God hates?

What is the difference between iniquity, sin, and transgression?

What does the Bible say about impiety? What does it mean to be impious?

Why is every sin ultimately a sin against God?

What are the seven deadly sins?

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“Why you can’t keep delaying forgiveness” 4/13/2018 Posted by Elihu Anderson for “Courage”

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Why you can’t keep delaying forgiveness

Last spring, we decided to remove the bushes and rocks from our front planter bed and add a better variety of plants. Once the bed was clear of roots and rocks, we laid a strong weed barrier over every inch of dirt. We laid out our plants, cut small holes in the weed barrier, and placed the plants carefully in their new homes. To further prevent the invasion of weeds, we surrounded our lavender, lantana, and annuals with heaps of fragrant brown bark.

One of our friends stood by, his eyebrow arched in skepticism. “You’re still going to have weed problems,” he remarked with a smirk.

In one sense, he was right—the weeds creep in no matter what we do. Bird droppings, neighborhood cats, and the ever-blowing Texas wind bring plenty of rogue seeds into our garden. On the other hand, our careful preparation of the flower bed, coupled with our vigilant efforts to pull unwanted sprouts, have kept our garden clear.

Human hearts, like flowerbeds, can be overrun by bitterness, sorrow, and anger unless we are vigilant. We are wronged almost daily—sometimes hourly! Those wrongs, like rogue seeds, land in the garden of our hearts and weeds of bitter resentment spring up. Only the Lord can give us the help we need to keep our heart free from bitterness.

Let God’s love protect your heart.

Everyone knows that a garden is going to have weeds. Sometimes they seem to sprout overnight. Recognizing this reality makes a good gardener more vigilant as they prepare and protect their garden.

Here’s another stark truth: People will abuse us, lie to us, betray us, slight us, or thoughtlessly wound us. It happened to our Savior while he lived on this earth and it will happen to us. Jesus knew the fickle and treacherous behavior of humanity and yet continued to demonstrate compassionate love. Even as he bled on the cross, he asked the Lord to “forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Read this: When the people you love fail you

God’s love should act like a weed barrier—protecting our hearts not from hurt, but from roots of bitterness. His love teaches us to “keep no record of wrongs,” to “bear all things” and to “endure all things.” Refusing to forgive is refusing to love the way God loved us.

The Lord, in love, sent His Son to bring us peace. If He can forgive us, how can we fail to forgive others?

Give your pain to the Lord.

Weeds are funny things. I’ve killed many a good plant by overwatering, under-watering, or just plain forgetting about them, but I’ve never killed a weed that way. If you ignore them, they grow; if you over-water them, they grow; if you pull the top off, they just grow back!

The only way to kill a weed is to use chemical spray or to physically remove the whole thing—root and all!

Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to let the weeds of anger, bitterness, and resentment grow in our hearts. It doesn’t take much effort to seethe over a wrong suffered. Ignoring your hurt won’t make it go away. You’ve got to pull it out.

These weeds cannot be pulled by our strength alone. We need the Lord to remove bitterness—root and all!

Every time you feel the pang of a wrong suffered, go to the Lord in prayer. Whenever it creeps into your mind, hand it to God. Tell Him exactly how you feel and acknowledge his expectation of forgiveness. Ask Him for help. Even when you think you’ve forgiven, that memory may spark resentment again. Keep giving it back to God.

“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5.6-7)

Forgiveness may seem impossible, but with God, all things are possible.

Nurture peace.

We’ve all got weeds to pull, but don’t forget to nurture the good stuff. Plants worth having need water, fertilizer, protection, and pruning. The fruit of the spirit includes love, patience, gentleness, and self-control. Those particular traits will never mature in our hearts if they are choked by resentment.

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” (Hebrews 12.14-15)

Strive for peace. Nurture reconciliation. Ask the Master Gardener for help.

A day may come when we find ourselves weakened with age. I have spent a fair share of time with elderly people and I am convinced that how we care for our hearts during our youth becomes quite clear in old age. If we hide bitterness beneath a mask of joviality, the pain and weariness of age will remove the mask. If we have nurtured joy and love, age won’t dim the light.

Choose today to nurture the fruit of the spirit—tomorrow may be too late.

Forgive today by removing the weeds of anger, bitterness, and resentment—tomorrow may be too late.

