The World’s Sin

John 16:9 NLT The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in Me.

The world’s sin is not hate, unforgiveness, lust, or pride. The world’s sin is it refuses to believe in Jesus. It refuses to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead so that we can be made righteous.

The sin of the world is what’s sending people to hell. It’s not sex, greed, or hate. It’s the refusal to believe in a risen Savior.

To be made righteous, God’s not asking us to feed 10,000 people or stop enjoying ourselves. He simply asks us to believe.

So, be free from and encourage others to be free from the world’s sin by believing in our Lord and Savior Jesus.

The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise. So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy. -Proverbs 23:24‭-‬25 NLT

Cards, flowers, candy, and clothes are nice gifts for Mother’s day and Father’s day, but the greatest gift we can give our parents is joy. When we honor God with our lives, we give our parents the gift of joy.

When our parents see us prioritizing God, renewing our minds with the word of God, and teaching our children to keep God first, they can experience joy whenever they think of us. This gift keeps on giving and it’s a gift they can receive daily.

Continue to give your parents joy by establishing and deepening your relationship with God.

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!
Acts 16:25-26 NLT

At the beginning of a lot of church services, there’s prayer and praise and worship songs. People may view this as the intro music to the message preached. It’s not.

Prayer and praise are designed for us to connect with God and worship Him for Who He is, what He’s done, and be in expectation of what He’s about to do. It’s not meant for us to look around and find our friends. Even if it’s not our favorite song, we must be intentional about focusing our attention on praying to and praising God.

Like Paul and Silas, our prayer and praise can not only set us free, but it can set free those closest to us. We may suffer from depression, but our praise can cause the spirit of depression to go. We may be consumed with thoughts about our children, but as we pray, our children will be free from whatever they’re facing. We may be dealing with a health issue and our prayer and praise can cause us to experience deliverance. If we need wisdom or an answer in an area, prayer and praise can be the key.

If you’re at home, in the car, or at church, take the opportunity to pray and praise God. It can definitely benefit us.

You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.
Hebrews 5:12 NLT

As believers, when it comes to the word of God, we should be teaching others or being taught. If we’re really focused, we should be learning and teaching the word of God.

At first glance, it looks like a put down for those who still need to be taught, but it’s not. If we still need to be taught the word of God in certain areas, that’s fine. That means our faith and knowledge in those areas are getting stronger.

Eventually, we should transition to teaching others. Don’t hold all of this good information to yourself. Be a vessel for God and teach others what you know. Teaching is not limited to a congregation. We can teach our best friend forgiveness, faith, or unconditional love over the phone.

If we’re being taught it’s a win. If we’re teaching others it’s a win. Let’s be sure we’re not in a position where we’re not being taught or teaching others.

Hebrews 11:1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Faith is acting on what you believe. Whatever God says about us in His word, we need to act like it’s so.

You may not have all the money for the house in the natural, but in the spirit, we’re extremely rich. Jesus became poor so that we can be rich according to 2 Corinthians 8:9, so act like you have all the money. Go talk to realtors, builders, and tour houses with the mindset of “I can buy this right now” versus the “I don’t have the money” mindset.

You may not feel well, but act like it because God says we’re healed (1 Peter 2:24). We don’t deny the pain. We ignore it. As God leads and only as God leads, do something to rebel against the pain. If you have to walk with a limp, attempt to walk without a limp while declaring “I am healed.”

If your marriage is rocky, act like it’s wonderful because God says He’ll give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). How do we do that? Instead of telling everyone how bad it is, start declaring that it’s wonderful.

As we use our faith, obey God’s instructions in that area, and act like it’s so, things somehow will begin to position themselves so that it can be naturally obtained. Actual finances will begin to come in our lives so that we can obtain that house. Pain and symptoms will eventually leave us. Our marriage will actually become wonderful.

You won’t know how it will happen, but somehow it will. Let’s use our faith to manifest the things we desire.

