August 2019 Lessons In Living
Sin promises so much but delivers so little. In retrospect it never is as appealing as it is in prospect. It is very deceitful (Heb 3:13) because its focus is on the pleasures of the moment without considering the consequences that time and eternity will surely bring. “For the wages of sin is death” – Romans 6:23. We must not think that the pleasures of sin are worth the price of what will surely be paid for them.
Problems and troubles are nothing new. Some of the New Testament epistles are the fruit of first-century problems. When troubles arise, let us not despair but rather let us clothe ourselves in the love of God – 1 Peter 5:7. With faith in His promises we can turn to Him for solutions to our troubles. Remember, “What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us” – Romans 8:31.
One of the hindering attitudes to acceptance of God’s teaching is the thinking of some that they already know what they need to know. They are not teachable because they see no need to be taught. Rather than being taught, they think they must be the ones doing the teaching. However, God says: “Be still, and know that I am God” – Psalms 46:10).
Some people refuse to change their ways. However, Jesus demands that people must change. Contrary to what many may think, He did not come to this earth to save people IN their sins! He came to save people FROM their sins. There is an eternity of difference in those two concepts. Unless one is willing to repent and turn from one’s sins, he is doomed. Jesus said: “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” – Luke 13:3.