Now read this: If you are overwhelmed with shame 


Elihu Anderson is a surviving California native currently thriving in West Texas. When she isn’t writing for Elihu’s Corner, she is teaching, researching, walking, and book-worming with a cup of chai. Visit Elihu at elihuscorner.com

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“Bring Your Sorrows and Sins” 4/12/2018 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL APRIL 11, 2018

Bring Your Sorrows and Sins

 

Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

Psalm 25:18

It is good for us when prayers about our sorrows are linked with pleas concerning our sins—when, being under God’s hand, we do not focus exclusively on our pain, but remember our sins against God. It is also good to take both sorrow and sin to the same place. It was to God that David carried his sorrow: It was to God that David confessed his sin.

Notice, then, we must take our sorrows to God. Even your little sorrows you may cast upon God, for He counts the hairs of your head; and your great sorrows you may commit to Him, for He holds the ocean in the hollow of His hand. Go to Him, whatever your present trouble may be, and you will find Him able and willing to relieve you. But we must take our sins to God too. We must carry them to the cross, that the blood may fall upon them, to purge away their guilt and to destroy their defiling power.

The special lesson of the text is this: we are to go to the Lord with sorrows and with sins in the right spirit. Note that all David asks concerning his sorrow is, Consider my affliction and my trouble”; but the next petition is vastly more explicit, definite, decided, plain—”Forgive all my sins.”

Many sufferers would have reversed it: “Remove my affliction and my pain, and consider my sins.” But David does not; he cries, “Lord, when it comes to my affliction and my pain, I will not dictate to Your wisdom. Lord, look at them—I will leave them to You. I would like to have my pain removed, but do as You will. But as for my sins, Lord, I know what needs to happen—I must have them forgiven; I cannot endure to live under their curse for a moment.”

A Christian counts sorrow lighter in the scale than sin; he can bear to have troubles continue, but he cannot bear the burden of his transgressions.

 

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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“Faith In Action-True Faith Serves” 4/11/2018 Written by Wally Fry for “Truth in Palmyra”

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Faith In Action-True Faith Serves

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James 2:17-19

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Read James Chapter 2 here

Well, here James goes again. Because he is belaboring this point, we are as well. As well we should, because it is a very important point. The issue of dead, intellectual faith versus real, saving, active faith simply cannot be overstated.

Let’s review again; our works do not save us, period. Since we have spent so much time on works and will continue to, we will likely hit that point over and over again. Again, let’s look at the supposed difference of opinion between James and Paul. No one would disagree that Paul taught salvation by grace alone; he clearly taught our works do not save us.

Of course, the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write the most notable teaching on faith versus works in Ephesians 2:8,9 “ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  Most of us could quote that verse by memory. Sometimes, however, we overlook the continuing thought of that teaching, where we see that Paul certainly was inspired to tell us that works are important. Not only are they important, but they are the natural outflow, and purpose of our salvation. Ephesians 2:10, ” For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Paul also addresses the place of works in other places as well.  Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithand John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit…..” both show us Paul’s thoughts on works clearly.

Finally, James closes with a statement that might sound shocking; if all we have is an intellectual, verbal faith then we actually have the same kind of understanding and belief in God that is possessed even by Satan and his fallen angels! Wow. Demons believe in God; they even believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God; they even possess good knowledge of doctrine. They do not, however, have a saving faith.

What is our belief in Jesus Christ really like? Do we understand Him in our head? Do we understand the doctrine of salvation intellectually? Those are great, but we all need to answer the question that counts: Have we actually submitted to God and trusted Him for our Salvation? If not our faith is dead, being alone; if we have, then our faith is a living, saving faith.

 

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“Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?” 4/10/2018 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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Question: “Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?”

 

Answer: The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First, the resurrection witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, then He has power to raise the dead. If He does not have such power, He is not worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting and gain the victory over the grave (1 Corinthians 15:54–55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is also important because it validates who Jesus claimed to be, namely, the Son of Godand Messiah. According to Jesus, His resurrection was the “sign from heaven” that authenticated His ministry (Matthew 16:1–4) and the proof that He had authority over even the temple in Jerusalem (John 2:18–22). The resurrection of Jesus Christ, attested to by hundreds of eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3–8), provides irrefutable proof that He is the Savior of the world.

Another reason the resurrection of Jesus Christ is important is that it proves His sinless character and divine nature. The Scriptures said God’s “Holy One” would never see corruption (Psalm 16:10), and Jesus never saw corruption, even after He died (see Acts 13:32–37). It was on the basis of the resurrection of Christ that Paul preached, “Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39).

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not only the supreme validation of His deity; it also validates the Old Testament prophecies that foretold of Jesus’ suffering and resurrection (see Acts 17:2–3). Christ’s resurrection also authenticated His own claims that He would be raised on the third day (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34). If Jesus Christ is not resurrected, then we have no hope that we will be, either. In fact, apart from Christ’s resurrection, we have no Savior, no salvation, and no hope of eternal life. As Paul said, our faith would be “useless,” the gospel would be altogether powerless, and our sins would remain unforgiven (1 Corinthians 15:14–19).