Matthew 27:50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart,

The first thing God did when Jesus fulfilled the payment for all sin was tear the veil from top to bottom. God tearing the veil of the Holy of Holies is significant in that it symbolizes that God’s presence was now open to all people and not just the High Priest. It was that important for God to reconnect with all of mankind until He prioritized tearing the veil first.

Still to this day, there are people who feel uncomfortable with talking to God for themselves. They feel like God hears a priest or a popular Christian more than them. Having this mentality is disrespectful to the sacrifice of Jesus. He went through hell so that we all can personally talk to God for ourselves.

If you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, you have just as much access to God as the Pope, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, or any other pastor with a large following. Even if you’re fresh off of sinning, you still have total access to approach God and bathe in His grace and mercy and request your needs and desires. It’s not our sacrifice or righteousness He sees. It’s the sacrifice or the righteousness of Jesus.

Psalm 91:14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.

When people think about God’s protection, most people have a one dimensional approach to it. They think God not allowing any negative event happening to them ever again. That sounds nice, but that’s not scriptural. There are 4 types of protection.

Protection 1
Protection from danger. God stopping things before they happen. We see this in Daniel 6:22 when God sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths. This is the protection we like and expect from God, but that’s not His only way of protection.

Protection 2
Protection from the effects of danger. We see this in Daniel 3:26-27 where Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego went in the fire (danger), but the fire didn’t hurt them. We hear about this when a car flips over 5 times and the person comes out without a scratch.

Protection 3
Deliverance. Psalm 34:19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Although we go through negative circumstances, God provides protection through deliverance.

Protection 4
Life-preserving protection. No weapon formed against you shall prosper…Isaiah 54:17. Negative events such as car accidents or sicknesses may come, but ultimately, they’re not going to kill us.

We must believe and have faith in all the forms of God’s protection. If we don’t understand that there are more than one type of protection from God, we’ll get mad at Him when we face difficulties and we’ll doubt His abilities. That doubt will poison our faith in God. And without faith, we cannot please God or obtain His promises.

Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. -Proverbs 23:17

When we see sinners having the money, cars, houses, and family, it can be a little bit of a let down. We’re doing our part by disciplining our flesh, but it seems like the sinner has what we want.

During these times, we can’t be consumed with getting things. If our goal is to get things, it will be more of a temptation to envy and act like the world. If our goal is to have a relationship with and please God, He’ll show us how to get those things without compromising our integrity or extreme effort. He’ll show us how to enjoy life, maintain peace, and be a blessing to others.

The unrighteous may have all of this excess, but its been proven a lot of them are unhappy. Keep focused on God instead of what the next man has. He’ll show us how to obtain our desires and remain holy.

Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. -2 Peter 1:12 NLT

There are a lot of things we know in the bible, but we often should be reminded of certain things in order to enjoy this life Jesus died for. We also should remind someone else.

Here are some things we should be reminded of…

  1. Our words have power (Proverbs 18:21). We sometimes can forget that our words have power. They have the power to create or destroy things in our life. So, speak life to create the life you want to experience.
  2. Forgive (Mark 11:25). Forgiveness doesn’t benefit someone else. It helps us. It gets rid of all the clutter we have so we can focus on what God called us to do.
  3. Be led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). It’s not our logic, our feelings, or the opinion of another. It’s the Holy Spirit Who should be leading our lives and making the first and final decision in every aspect of our lives.

These are just a few things that can help us along the way. Continue to read God’s word to remind yourself and others on how to live an abundant life.

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” -Genesis 22:2 NKJV

Abraham was asked to sacrifice something he loved and waited a long time to receive. We may be asked to give up something we love or truly desire. God may ask us to sow a financial offering from money we were saving for a new car. He may tell us to quit a comfortable job. He may tell us to move from everyone we know and love. The question is, do you trust Him?

