En Gedi: Finding rest in the wilderness!

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Posts Tagged ‘sinfulness’

Seven Losses When A Christian Lives In Sin!

Posted by Scott on November 11, 2009

As a Believer, we are forced to face certain facts about sin. Whenever we sin we lose something within us which was intended to draw us back to our Lord.

Psalm 51:1-2

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”

Loss #1: LIGHT

1 John 1:6

“If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”

God is light. Not one pixel of darkness resides in Him or around Him.  Fellowship with Him is a deep, loving, communion with our heavenly Father. If we claim this kind of fellowship but are living in sin, we are liars, not being truthful. So, the first thing we lose in our sinfulness is Light.

Loss #2: JOY

1 John 1:3-4

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.”

Having fellowship with our Father and our Savior makes our joy complete. However, we lose this joy when we decide to live in a sinful life style, relationship or any combination of sinfulness. We lose our light and our joy!

Reference John 15:11 & Galatians 5:22

A portion of living by the Spirit of God is Joy. In Psalm 51:12 we find a crying out for this joy to be restored…the joy of his salvation. To choice to live in sin comes at a high price by trading rebellion against God for His light and abundant joy.

Loss #3: RIGHTEOUSNESS

1 John 3:4-10

“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness…No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him….He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.”

This is reaching the dangerous category. Because to claim to be a Believer yet make a conscious decision to live in sin makes us  unrighteous. Sin is wrong and is unrighteous behavior. Those who are authentic Christians cannot remain in that sin for long. The guilt of destroying a relationship with our Savior is too deep to allow us to remain in it. The Scripture’s go so far as to tell us the one who does not do what is right is not a child of God. That is pretty point-blank and bold. So, we must be careful in our decisions…sin is hazardous and causes us great loss.

Loss #4: LOVE

1 John 2:5-6

“But if anyone obeys His Word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him. Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”

Sin is disobedience to the Word of God. Simple enough, but we have a loss of the love of God when we are living in sin. Not saying God does not love us, but that kind of love He has for us, we no longer have for others or even give back to Him. This boils over into a lack of God’s kind of love for others around us. We cannot walk as Jesus did, because the love of the Father is not in us. When the decision to sin is made, whether subtle or slowly, enters the heart of a claiming Believer, and a person remains in that sinfulness day after day without repentance, we have traded this abiding love of our Lord for the lustfulness of sin. This trade-off is not good for any of us. The depths of sin only dig us into a hole that swallows us up, eeks out every hint of light and causes us to feel dirty, filthy, and completely lost to the world of darkness. You do not want to get this far.

Loss #5: FELLOWSHIP

1 John 1:3

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.”

We touched on fellowship before. It is lost in our sinfulness. Living in sin has nothing in common with the righteous. Living in sin has nothing to profit us and pulls us away from the table of fellowship with other Believers. The one living in sin has no light, no joy, no righteousness, no godly love, and now has lost their fellowship with others. Another high price to pay for consciously being disobedient to God.

On the flip side of this, unholy living places us at the table of an unholy fellowship. Those a person in sin will fellowship with are evil, ungodly to the core and feed each a bowl of lies that will make your stomach turn. Ungodliness attracts to worst of people in your life. Your waywardness will take you down a road which God is not on and render you helpless apart from a miraculous merciful act on God’s part. A sinful life style has only as their hope God’s grace, a merciful action on God’s part, and ultimate true salvation. That is a great hope, but it is the only hope for those choosing to live separated from God.

Loss #6: CONFIDENCE

1 John 3:19-22

“This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything. If our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.”

Sin is an indictment on our confidence. We will not enter His presence in honorable prayer because our hearts filled with sin condemns us before Him. A proud heart full of ourselves speaking in the presence of a holy God does not go together. We cannot hide our sinful condition because God knows everything.

Also, besides the loss of confidence, it causes us to lose the ability to obey and receive what we come to Him for because of the wall of sin we have built between us and God. Sin is a loosely built wall that tightens up with age if not confessed quickly and repented from immediately.

Loss #7: HEALTH & POSSIBLE PHYSICAL LIFE

1 Cor 11:30

Partaking of the communion services with a sinful heart brings about contrition before a holy and mighty God. If a Christian continues to live in their sin, know ing it is wrong, but refusing to do anything about in total rebellion and disobedience to God, their health can began to fail sometimes even to the point of death. The most dangerous activity we can encounter as Believers is to enter a sinful lifestyle in the face of Almighty God and think we can manipulate God the way we do our friends and family. God detest this and so do other Believers who recognize you are living in sin.

