Sin

We Reap What We Sow (Obadiah 1)

“The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.” (Obadiah 1:15)

We reap what we sow (Gal. 6:7), meaning we will receive the consequences of our actions. God gives us the freedom to make our own choices- either for or against Him, either to bless or harm others, either to live a life surrendered to Jesus or not. What we see in Obadiah, the shortest book of the Old Testament, is that God’s wrath upon sin bypasses no one. (more…)

A Stunning Contrast (Joel 2:25-26)

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten– the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm– my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed.” (Joel 2:25-26)

After reading through the chilling description of “the day of the Lord” in Joel 1, some may be left with an unnerving feeling. But praise God, as more of the prophecy unfolds in Joel 2!

The second chapter of the book of Joel is such a rich and encouraging passage of the Bible, with many notable prophecies and a clear presentation of God’s love and gospel plan in response to His judgment. (more…)

Held Down (Hosea 5:4)

“Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the Lord.” (Hosea 5:4)

Sin is a terrible thing. It is rebellion against God and His statutes, it disrupts His original design for creation causing pain, anguish, and turmoil, and its penalty is death- not only physical, but spiritual. (more…)

Shifting Blame (Hosea 4:4)

“But let no man bring a charge, let no man accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest.” (Hosea 4:4)

I’m going to assume that the majority of you reading my blog posts are adults. As adults, God has given most of us the mental capacity to read His Word, follow the convictions and leading of the Holy Spirit, and make decisions that align to each. We need to stop blaming other people or things for the sins that we commit. (more…)

Just Like Judas (John 12:4-6)

“But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, ‘Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.’ He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.” (John 12:4-6)

Several years ago when my family and I still lived in the SF Bay Area, we attended a large church that puts on an annual Easter production for the community. One year I played the role of Judas Iscariot, who is known as the disciple who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. It was challenging for me to play that role, for as a born-again Christian, I had to put myself in the complete mindset of the one who betrayed the Lord.

While it was difficult to put myself in Judas Iscariot’s shoes, the life of Judas is a clear demonstration of those who claim to believe in and follow Jesus, but whose thoughts and actions reflect anything but. And I had been there before. (more…)