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), and in that statement claimed to be the source of both. There is no resurrection apart from Christ, no eternal life. Jesus does more than give life; He is life, and that’s why death has no power over Him. Jesus confers His life on those who trust in Him, so that we can share His triumph over death (1 John 5:11–12). We who believe in Jesus Christ will personally experience resurrection because, having the life Jesus gives, we have overcome death. It is impossible for death to win (1 Corinthians 15:53–57).

Jesus is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). In other words, Jesus led the way in life after death. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is important as a testimony to the resurrection of human beings, which is a basic tenet of the Christian faith. Unlike other religions, Christianity possesses a Founder who transcends death and promises that His followers will do the same. Every other religion was founded by men or prophets whose end was the grave. As Christians, we know that God became man, died for our sins, and was resurrected the third day. The grave could not hold Him. He lives, and He sits today at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Hebrews 10:12).

The Word of God guarantees the believer’s resurrection at the coming of Jesus Christ for His church at the rapture. Such assurance results in a great song of triumph as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:55, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (cf. Hosea 13:14).

The importance of the resurrection of Christ has an impact on our service to the Lord now. Paul ends his discourse on resurrection with these words: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58). Because we know we will be resurrected to new life, we can endure persecution and danger for Christ’s sake (verses 30–32), just as our Lord did. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, thousands of Christian martyrsthrough history have willingly traded their earthly lives for everlasting life and the promise of resurrection.

The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory for every believer. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). And He is coming again! The dead in Christ will be raised up, and those who are alive at His coming will be changed and receive new, glorified bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13–18). Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important? It proves who Jesus is. It demonstrates that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It shows that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that the bodies of those who believe in Christ will not remain dead but will be resurrected unto eternal life.

Recommended Resource: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas

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“Is Your Hypocrisy Hurting Your Witness ?” 4/09/2018 Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM”

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Is Your Hypocrisy Hurting Your Witness ?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. 13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. (Galatians 2:11-13  NKJV.)

I remember the old school days.  I was never the popular kid nor was I the unpopular kid.  I was kind of in the middle.  You know…the kid who was just there; the one who everyone seemed to tolerate as long as I kept out of their way.  Don’t get me wrong.  I was fine with being that kid.  It worked out well for me because I preferred staying back in the shadows.

There were times, however, when I was the only familiar face in a crowd and a cool kid would come and talk to me because they did not know anyone else.  We would talk and enjoy each others company, that is, until the familiar face of another cool kid entered the room.  It was then that the first cool kid gravitated to the other.  Once again, I became the shadow in the group, tolerated but forgotten.

In a Biblical comparison of Galatians 2:12, the cool kid was Peter and I was the gentile.  In Galatians 2:12-13, we read that Paul admonished Peter because of his fear of the Jews of the circumcision.  The word “fear” is phobeomai (φοβέομαι) which in this case refers to an improper impediment to faith and love (Mounce Greek Dictionary).  In other words, Peter was not afraid of the people, per-say, but was afraid of what they thought of him for hanging out with the gentiles.

When dealing with our non-Christian friends, there are three main questions we must ask ourselves,  When our Christian friends come around, do we have the tendency to withdraw from our non-Christian friends?  If so, is it because we are behaving badly with our non-Christian friends?  Or, is it because we are afraid of what our Christian friends might think because we are not hanging out with the “in crowd?”  In either case, we are playing the hypocrite and are damaging our witness.

Jesus was never one who cared about what others thought of Him?  He was happy hanging out with saints and sinners alike because it was them who changed, not Him.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. May we be imitators of Jesus so that hypocrisy may never be found within us .  Be blessed.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; when The Holy Spirit opens your eyes to understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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A Prayer Before Worship

Excellent prayer before going into your church today !! Pray something like this, and be blessed !!
bruce

Elihu's Corner

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Dear Heavenly Father,

I approach your throne of grace with joy this morning as I prepare to worship you today. You are worthy of all glory, honor, and praise.

You are my creator.
You have given me purpose.
You have redeemed me through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
You demonstrate perfect justice, and yet have extended grace to thousands who submit to Your will in faith—including me.

As I get ready for worship, help me to center my heart on You, O Lord. There are always demands and distractions, but let them not detract from the purpose of this morning.

When I speak with my brothers and sisters in Christ today, may my words be edifying. Open my eyes to see the person who needs my attention. Please, grant me the courage to talk to the visitors I don’t know and help them feel welcome and wanted.

Father…

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