And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” -Genesis 22:12

Although Abraham didn’t physically sacrifice his son, he already made up in his mind he was going to obey God and sacrifice. Whatever God requests of us, we need to move beyond our logic and feelings and mentally prepare ourselves to make that sacrifice.

and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” -Genesis 22:16‭-‬18

Because Abraham was prepared to sacrifice a precious offering to the Lord, he positioned himself to receive blessings from God. As we trust God to the point where we make a sacrifice, we position ourselves to receive His promises. When God asks us to do a hard thing, He’s not trying to take something from us. He’s trying to get something to us. When we truly understand the heart of God and that everything works for our advantage, we’ll take a deep breath and obey God. So, how much do you trust God?

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. -Jeremiah 17:7‭-‬8 NLT

When we place and keep our trust, hope, and confidence in the Lord, the blessing is able to operate in our lives.

Part of that blessing operating in our lives is being like an unmovable ever-producing tree. When situations get tense, we’re not fazed. The outcome may be uncertain, but we’re not worried. And regardless of what’s going on in the world, we’re able to prosper.

Deep down in our hearts, we know God is able to better our situation. We just have to place and keep our trust, hope and confidence in the Lord.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus gives us (every born-again believer) a command. We are to make disciples and teach them.

So many times, the church as a whole, invites people to get saved, but they don’t have anything to make these new Christians disciples. Just because a person gets saved doesn’t automatically make them disciples. As we can see, they must be taught.

Some people have a violent background, come from an abusive situation, or have been abandoned and we (Christians in general) expect them to live a holy life without being discipled. That’s unfair.

We have been called to disciple and teach our brother and sister. That means encourage them, pray with them, and teach them the bible in context. As they become disciples, eventually they’ll disciple and teach someone else.

Don’t neglect your duty to be a disciple and make disciples.

Inspired by Charles Stevenson

“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Luke 17:26‭-‬27‭, ‬30 NLT

When Jesus returns, people will be taking out the trash, brushing their teeth, getting over a hangover, or washing their clothes. When He returns, some people will be living honorably and some people will be acting foolishly.

Jesus is returning. We don’t know when, but He’s returning. Believers have been saying this for years. We’ve been saying this for so long until people are doubting His return or don’t believe in Him altogether. That’s a trick of the enemy. He’s using delay to get people to doubt.

Trust and believe He’s coming back. And when He returns, make sure you’re honoring Him with your life.

“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Luke 17:14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

  1. The lepers asked for help from Jesus.
  2. Without any physical evidence of their healing, they were instructed to do an illogical thing and show themselves to the priests.
  3. As they followed illogical instructions, they were cleansed.
    Note: Showing themselves to a priest was a sign that they were healed and it meant they could be reinstated into society. Before they followed instructions, they still had leprosy.

To get our desires, of course we must believe. As we believe, God may have us do something extremely illogical. He may have us go through the house buying process knowing we don’t have the money for it. He may have us move a body part knowing we just experienced pain in that body part. He may have us get off of social media and dating websites to obtain a spouse.

Regardless of His instructions, as we obey, things will begin to fall in place. Some how, some way God will put pieces together to manifest our desires.

Don’t tune it out just because it’s illogical. Follow His unusual instructions. He forewarned us by saying, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”-Isaiah 55:8-9.

Their descendants will be recognized and honored among the nations. Everyone will realize that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
Isaiah 61:9

When we come into the Kingdom of God, we become the people of the Lord or children of God. As children of God, there are special privileges we have. One of those privileges is recognition. Some people call this favor.

When we enter a room, start a new job, or meet people for the first time, there should be “something different” about us. They may not know what it is, but there should be a peace or joy surrounding us. What they can’t describe is the blessing on our lives.

We have to know and believe in this blessing ourselves. We can’t walk into a room thinking we’re ugly, unqualified, not special, or unworthy. We must know the blessing is on our lives and because of this we’ll experience recognition, preferential treatment, and opportunities we didn’t have to work for.