I have seen sinfulness poke its ugly head above the ground in so many ways. Wives and moms leaving their families because they do not want to be in that relationship anymore and live in sin with another woman’s husband. I have seen it rare up with two people shacking up together before getting married, denying the sinfulness of their ways and pushing forward to matrimony which end in a disputed divorce. It shows up in great ugliness as men and women turn to the gay lifestyle and excuse it away. On and on I could go.  Bottom line is this, for a Believer to call themselves a Christian and live as though they are not in blasphemous at the core. You are lying to God and man about your faith. If a person continues in this life style of sin for the rest of their life or jumping for one to another without a moment of repentance and returning to a strong faith in Jesus Christ, I would contend they are not a Believer to start with.

Sin is a destructor of people both Believers and non-Believers alike. However, it is more tragic for the Believer who knows better.

Scott Bailey (c) 2009

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True Salvation Is Through Jesus Christ Alone!

Posted by Scott on June 5, 2008

Easy believism taught by many mainstream churches today is not the true salvation taught in scripture.  This “gospel” being taught that God loves you just as you are and he wants to bless your life now…that you can have “your best life now” is a false gospel.  Until a person comes to terms with the fact that they are a sinner condemned to hell apart from a work of God in their life and that repentance is required they will not be truly saved.  You cannot just believe in Christ and not deal with the sin.  This is why so many churches today are racking up great numbers of so called “converts to Christ”…just believe and you are saved, but without repentance.  Anyone will come that kind of Jesus…just believe in Him and you have a ticket to heaven and yet you do not really have to change your life at all….this is wrong and heretical.  Jesus says we must deny ourselves and follow Him.  Was His life on earth easy?  No!  To follow the Jesus Christ of the Bible, to follow the God of the Bible, will not make you the most popular person on the street.  As a matter of fact it will most likely divide your street with most people being on the opposite side from you.  To believe, have faith in and follow the Jesus of the Bible, the true Christ, will require you to turn from the way you are going right now and go the way of Christ.  Our best life is in the future with Christ in the New Heaven for all eternity…it is not right now!  I encourage you to watch John MacCarthur speak on this very subject.  It is a great video.  Enjoy and search your heart today!

 

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The “Seeker-Sensitive Gospel” Leads Men Straight to Hell!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Paul washer addressing this disease sweeping through our churches today in this great video.

 

 

Mark Kielar-FBC Boyton Beach Florida makes a great case against the “Seeker Sensitive” church movement.

“Ah, we’re just reaching the culture… Don’t be so legalistic!” – It’s the cry from those who believe that being conformed to the world instead of being transformed by the renewing of our mind actually helps God.

Many of the proponents of “seeker” friendly mentality hold this issue to be a little matter of dispute between those who hold to sound doctrine and those who would rather tickle ears for a season than have men’s souls saved for eternity. The apostle Paul, himself, disagreed with these people, though. He said if anyone including angels from Heaven presents any other Gospel than the one you’ve initially received from the apostles of God and Jesus Christ, let him be anathema (the strongest curse one could give)! Mark Kielar explains why the message will never be able to cater to unbelief because the very message of the Gospel is “Repent AND Believe.”

 

 

 

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Regeneration and Self-Denial!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Well spoken words by Paul Washer.

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God is the Gospel!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

This is a great book I would recommend to anyone wanting to know what the real gospel is rather than what the church has watered down over the past 175 years.

Most people, when they ponder what it means to be loved by God, think of the things that God does for us. John Piper writes that what is most loving about God is not his making much of us, but his enabling us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy making much of him forever.

God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

This book is a cry from the heart of John Piper. He is pleading that God himself, as revealed in Christ’s death and resurrection, is the ultimate and greatest gift of the gospel.

None of Christ’s gospel deeds and none of our gospel blessings are good news except as means of seeing and savoring the glory of Christ. Forgiveness is good news because it opens the way to the enjoyment of God himself. Justification is good news because it wins access to the presence and pleasures of God himself. Eternal life is good news because it becomes the everlasting enjoyment of Christ.

All God’s gifts are loving only to the degree that they lead us to God himself. That is what God’s love is: his commitment to do everything necessary (most painfully the death of his only Son) to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfying—namely, himself.

