Posts Tagged ‘sin’

Sin Leads to Disaster

May 31, 2014

Sin Leads to Disaster

 

2 Samuel 13:1: David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar. And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her.

 

Have you ever wanted something that was forbidden?

 

Maybe it was love relationship with a relative.

 

Perhaps it was a stamp for a collection that a friend had, but wouldn’t sell to you.

 

People desire things like jewelry that might be too expensive, or clothing that is a little too flashy, or a car that would drain your bank account.

 

Forbidden things can take many forms. In David’s kingdom, he had a son Amnon who wanted to marry a half-sister, Tamar. Normally, marrying someone in your own family was forbidden. But Amnon figured out a way to get what he wanted by force. It was a horrible sin.

 

King David did nothing about it. But another son, Absalom, who was Tamar’s brother, conspired to kill Amnon. It seemed like disaster after disaster happened to David’s family during that time.

 

Why did such bad things happen? Because David himself had sinned with Bathsheba. God judged David and warned him that there would be consequences for his disobedience. David’s kingdom suffered many problems after that.

 

Sin always has consequences. When we sin, God responds by disciplining us with problems and trouble. Are you about to sin? Think! It could lead to disaster!

 

Prayer: Jesus, keep me from sin. I don’t want to go through what David did. Amen.

Talking to Demons

May 24, 2014

Talking to Demons

 

1 Samuel 28:7: Saul then said to his advisers, “Find a woman who is a medium, so Ican go and ask her what to do.”

 

Mrs. Gibbs was one strange woman, Jesse thought. He didn’t know how to respond to her.

 

Mrs. Gibbs, Jesse’s neighbor, believed she had a spirit guide named Yunga. She talked about Yunga all the time, the things he had told her, the ideas he passed on about life, friendship, death and other things. She said that she was “channeling” Yunga now. That meant he could take control of her at times and speak through her.

 

Jesse didn’t know what to make of it. Was the lady nuts?

 

New Age ideas have filtered into our culture. Many people believe in such things as “spirit guides,” “channeling” and other practices. What these really are, though, are demonic influences. Yunga may say he’s from the planet Zorg, but he’s really a demon bent on getting a foothold in the lives of open people.

 

When King Saul consulted a medium in the Bible story for today, great danger lurked. God had mercy on Saul and sent Samuel from the dead to speak to him. But Saul’s act was rank disobedience. He ended up dying for his sin.

 

Talking to demons, whatever way you try it, is filled with danger. Run from people who do that as fast as you can. They will try to snare you, too.

 

Prayer: Lord, keep me from the power of demons. Amen.

Worshiping An Idol

May 12, 2014

Worshiping An Idol

 

Exodus 32:4: Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it and tooled it into the shape of a calf. The people exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!”

 

Carly’s house had more souvenirs posters than any of her friends. All of them were about one person: Elvis. There was one of Elvis standing by a car. Another of his face, huge and smiling, right in the middle. Over on another wall, one of him strumming a guitar. Little figurines of him and his wife. A lamp with his face on it. And also signed photos worth many dollars.

 

She had something about Elvis for just about every occasion, including salt-shakers, dinner plates, and glasses. When she stepped into her house each day after work, Elvis’s songs came on. She felt close and loved by him, even though she’d never met him.

 

What was Carly’s problem? Some people like Carly very nearly worship the idols they find in the music world, movie world, TV world and so on.

 

An idol can be anything. In Hebrew times it was an actual sculpture or image. In our days, it could be money, popularity, pleasure, a movie hero or something else that catches our attention. How do you know if something in your life has become an idol? By how much you think about that thing or person. By how much you spend on buying stuff related to them.

 

Have you fallen prey to an idol? Turn back to God and tell him you want to give him first place in your life.

 

Prayer: Father, remove the idols from