Today's subjects is: Shame; Lying; Slander & Reproach; Anger; Guilt; Enemies; Prisoners; Loneliness; Worry; Pride. As you can see, these are all on sins that we must avoid.
Shame: Romans 10:11: "For the Scripture says, 'Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." This is simple, believe in Him, He will take care of you, and you not have to worry about living in shame. Of course believing is following His word. Charles Stanley put it this way: "God never offers salvation to someone and then pulls the rug out from under him when he tried to accept the gracious offer."
Lying: Colossians 3:9-10: "9Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him."
Slander & Reproach: Matthew 5:11-12: "11Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Definition of revile: verb, -viled, -vil⋅ing.
–verb (used with object)
to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.–verb (used without object)
to speak abusively.
This is saying that we must re-fraining from talking bad of others, and treating poorly. God wants us to be like Him. You will never hear Him going around calling people names and chastising them.
Anger: Psalms 145:8: "The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. Slow to anger and great in mercy." Remember we spoke of mercy yesterday. He is an all merciful God. We too must follow Him and be slow to anger. Anger solves nothing, but instead causes more grief.
Guilt: 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." How cool is that! What a loving forgiving God we have. If we do not confess, we carry the guilt with us the whole time. That's not at all healthy. This is also a promise for Salvation through Christ. With it also being a promise of Christ for Salvation.
Enemies: Psalm 37:40: "And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them. Because they trust in Him." When we put out faith in the Lord, He is going to ward off the enemies for us. When the enemy attacks, He will "deliver" us from the enemy! And of course, faith and belief play a big role here as well.
Prisoners: Isaiah 49:25: "But thus says the Lord; 'Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with you." Is this a nice promise or what? God is all loving!
Loneliness: John 14:18: "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." We will never have to worry about being alone in Christ. He is always there for us no matter what. Even when we push Him away, He is right there waiting for us. I know, I've done the walking away and He was right there to take me back in His loving arms! He told me, "Child, I'm happy to see you have returned. I never left you. I was right here waiting for you to return. I carried you when you were struggling." He is so faithful.
Worry: Philippians 4:6-7: "6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Here again, belief and faith is needed in order to keep from worrying. Don't worry.
Pride: Proverbs 16:18: "How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver." I can still remember an old adage; "Pride goeth before the fall." Pride is a sin. One should not be boastful. We should always humble ourselves before the Lord.
Well, this is it for today. See you tomorrow with a whole new set of topics. Until then...