Saturated with Scripture, centered on the cross, and seriously joyful, this book leads us to satisfaction for the deep hungers of the soul. It touches us at the root of life where practical transformation gets its daily power. It awakens our longing for Christ and opens our eyes to his beauty.

Piper writes for the soul-thirsty who have turned away empty and in desperation from the mirage of methodology. He invites us to slow down and drink from a deeper spring. “This is eternal life,” Jesus said, “that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” This is what makes the gospel—and this book—good news.

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Examine Yourself-Are You Really Saved?

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Another great video and message from Pastor Paul Washer.  We must examine ourselves.  Will God find us living for Him will all we have or will He find us only giving Him a token portion of our life on Sunday’s?  What was your salvation experience like?  Is repentance a part of your salvation?  Do you renew that repentance daily?  Listen closely to what Paul is saying.  Paul preaches hard, but he is speaking truth from God’s word.  The message of salvation is too serious to handle delicately and dancing around the har truths that must be spoken.  Paul handles the issue with tremendous love.

 

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The Narrow Gate!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Great video by Pastor Paul Washer!

 

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Decisional-Regeneration is Psychological Manipulation!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

This is a great video by Paul Washer on the manipulation done in today’s church invitation system at the end of services.  Watch and listen closely…great stuff!

“That’s what the cults do.” – Paul Washer

“Many people think that because they prayed a prayer, walked an aisle once in their life, and/or raised their hand when all the heads are bowed because their “autonomous” emotions convinced them to at a certain point in time that they are saved even though they live as worldly and carnal as everyone else in the world. My question is “When do we just start saying that if a person continues in unbelief, worldliness, and carnality regardless of what they did at a point in time then the are unbelieving, a worldling, and carnal? Do we really need votes that much as to forsake their soul?” We need preachers like Paul Washer; not politicians behind pulpits.”

 

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Caveman Living!

Posted by Scott on May 24, 2008

A 15 pound spear zooms by his head with such force it created wind as it landed deep inside the palace wall.  As the young man realized the spear was meant for him, he jumped up and ran out of the palace without saying anything.  Sweat drenching his body, dust swirling up behind him, his heart pumping so fast he could see it pounding through his clothes, the young man continues to run for the mountain area outside of town.  As he begins to slow down, still exhausted from the threat to his life and the vigorous run he just made a young David comes to a cave to hide out for a while until the threat on his life has subsided.

Upon entering the dark cold depths of the cave, David finds a place to fall to his knees.  Still weeping, confused as to why the King was trying to kill him and trying to catch his breath in between his thoughts David cries out,

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.  It is in You my soul take refuge.  It is here I will take my refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.  I am here crying out to You, my God Most High, to my God who fulfills His purpose in me.  It is You, Lord, who reaches down from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me.  You, my Lord, send Your love and faithfulness.  I am in the midst of lions here.  I am among ravenous beasts.  These men whose teeth are like spears and arrows, whose tongues are like sharp swords telling lies about me.

Be exalted, Elohim, above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.  When these liars spread a net for my feet, I was bent over in distress.  These beast dug a pit in my path for me, but they ended up in the pit themselves.

Jehovah, my heart is steadfast towards You.  I will sing and make beautiful music.  Awake my soul, Awake you harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn with my praise in music to my God.  I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations.  I will sing of you among the people.  Great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, Elohim, my Adonai.  Above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.”

At this point, I am sure a young and totally spent David, fell further to the ground to rest.  Men, we find ourselves on run sometimes.  Hopefully not literally as David did, but in our lives we will find ourselves in the middle of being on the run within ourselves.  People accusing us falsely.  Others after us.  Some claiming to be our brothers in Christ not being truthful to us.  Many in the church not coming to our aid at all, but actually causing life to be worse than better.  Bill collectors calling because we have found ourselves in a financial disaster with no vision of a way out.  Possibly you are a commission income person with little to no prospects for income in the future that you can see.  Guys, we can find ourselves in different corners of this life with spears hurling at our heads, but what will we do? 