Let’s have a confidence about ourselves because of this blessing and expect favor in every area of our lives.

Galatians 3:14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Through Christ Jesus, the blessing of Abraham is on our lives. We’re not blessed because we have a lot of stuff. We’re blessed because the word of God says we’re blessed.

We may not have all the money we want, but we’re blessed. We may not have a great marriage now or a marriage at all, but we’re blessed. Our health may not be at its best, but we’re blessed.

The blessing works through faith. Faith works by belief and confession. We must believe we’re blessed and confess we’re blessed. Look at those low finances, problematic marriage, or any other negative thing, and say “I’m blessed.” They may be treating you poorly at work but say, “I’m blessed.”

Through our belief and confession of the blessing operating within us, our lives will eventually line up with what we desire. Any negative thing we’re experiencing HAS TO improve. It’s a guarantee.

Believe in the blessing and tell yourself and anyone else, you’re blessed.

Proverbs 16:3 NLT Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

Do you have big dreams and goals you want to accomplish? Well, commit your actions to the Lord and those dreams will come to fruition.

Committing our actions to the Lord simply means doing things God’s way. If He said it in His word, in the new covenant, in context, do it. If He said to love, forgive, or cheerfully give, that’s what we should do. It also means being led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to purchase something, where to go, and how to respond.

Don’t go through life making decisions based on how you feel or logic. Do things God’s way and EVERYTHING you desire will come to pass.

Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

The scripture tells us to imitate God. To do that, we have look through the scriptures to know the heart of God and the actions of God.

The heart of God is love (1 John 4:8). God is love. All He knows is love. As imitators of God, we are called to love. We don’t only love when we feel like it or when someone loves us back. We make the decision to love because we’re imitators of our Father.

God calls those things that be not as though they were (Rom. 4:17). Since God believes that His words have the power to change situations as it pleases Him (in Genesis) and we have power in our words, according to Proverbs 18:21, we can change our world with our words.

God forgives (1 John 2:12). God has forgiven everything we’ve done wrong because of Jesus’ sacrifice. We too can forgive our brother or sister who has wronged us. We’re not above God where we can’t forgive. If He can forgive, we can too.

These are just a few ways we can and should be imitating God. Look through the scriptures to see others ways we can imitate God.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (AMP) for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—

When a loved one doesn’t feel well, don’t keep staring at them, especially if they have a look of pain or sorrow. Continuing to look at them, feeling sorry for them, is counterproductive to our faith. If both of you believe God’s word, both of you should know we’re healed (1 Pet. 2:24). If you’re going to look, look at them as if they are their healthy selves.

The same goes with our finances. If we have more bills than money, it does us no good to stare at our checking account. That’s walking by sight. Look to God’s word where it says all our needs are met (Phil. 4:19).

This also applies to our children’s behavior or grades, marriage issues, or other desires. If we focus on what’s wrong, we’ll never have the faith to obtain God’s best.

Let’s not be moved by what we see in the natural. Be moved by the word of God.

Luke 17:3‭-‬6 NKJV Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

In order for us to forgive someone who has severely hurt us, it’s going to require faith. We may not feel like we can forgive them, and that may be true in our own strength, but by faith we can forgive.

Jesus illustrates how to apply our faith to forgiveness using the mulberry tree. The tree represents unforgivness. Once we identify unforgiveness within us, using the belief in our hearts and the power in our words, we can say to unforgiveness, ‘be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. In other words, we’re telling unforgiveness to leave our souls.

In order for us to get this mustard seed sized faith to forgive, it requires hearing the word of God on forgiveness. Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). The more we hear on forgiveness, the more we’ll want to forgive and the stronger our faith becomes to forgive.

Let’s not live with bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts. It’s only negatively impacting our lives and limiting what God can do in our lives (Mark 11:22-26). Use faith to forgive.

Inspired by Charles Capps

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