Posts Tagged ‘sin’

Story of the day:  Hanging On

Christen had to have four teeth removed yesterday.  As she sat in the chair, I could see the anxiety on her face and her mind thinking about all the things that were going to happen.  As tears began to well up inside, I immediately prayed with her and asked God to give her peace about what was going to happen.

So after a few moments of wondering if she still had to have those teeth removed, the dentist came over, nummed her up with some cotton swobs, and then took out these great big needles that were going to pierce the flesh in her mouth, and numb her entire mouth.  I, with all that I had, remained strong for her, for I knew if my facial expressions relayed any of what I was feeling inside, she would have probably wanted to run out of that room.

There were four teeth, 3 adult teeth, and 1 baby tooth that was missing an adult tooth in it’s stead, that the dentist was going to remove. In just a few minutes, the dentist was able to pull the 3 adult teeth out with hardly any effort.  The baby tooth, however, was clinging on to it’s root for dear life.  The dentist almost had to call the oral surgeon, because as far as the dentist was concerned, that baby tooth wasn’t giving.  Eventually, the baby tooth was cracked and broken from the root, allowing the dentist to get a grip on it and pull it out.  He said, “It’s always those little teeth that have the deepest root and are the hardest to free from the area that it’s gotten accustomed to.”

As I got to thinking about this some more, I began to think about how similar sin is in our life when it isn’t dealt with right away. In the beginning, we might think about it and be a little concerned, but then after a while of it being there, we may forget about it. The sin, no matter how small it is, begins to take root and before you know it, we get comfortable with it being there.  Eventually, we don’t even notice the pain that it may be causing us or feel the need to get rid of it because it is somewhat nice.

Well, no matter how nice or comfortable Christen got with that baby tooth being there, there were some underlying effects, caused by this little tooth that had made itself home in her mouth.  She would get headaches and her jaw would hurt because it was crowding all of the other good teeth in her mouth.  Same is true with sin, it will eventually begin to take over all of the areas in our life, even the good ones, affecting us in different ways.  so much so, that we need Jesus, the Ultimate Dentist, to crack it and break it from the root from which it is embedded within.

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“Jesus is the Ultimate Dentist, able to free you from all of your sin, no matter how big or small it is, you just need to let Him get in there and pull it out.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 6:23 (NKJV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

There is no sin out there that is considered not so bad in Your eyes.  Sin is sin, no matter how big or small it is.  You have said that sin cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and because of Your great love for us, You paid the ultimate price, freeing us from all sin, if we willingly come to know Jesus as our personal Savior.  Father, You pulled out the tooth of sin that has been in my life and have made room for the Holy Spirit to reside, giving me a new life.  Father, I ask that You search my heart and bring to the surface any sin that may be lingering and trying to take root in my life, so that I can confess it to You, and You can pull it out.  Father, I pray for those that don’t know You, that today is the day that they do.  I love You Father, and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story and Quote of the day:  Looking in the mirror

My family is like a mirror.  When I have sinned against them, my sin appears in the suffering of their face…The passion of Christ…is such a mirror.  Are the tears of my family hard to look at?  Well, the pain in the face of Jesus is harder…Nevertheless, I will not avoid this mirror!  No, I will carefully rehearse, again this year, the passion of my Jesus-with courage, with clarity and faith; for this is the mirror of dangerous grace, purging more purely than any other.  Walter Wangerin Jr.

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 51:6

“Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

The mirror shows many things that we can’t see without it.   Father, I pray that in this mirror I am able to recognize my imperfections and any sin that may be hidden and that can’t be seen in the mirror, for these things are found deep within.  Father, I love You and always get excited to move forward with the plans that You have for me.  Sometimes it can be a hard road to follow, but Your Strength gets me through each day.  I love You Father and I am so grateful that You accept my imperfections and love me for who I am. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Pulling Teeth

Didn’t you love pulling your teeth as a child?  Once my teeth began to show signs of a wiggle, I was right in there with my tissue paper, trying to get it out.  If it was really lodged in there and I didn’t have time to use a tissue (mostly because I was in school), my tongue helped to wiggle it around to loosen it even more.  I don’t even think I paid attention in school that day (sorry to all my teachers), because my main mission that day was to get the tooth out, and out would come.

Our middle son has started to lose the last of his baby teeth, the ones that usually come out around 9 years of age.  Well, one tooth in particular was trapped with some tissue from the swollen gums.  I don’t know what it is about my kiddos, but 2 of the 3 don’t like to pull their teeth out.  They will let the teeth hang in there for as a long as they possibly can.  At first, he didn’t want to pull it out, because when you looked at the swollen gums wrapped around one tiny part of the tooth, it did appear to have some painful qualities.  You could see the other tooth trying to sprout up, but it was being hindered by the baby tooth that wasn’t coming out.

I told Jeffrey that he needed to wiggle it around a little more so that it would come out.  Eventually, I was able to talk him into moving it around more with his tongue.  Man, I wanted to get in there and pull it out.  But, I didn’t, I waited until he gave me the okay and as soon as he said okay, I was in there, like a child picking up candy from a broken pinata.  His gums were a little swollen for a day after, but eventually the swelling went down and the new tooth has begun to show its self. 

I began thinking about this some more, and spiritually our sin is like that loose tooth.  It’s just hanging around, swelling things up in our life, and hindering the new tooth, or in our spiritual walk, all that God has intended for our life.  Eventually, that old tooth begins to fuse together with the new tooth by the swollen gums.  Isn’t that how life begins to look as well.  If we have sin in our life, the sin starts to look normal to us, to a point that we don’t even recognize the new tooth. 

