Sinning On Purpose

Hebrews 10:26-27
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

There were times in my life when I wanted to do something that I knew went against Christ’s Word (the Bible), but I did it any way. That is called willful sin, and it brought serious consequences to my life. Many people have the wrong idea that they can sin on purpose and make things right with God later, but such a mentality will actually lead a person to hell if he or she does not change their ways.

Are you deliberately disobeying Jesus in any way? Admit your disobedience to Jesus and ask Him daily for strength to live by His Word. God will help you to live a pure life when you ask Him and spend time with Him.

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Are you glorifying Jesus with your dream?

One of the passions Jesus gave me is mass communications. Before fully following Christ, I used that gift to promote secular music. I had the idea that Jesus would give me success in the music industry so that other people could get to know about Him. However, when my career advanced, it did not bear fruit for Christ at all. Instead I compromised in my relationship with Jesus because I was influenced by the music and lifestyle of the industry. I remember moments where I was manipulated to lie or took part in ungodly conversations. I also started using marijuana because of the people I worked with closely.

Whatever your gift or passion is, are you using it in a way which glorifies Christ? For example if you practice law, do you lie on behalf of clients to get more money? If you practice medicine, do you engage in gossip with coworkers and take part in ungodly jokes? Or are you sharing about Christ at your job, and being an example of God’s love?

Jesus gave you talents for the purpose of bringing Him glory. We are not all called to work in a church building, but we ARE ALL called to glorify God in everything we do by living out the Bible and sharing the love of Christ.

I Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

There’s No Peace In A Selfish Heart

One of the things that challenges me is putting the needs or wants of other people before my own. I have realized the more I focus on pleasing myself and ignore the interests of others, the more my peace and joy decrease. This is because Christ’s peace and joy cannot dwell in a selfish heart!Do you struggle with selfishness? Repent, then pray for Jesus to change your heart and help you walk in love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). 

Philippians‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

When We Ignore Christ

There have been many instances where I felt God’s conviction to change in an area of my life, but instead of changing my ways I made excuses and disobeyed Christ. “I tried but I can’t help myself,” or “I prayed so much but I’m still struggling,” were my common excuses. I didn’t usually see consequences right away, but the time always came when I surely paid the price. Has Christ been convicting you about a weakness or sin in your life? You can choose to ignore it now, but there will be a consequence to face later. I learned the hard way that just because God seems quiet does not mean He isn’t paying attention anymore! He did not change His mind about what He told you!
If you have tried and failed to change in an a certain area of your life, continue bringing your weakness/sin to Christ by praying and fasting until you see change. 
“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” (Proverbs 19:20 NIV)

Staying Close To Jesus

I can recall times that I sought after Christ desperately, then after getting some breakthrough I became relaxed in my spiritual life (I.e not praying, disobeying God, & etc). In time I went right back to the same struggles I had prayed and fasted to break free from. 

I learned the hard way that seeking Jesus is not seasonal! Anytime we weaken spiritually, we become more likely to follow after the desires of our flesh. If we want to be spiritually stable and walk in the power of God, we have to be consistent in praying, fasting, and studying the Bible. 

Do you struggle with consistency in your walk with Jesus? Pray daily for strength to seek God diligently and obey Him. 

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” ‭‭(1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Only Christ Fulfills

For many years I tried to find fulfillment from being in a relationship. When that didn’t work, I tried finding fulfillment in my career. I never had peace living that way because my joy went up and down depending on how those areas in my life were going. God taught me when we find our fulfillment or meaning in a relationship, career, sport, degree or etc rather than Jesus, that idol we made for ourselves will eventually leave us feeling empty. 
Have you been searching for fulfillment outside of God? Pray for Jesus to fill your heart with His love and help you be satisfied in Him. 

“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.” (Isaiah‬ ‭55:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

A Growing Love For Christ

In my walk with Christ, my love for Him has been strongest when I spent a lot of quality time in prayer. When we spend time with God we are feeding our spiritual nature, and in turn we desire more of God. If you want a love for Christ that is fire hot, start spending more quality time with Him by fasting and praying. Meditate on His Word (the Bible) throughout your day, and commune with other believers.

Absence from Jesus will not make your heart grow fonder!

Mark 12:30
“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”

Getting Serious About Prayer

When we observe the men and women God used in the Bible, we can see that they lived prayerful lives. For example, King David ruled over Israel, yet he was continually seeking the presence of God (Psalm 27:8). Daniel had a high position in the Babylonian government, but he also kept his commitment to prayer (Daniel 6:10). Finally, we have our Savior Jesus Christ who healed multitudes of people during His ministry, yet He still rose early in the morning to pray (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:15,16).

How many of us in those positions would think we are too busy to pray? The truth is, regardless of our title (business owner, parent, student or etc) we have no valid excuse before Christ as to why we don’t pray. If you are struggling in this area, ask Jesus to help you prioritize spending time with Him. In prayer, Jesus will equip you to take care of your responsibilities and enjoy your life!

Colossians 4:2
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;”

Love For Christ Produces Obedience

When I dedicated my life to Christ, I was excited to learn about the things God liked and didn’t like. I wanted to be close to Him so badly, that I was enthusiastic about being obedient! A time came however, when obeying God in some areas started to feel like an obligation, and God showed me this verse:

Revelation 2:4-5
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

If obeying God feels like a burden, then your love for Jesus has become lukewarm. Ask Jesus to fill you with a love for Him that is fire hot! That is a prayer He won’t deny 😄🙏

I John 5:3
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”