If we are truthful about our situations, we will understand that God is leading us to a special cave he has designed just for us.  It is there we find refuge and security.  It is in this quiet cave that we are able to gather our thoughts again and the ability to set quietly and hear God speak.  It is in this cave that some decisions are made about our situation.  Will we retreat further into self-pity and allow ourselves to become depressed over it?  Will we become so angry about our enemies attacks or it could even be anger with God for allowing us to be in that situation?  In this case we might even try to get revenge upon our assailant.  This usually only leads further down into a dark hole and sin that crushes all of our hopes and dreams.  However, there is a third approach we can take to our time as a caveman.  Stop and think for a moment who it is who lead us into the cave?  God was the orchestrator of this entire event.  In this cave He has a purpose for us there.  Something we are to learn that we would not learn in posh, easy living, is allowing circumstances to evolve in our lives that pushes us directly towards a downfall and ultimately into a cave for refuge, where we find our God waiting.

This third approach is found in Psalm 57.  As we read the account, which is the crying out to God that David did earlier in this article, although David was in distress and rightly so, he simply would not let himself get angry or depressed…he praised and worshipped God.  David was thankful to God for His deliverance of him.  He thanked God for reaching down out of heaven to save him.  He praised Elohim, our Supreme Faithful Master, for His faithful, loyal love to him.  This kind of reaction to such a dire situation is the healing we men need.  It is the encouragement that springs forth new life to our weary souls.  It is in taking a situation that was so near death and glorifying our God with it that helps us to catch a glimpse of how huge our God really is and little we really are.  Yet, in our tininess, God still stoops down to save His chosen ones. 

Guys, throughout this life, we will find all shapes and sizes of spears hurled at us.  How are we going to react to it?  I have a small tin plaque on my wall in the closet at my home.  On it is a quote from John Wayne “Courage is when you are scared to death and you still saddle up anyway”.  In this cave, gentlemen, we may be scared sometimes.  We may find ourselves trembling a bit from fear.  However, we must force ourselves with the power of the Holy Spirit to turn towards our heavenly Father, cry out to Him for fresh new mercies each morning, and saddle back up to ride another day.  This cave is not our home, guys.  This cave is our university…it is our special place of learning from God Himself through His word.  The cave experience is a place that helps us to bounce back in order to face the enemy that would like to destroy us on a daily basis.  Our families deserve for us to become a caveman for a while.  It is to their benefit we go through these times.  Is it easy?  I should say with a resounding “NO” it is not easy.  I would not pray to go through it again, however, I would not take a million dollars for the education received while in that cave.

As David was in the middle of one of his most life changing, distressing times of his life, he  chose to honor, praise and glorify God.  I want to point out 10 ways David reacted to his disastrous situation.

1. He asked for mercy from God.

2. He took refuge in the shadow of God.

3. He cried out for God to fulfill His purpose in him even in the midst of his trial.

4. He recognized that his salvation comes from God.

5. He praised God for His steadfast and faithful love to him.

6. He puts the attackers and accusers on God’s shoulders.

7. David breaks out in praise and worship to God rather than self-pity or revenge.

8. He sets his mind on the things of God rather than his distressing situation.

9. David stresses the faithfulness and loyal love of God upon him even in this dire event in his life.

10. David trusted in his God-Elohim rather than in his own strengths and ability.

Men, we need to remember something about this entire event…it is not forever.  David did not dwell in this cave forever.  He’s become one of the greatest kings ever.  He was a man after God’s own heart.  He was a fierce warrior in times of war.  He was a great leader for Israel.  However, his caveman experience was necessary so that he would lean hard upon God rather than himself.  We need to learn to do the same.  In our times of horrible distress, we must lean hard upon God, take refuge in the shadow of His wings.  Be eager to grow spiritually in the faith through the word of God.  Be still and know that He is God.  Rather than fighting our situations, whatever they may be, we need to embrace it and seek the light of the glory of God’s face. 

As we are able to see the light at the end of the cave we are in, we will find our lives forever changed.  Hopefully, the change will be a good one.  We are men fighting in the trenches everyday.  We have to fight it seems to provide for our families sometimes at a great sacrifice, but take courage in our Lord, saddle up and face our lives with the assurance that God is with us.  Ride out with praise and honor to our Almighty God and know that no matter the outcome of the situation, God is still great…God is still Almighty…God is still Sovereign…God is still reigning upon His throne.  Nothing we do and nothing we say changes our Adonai.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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True Believers Cannot Lose Their Salvation…!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

Kevin Williams presents a great message on the security of the “true” believers.  He expounds on the fact that not all calling themselves believers are not really “true” believers.

Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.”

-John 6:64-66

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Kevin Williams-True Believers…

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