I want to encourage you to go ahead and pull that tooth out, confess that sin to God, and allow the new tooth or your life to sprout up and grow in the direction that God has planned.

Quote of the day:  Oswald Chambers

“Whenever God touches sin it is independence that is touched, and that awakens resentment in the human heart.  Independence must be blasted clean out, there must be no such thing left, only freedom, which is very different.  Freedom is the ability not to insist on my rights, but to see that God gets His.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 1:7

“but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me as much as You do.  Your Son, Jesus wiped my debt and has forgiven me of my sins.  I stand before You this day as Your child.  I am so blessed and grateful to call You my Friend.  You are One that shares with me Your Mercy and Grace, and have reached down from Heaven and You have pulled my tooth from it’s root of sin and have made a path for my new tooth to shine as bright as can be.  I thank You for that and for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Drop that trifle

     Billy Graham writes:  One day a little child was playing with a valuable vase.  He put his hand into it and could not take it out.  His father, too, tried his best to get the little boy’s hand out, but all in vain.  They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Now, my son, make one more try.  Open your hand and hold your fingers out straight as you see me doing and then pull.”

     To the father’s astonishment the little fellow said, “Oh no, Daddy.  I couldn’t put my fingers out like that because if I did I would drop my penny.”

     Smile if you will–but thousands of us are like that little boy, so busy holding on to the world’s worthless trifles that we cannot accept God’s freedom.

     What “trifle” is keeping you from God?  A sin you won’t let go of?  An unworthy goal you are determined to reach?  A dishonorable relationship you won’t give up?  I beg you to drop that trifle in your heart.  Surrender!  Let go and let God have His way in your life.

Quote of the day: D.L. Moody

“Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you, but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 4:8a

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

 I pray that You bring to light any trifle that may be standing in the way of drawing close to You.  Father I know that if I trust in myself, that I will be disappointed every single time.  I am forever grateful that You don’t change and that I can count on You for every area of my life.  Thank You for giving me peace that passes all understanding and for Your love that continues to grow in me each day.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Confession

     In The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, the cartoon character Calvin says to his tiger friend, Hobbes, “I feel bad that I called Susie names and hurt her feelings.  I’m sorry I did it.”

     “Maybe you should apologize to her,” Hobbes suggests.

     Calvin ponders this for a moment and replies, “I keep hoping there’s a less obvious solution.”

     When we want to restore our relationship with God, we need to remember that he has a liking for the obvious solution.

Quote of the day:  C. FitsSimons Allison

“We need not “sin that grace may abound.” We are sinners and need only to confess that grace may abound.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You sent Your Son to live and die in this world for me, and because of this, You know what it means to be human.  You can relate to the times when I am sad, hurt, worried, or fearful.  Most of all, You forgive me when I confess to You in times of weakness.  Father, I place my trust in You for every aspect of my life and with Your Word and the love of Your Son in my heart, may I continue to live Your Will for my life.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Overlook a small sin

     Moody writes:  “Some decisions about what Jesus would do are as clear as black and white.  But sometimes the answer isn’t quite so apparent.  And yet other times, we know the right answer, but don’t want to do it.  One of those times is when nobody will ever know which choice we’ve made.  This is the time that Moody refers to as being “in the dark.”  At such times we think we can overlook a duty or commit a “small” sin because no one will ever know.

     But God has given us a conscience–and if we’re serious about doing what Jesus asks of us, we’ll find our consciences will never give us peace if we hold ourselves to a different standard in the night than we do in the day.   Violations of our conscience may not seem troublesome at first glance, but an uneasiness grows that can only be eased by confession and repentance.  A few such painful experiences and we quickly realize that choosing to do whatever Jesus asks of us day or night, is the fastest way to a good night’s sleep.”

Quote of the day:  Dwight L.  Moody

“Character is what you are in the dark.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 14:12

“So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving me a conscience to know right from wrong.  Father, as I live my life daily may the decisions that I make line up with Scripture that I might be walking and living in the Truth.  May I continue to raise the bar in my life so that the things that I do will be pleasing in Your sight.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  The volcano will erupt

   Scores of people lost their lives.  The world’s mightiest army was forced to abandon a strategic base.  Property damage approached a billion dollars.  All because the sleeping giant, Mount Pinatube in the Philippines, roared back to life after six hundred years of quiet slumber.

   When asked to account for the incredible destruction caused by this volcano, a research scientist from the Philippines Department of Volcano logy observed.  When a volcano is silent for many years, our people forget that it’s a volcano and begin to treat it like a mountain.

   Like Mount Pinatube, our sinful nature always has the potential to erupt, bringing great harm both to ourselves and to the others.  The biggest mistake we can make is to ignore the volcano and move back onto what seems like a dormant mountain.” (Stephen Schertzinger)

Quote of the day:  Michael P. Green

Like a piece of wood in a pond, a Christian can float on the surface of sin and not get too wet.  But, just as wood that is in the water for too long gets waterlogged and sinks to the bottom, so also does the Christian who spends too much time in sin.

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 3:23

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me so much and for forgiving me of my sins.  Father, help me to put away the desires of my flesh and the temptations that may come along with daily living.  Give me the strength and the wisdom to understand and know that You always give me a way out of sinning and to know that I don’t have sin because as Romans so clearly states in 6:14, “sin shall not have dominion over me, for I am not under law but under grace.”  I pray for my eyes to stay focused on You, that I may go where You say to go and do what You say to do.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen