Which road are you going to take?

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Matthew 6:24

“No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.

When the road divides in two (to the left and to the right), humanly speaking it is impossible to walk in both roads. In God’s eyes that is the same to Him, spiritually speaking you cannot please the Lord with the pleasures of this world through money and at the same time live for Christ because one will overtake the other. You can only have one God, the God of heaven Jesus Christ or the god of this world, (money) which the devil uses to take you away from Jesus. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. Money only gives you momentary joy (fumes that last but a few moments) but joy from the Lord lasts for eternity since only He can fill the void that’s in your heart because only in Him do you find true love. Choose Jesus!

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Rejecting The Truth

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2 Thessalonians 2:10-11

10 and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,

When a person rejects the consistent love that God displays through the Holy Spirit convicting him to repent and believe the truth, God will give him over to his own destruction. The Lord now lets him saturate himself with the sin that has enveloped his heart and mind. Imagine for a moment, seeing a child that is not yours and he is indulging in a buffet of candies with his parents out of sight. You tell the boy that it will hurt him later but the more you tell him the more he eats. All you can do is let him go into his buffet of sugar and stomach pains and eventually the hospital. In the same manner, when we reject Jesus as the truth, we are embracing the lie of Satan. In the end-times Satan will work all kinds of signs and wonders so convincing that without the Holy Spirit in you, you will easily believe it and reserve a one way ticket to hell. Seek the Lord today while He can be found before it is too late.

 

Lying

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Lying by far is one of the worst characteristic that one can have. No other characteristic besides being a murderer is more like Satan than to be a liar since it is considered his native tongue, meaning everything that spews from his mouth is a half truth. To be a consistent liar is to hate truth and without knowing it, hating Jesus as well because He is the Truth. A known liar will never be taken seriously, and will not be entrusted with anything that’s important to someone’s life. The more your life is filled with lies the more you will convince yourself that, that is your reality.

No one can serve two masters. Either he will serve the Truth (Jesus) or the lie (Satan); you cannot partake of both since the Lord will vomit you out. Either you are committed to one or the other, you cannot tell the truth mixed with lies and be pleasing to the Lord. It would be like someone giving you a glass of water with a drop of cyanide, the cup containing 99% of water and 1% of poison. The question is, would you take a drink from the glass of water containing the 1% poison thinking to yourself the potency has been diluted to the point that it is safe to drink? It will still kill you. No amount of truth can cancel the lie that’s in the mix of what you’re saying. A half truth is a whole lie. One who tells a little white lie is as much a liar as the one who lies about everything, choosing to do Satan’s bidding.

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 The Lord hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to Him: 17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, 19 a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.

Proverbs 12:22

Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, but faithful people are His delight.

Psalms 101:7

No one who acts deceitfully will live in my palace; no one who tells lies will remain in my presence.

Colossians 3:9

Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices

1 John 2:4

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

John 8:44

You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars.

Leviticus 19:11

“You must not steal. You must not act deceptively or lie to one another.

Revelation 21:8

But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Anxiety

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Anxiety attacks your body’s health in weakening your immune system, being susceptible to viral infections. In the spiritual world it attacks your faith in Jesus by redirecting your focus away from the promises found in scripture of deliverance to your situation at hand. Satan’s dart of anxiety will poison your faith little by little which will start to die. Anxiety takes away from you any desire to do God’s will and eventually abandonment of the faith in the Lord will take place. Anxiety starves your faith from being put into practice, it starts to weaken and gets very fragile, in doing so any small or big attacks from the enemy will break you to pieces.

God will not use you if you are consistently worrying, for it shows a lack of faith and trust in your part. Without faith no one can please God and anxiety is one of the strongest dart that the devil has to put you in a state of uselessness so that you cannot please God. To combat anxiety as Christians it is done by prayer, petitions and thanksgiving letting God know your situation that He may help you out of it.

Philippians 4:6-7

6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:25

“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.

Philippians 4:13

I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.

Psalms 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Luke 1:37

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Joshua 1:9

Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

7 The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. 8 He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.

Lust: A downward spiral

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A study on lust to help believers on how to overcome it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.

The Lord gives us a promise that He will help us overcome when we are in the midst of a strong temptation.

Psalm 119:9-11

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word. 10 I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands. 11 I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.

The Lord gives us strength to overcome sin or sexual temptation through His Word. The Word of God must be read everyday and applied to one’s life in order to be effective.

Colossians 3:5

5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry

As believers in Jesus Christ, we must put to death sin that easily ensnares us. The Greek word for death is Nek-ro-o which means to deprive of power, destroy the strength of or subdue. One way to put to death sexual sin is to starve the flesh by filling your mind and heart with God’s Word and meditating on it so your inner man is strengthened instead of your outer man.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

3 For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality,4 so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor,5 not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God.

The word sanctification means holiness which basically is to imitate God’s character here on earth so that He alone would receive glory from our lives. Sanctification is God’s will for all believers so that we can be effective for His kingdom.

1 Corinthians 6:18

18 Run from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body.”On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body.

The Greek word for “Run” is “Fyoo-go” which means to flee away, seek safety by flight. Metaph, (to shun or avoid by flight), to be saved by flight, to escape safely out of danger. God will always give you an open door so you may run out of your temptation and into His loving and protecting arms. Not only must one flee from sin mentally but also physically which is against the body, which can possibly lead to a deadly disease.

Jude 1:7

7 In the same way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them committed sexual immorality and practiced perversions, just as angels did, and serve as an example by undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

We see a strong warning how the Lord takes sexual sin seriously. In turn we also must take it seriously and strive to live in holiness according to God’s standards which is found in the Bible.

Hebrews 13:4

4 Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.

We should never forget this verse so when sexual temptation presents itself, we will remember that God’s eyes are on us and we will not escape punishment if we give in to the temptation. Having this mindset will help us to flee.

Ephesians 5:3

3 But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints.

The Greek word for “Proper” is “Prep-o” which means to stand out, to be conspicuous. As Christians, we must live a life that shows God’s character and holiness and not like the world which is immersed in sin. We should stand out not because of our sins but because our life reflects Christ in us. As we try to lead lives in purity (the Holy Spirit being made evident in us) our light shine so we stand out in a good way.

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.

Always fill your mind with things that are pleasing to the Lord and desire to accomplish His will which is revealed in the Bible. Make a habit that when impure thoughts enter your mind, immediately thwart it by thinking about something else that’s not sinful.

2 Corinthians 12:21

21 I fear that when I come my God will again humiliate me in your presence, and I will grieve for many who sinned before and have not repented of the moral impurity, sexual immorality, and promiscuity they practiced.

Remember to always immediately repent and ask Jesus for forgiveness and to help you not to fall into that sin again.

Titus 2:11-13

11 For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, 12 instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Greek word for “Grace” is “Khar-ece which means “favor and especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the person’s life. God has shown us favor by giving us His Words (the Bible) to help us live a life that would bring Him glory and we would benefit from it highly.

Job 31:1

31 I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?

Another way you can run or flee from any type of sin is to make a decision not to gaze for any period of time on any temptation that’s calling you. Quickly look away so that the image will not be seared in your mind to be a temptation and trap at a later time.

In the end, our dependency is in the Lord’s strength through prayer and reading His Word faithfully. If you drift away from these two, your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will get cold. It’s like being in a small boat close to shore and falling asleep without you being aware the current has taken you into deep waters where all the sharks (demons) are at, ready to devour you.

Don’t fall asleep. Always make your relationship with Jesus a priority or else you will drift away from Christ and put yourself in danger.