Bad times for a friend.

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Today I heard from a friend that, despite what I had heard they were saying, I knew things were not as fantastic as they would lead people to believe, and my friend is facing a very difficult personal time. What they thought was to be a good time, with things going according to some plan, suddenly turned bad. I have had significant concerns for their wellness (physical, emotional, spiritual) and while I wish they weren’t facing such trying times, it appears my worries were obviously valid considering what I learned from them today. In some prior posts, I had mentioned about feeling a sense of concern or dread and had been praying for them.  I am hopeful that the Lord is gracious and merciful and answers the prayers and delivers them from the situation. Of course any deliverance requires effort and sacrifice on their part and I hope pride doesn’t keep them from doing what they must do and result in further problems.

Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6

I worry further that they have hardened their hearts and will continue down the path they are on and ignore the message He is trying to send.

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.
14 Happy [is] the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Proverbs 28:13-14

Another question that occurs is if this is God’s way of punishing people? Is He not only allowing, but sending to them, the hardships they now encounter? If they had done right all along would the situation be occurring? If they sorely His forgiveness will He stop the hard times they are facing? Even if they do ask forgiveness but don’t walk away from a sinful situation will He still allow them to suffer until they do turn away from those things? I don’t speak about my friend or anyone in particular but rather any and all of us who have sinned. We all have sinned and we personally and Christ know how we did so. Is asking forgiveness enough to stop the consequences of ones sins? Or, is there still a price to pay until we truly and completely repent and turn our backs on all things associated with our sins?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Yes, He will forgive our sins, He promises that in many places and God is faithful and keeps His promises to us. But, we have an obligation to not only confess our sins, but to repent as well. Forgiveness is for past sins, but failing to repent keeps us from God. Asking for forgiveness, then returning to the same sins, or to other sins intentionally is blasphemous to God.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Hebrews 10:26-27

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.  John 5:14

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  John 8:11

In order to serve Christ and have salvation, we must confess our sins and repent, turn our back on sin and not sin further. Not doing all three will not give us true salvation. Thinking we can sin, then confess, then go sin again, confess again, again and again, is not what He teaches us. He teaches us to turn away from sin as part of repentance.

I still don’t know if hard times that come upon people are punishment from God for those who call themselves Christians, but continue to sin. But, I think that is the case, but more than punishment, I think it is God trying to teach us and get us to do as He wishes.

 

Lord, I praise You for the forgiveness, grace and mercy You give and for the salvation from those blessings. In Jesus name I pray for my friend, that You give them the wisdom to know what to do, give them comfort and peace during trying times. Give them the strength: Physical, emotional and spiritual, to face the challenges ahead. If these times are being used by You to teach them and draw them to You and show them they must turn their back on sin I pray that they see and know and that their heart isn’t hardened. I pray that whatever hardships are encountered are not as difficult as they could be and that Your will be done in their life.

I ask that You work in my heart to keep me in the path that You plan for me and give me the strength and wisdom as You walk with me through life.

Amen

I appreciate those who stop by and hope all have a blessed day and while doing so, somehow are blessings to someone else.

 

 

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The new sins?

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I was on social media earlier and saw the link below (okay, I hope it is a link, but you may need to cut and paste) but so much on social media, online in general that we have new sins, well, not really new sins, just new, more advanced ways to sin.

 

https://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/10-online-sins-we-re-all-aPridepparently-okay-with.html?utm_source=fbad&utm_campaign=CW+Boosted+Post+-+%2Fslideshows%2F10-online-sins-we-re-all-apparently-okay-with.html-lal&utm_medium=fbad&utm_term=paid

It’s an interesting read, so I would recommend all take a couple minutes to read through the article. But, for those that just want the low down, here is the list and the scripture they quote for each:

  1. Indulgence: But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 1 Timothy 5:6 (NIV)
  2. Materialism: Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 1 John 2:15 )(NIV)
  3. Pride: 23 This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,
    24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV) 
  4. Slander: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
  5. Quarreling: It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,but every fool is quick to quarrel. Proverbs 20:3 (NIV)
  6. Vanity: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philipians 2:3-4  (NIV)
  7. Discontentment: I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  Philipians 4:11 (NIV)
  8. Hypocrisy: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” Matthew 23: (NIV)
  9. Hatred: 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:43-45(NIV)
  10. Jealousy: For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16 (NIV)

I wish I could say I had never been guilty of any of them, but, some I have, some I have not. Some, I probably did and didn’t realize: Slander-calling someone a jerk or such, maybe true, maybe not. Quarreling? No, I haven’t really done that online, but boy have I had some try to draw me into an argument on social media. Jealousy, Yeah, but not to horrible extent, but possibly wishing I had the car, house, etc but not as bad as a lot. Some of the others, probably most to at least a small extent. Most of us probably are at least a little guilty of all of them and some are REALLY guilty of some but barely guilty of others. Yet, I wonder how many adapt an online persona that is different than their true selves. Some get very brash, hostile, aggressive, or any other way you would like to say, because the internet allows a certain amount of insulation from our actions and other times, anonymity. Even if we know a person not looking them in the eye or even speaking on the phone, our actions can be very different than in person. I have had some seriously attack me via text, chat, email, and such, but they are afraid to speak directly too me anywhere near the way they do when the conversation is electronic.

A lot of the ways, I would suspect most don’t initially think about some of the things listed as sinning. Some are subtle, and I can easily see myself thinking, well, it isn’t a real sin, since its online. But, as the author of that article points out, it is sinning to be sure. So many ways that it is far easier to sin than we realize.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name, I ask that You help me avoid any of these sins, and other sins, forgive me any of my failures and I pray that those I have sinned against forgive me as I have forgiven any who have done me wrong. I pray in Jesus Name that You work in me and give me the help I need to better serve You. Please draw loved ones nearer to You and those that are sinning, show them their sins so they are convicted and find their way to forgiveness from You through Your Son Christ. Teach us all how to be the Christians that You wish for us to become.

Amen

 

Thanks for your time, I do suggest you read the article. Have a blessed day, and try to be a blessing to others.