Tag Archives: sin

Keep a Strong Grip

It’s taken me a bit to get to this point this morning, Father, but I am ready to hear what You have for me. Help me to focus, giving You my attention.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 (<<click here)

Lord, I know it’s just a matter of time until You return. Your word is clear…it’s not an “if” but a “when.” As I cast my eyes over the landscape of this world evil is truly rampant – sin and all of its repercussions is in every quadrant. It may be winning millions of skirmishes but its defeat is ultimate inevitable. It’s difficult to grasp the fact that it can get any worse – but it will. Many spend an exuberant amount of time trying to figure out all the particulars but all I need to know is that it will get worse but evil will not have the final say!

Lord, help me to live out Pauls’ exhortation to “stand firm” and to “keep a strong grip on the teaching” I have received from You and from the followers after Your own heart. And I would ask that my overarching motivation would be the assurance that Your love and grace gives me – not temporary – but eternal comfort and a wonderful hope.” And may that assurance “comfort…and strengthen [me] in every good thing [I] do and say.” Thank You, Jesus, for all You are to me.

August 19th, Wed, 6:54 am

SEX!!!!!

Another beautiful day, all thanks to You, Father! May I use the time given to me, to do and say and be what You would give You the most glory! For You alone are worthy, praise Your holy name!

I Thessalonians 4:1-8 (<<click here)

Lord, today’s passage is totally pertinent in the world in which I find myself. In our downfall we are a sex driven society and it is nigh impossible to not be impacted by it. TV, internet, magazines, email, music, Facebook, movies, our attire – EVERYTHING is sex laden! It is very difficult for me and most everyone else to not be effected in some way! But you call us to be HOLY, and being holy means to be set apart. Being “like You” means being “different from the world.” (biblehub.com)

Lord, following You means I want to be like You! You are holy, so I am to be holy. Your Word clearly calls us to sexual purity. I am called to love You with all of my heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love others as I love myself (Luke 10:27). To be very clear here this is to be Your definition of love not the world’s. So if I am to fulfill the command to love I will not do anything that would make me hurt someone else from a sexual perspective. Obviously, I will take no physical action sexually but even thinking sexual thoughts is harmful outside the context of my marital relationship. It is detrimental to me and if it became known to Karen or any other party to whom I am having sexual thoughts, it would be detrimental to them as well. Detrimental does not equal love.

Lord, the culture in which I live bucks this like crazy but sex outside of a marital relationship is sin! This is the only context in which we can be 100% committed and that is to our husband or wife. Marriage is a covenantal relationship – to love (by Your definition) till “death us do part.” I know it’s not easy but it’s the way it is supposed to be! Anything else and in any other context, and we are outside of Your will…no matter how solid a relationship is.

Lord, protect our marriages – keep them pure. Help us to love each other as You have called us to. Lord, help those outside of marital relationships to be pure and to avoid the pitfalls of sexual interaction. For those who have not crossed that line – keep them strong and help them wait. For those who have fallen, give them a fresh start, a clean slate as they seek Your love and forgiveness. Help us all, all followers of You, to be set apart – to be different from the world!

July 23rd, Thurs, 7:17 am

Trouble with a Capital “T”

Thank You in advance, Father, for the beautiful day ahead! Also, thank You for yesterday’s blessings. It was so nice being with Karen all day – talking, laughing, eating, and looking. I am so grateful that Your hand has been upon us. You have answered our prayers and the prayers of others – our love for each other is stronger than ever. May it ever be so. Praise Your holy name!

I Thessalonians 3:1-5 (<<click here)

Harold Hill proclaimed in The Music Man, “Trouble, oh we got trouble… with a capital “T” and I can surely say it’s not limited to River City. Lord, we all struggle with trouble. Through the years many have tried to blame sin or lack of faith for the trouble we experience. Now we can get ourselves into trouble with sin or a lack of faith but many times You use our trials and tribulations to “build character (James 1:2-4), perseverance (Romans 5:3-5) and sensitivity toward others who also face trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).*NLT LASB

Lord, we can’t avoid them so help us not to fume and stress but to trust You to get us through them and when we come out on the other side that we will be more like You!

July 18th, Sat, 7:29 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible

Nailed to the Cross

Father, thank You for this day, yesterday we will put behind us. I struggled with things, some of which I brought right away to You. Others I dwelt on and shouldn’t have. Help me subdue my critical nature especially when it not constructive or uplifting. Help me to be more attuned to You this day – guide and direct my thoughts and action so as to glorify You.

Colossians 2: 11-15

I am so grateful, Lord, that You and You alone provided me with the wonderful gift of salvation. We both know that sin can still trip me up (see above!) but it does not defeat me, it may have the upper hand in a battle here and there but because of You the war is won. And because of my relationship with You I am a conqueror as well! Because I have embraced Your wonderful gift my “sinful nature” has been cut away. Sin can still influence me to a certain point but it does not control me. I am not blinded (or blind-sided) by sin. I clearly see it for what it is and with You by my side it is defeated. I give You praise for forgiving “all [my] sins.” And for “canceling the record of the charges against [me] “ and by taking it “away by nailing it to the cross.”

You get all the credit. Only because of You can I live a life of victory over sin. Help me more and more to stand firm in Your strength. Help my love for You to grow more, and more every day and for that to persuade every aspect of my life.

June 14th, Sun, 6:45 am

Overcomer

Thank You, Father, for Your presence. I cherish these times of special interaction but I am also grateful that You are with me 24/7. I would ask that I would have an ongoing realization of that fact throughout each and every day. Please be a guiding force in every moment of my life.

Philippians 4:10-23 (<< click here)

“…be content with whatever I have” v11b

“…I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” v13

“…God…will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” v19

Contentment…no limits to what we can do through Christ with the limitless resources found only in Him!

Ok, Lord, first things first…I’m sorry about my attitudes reactions in certain situations when in the van with my family…please forgive me. I sure need to tap in to this “contentment” thing! I realize that I’m a work in progress but this area of my life needs to be addressed.

Why does this part of my life result in anger so often? I know part of it is being called out for my anger is like throwing fuel on the fire – not just a chunk of wood but gasoline! It probably has to do with control and insecurity but whatever it’s rooted in – it needs to stop!

I am richly blessed in so many areas of my life – abundantly so! Why should one really insignificant area of my life (interacting with other vehicles on the road) rob me of the contentment I should feel? Just because others don’t measure up to my standards on the highway should not cause me to lose it! And when my sin is pointed out I shouldn’t blow up!

OK, Lord, this is yet another problem pointing in my life that, obviously, I cannot deal with on my own. I need You to give me the strength to overcome it and conquer it! There is no limit to what I can accomplish through You. I would humbly ask that out of Your “glorious riches” You would grant me extra doses of patience and peace…the “passes understanding” kind! Help me to see it, my struggle – my sin, for what it is and to shut it down by giving it over to You.

Christ in my life, You “must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30 NASB That’s the only solution!

June 4th, Thurs, 7:30 am