Category: Sinful Lifestyles

How to Overcome Habitual Sin

 

There’s a proverb that says: Sow a thought & you reap an action; Sow an action & you reap a habit; Sow a habit & you reap a character; Sow a character & you reap a destiny.

What this proverb teaches us is that our thoughts have power to eventually influence our destiny. We are a product of what we think and believe.
Therefore our thoughts and habits have the power to shape who we are and where we go in life.

Now as a Christian sometimes you might find yourself struggling constantly with overcoming particular habitual sins. Even though you’re born again & have given your life to Christ, you find yourself constantly struggling with particular sins that seem to be a stronghold in your life.
Perhaps you have a lust problem; maybe you have a drug or alcohol problem; or maybe you’re struggling with having a short temper.
Therefore the question is – how do you deal with habitual sin in your life and how do you walk free from the bondage?

Here are the following 4 things you could do to overcome habitual sin:

1. Meditate on God’s Word Concerning the Specific Area
Psalms 119:11 says “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I may not sin against You”.
In the area of sin that we are struggling we need to meditate on God’s word and what the Bible may say about that area of sin in relation to overcoming the sin.
Even Jesus Christ had the Scriptures hidden in His heart to the point that in the face of temptation from the devil, Jesus was able to overcome temptation by using the Scriptures to overcome Satan’s temptations. Therefore Christ avoided sinning because the word of God was hidden in His heart.
The meditation of God’s word is therefore an important factor in overcoming habitual sin.

2. You Need to Draw Near to God
How do you draw near to God? We draw near to God through prayer & submitting to Him and His word. When you’re bound by habitual sin – you kind of feel like a slave and you find yourself submitting to the sin instead of submitting to God.
James 4:7-8 says “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”
Therefore drawing near to God gives us the strength to overcome sin. James 4:7-8 encourages us to submit to God and then the devil will flee. Furthermore the scripture also says that if we draw near to God, then He will draw near to us.

3. Be Led By The Holy Spirit & Not By Your Flesh
Galatians 5:16 says “I say then: Walk by the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”.
Whenever we submit to habitual sin – it’s because we’ve allowed the lust of the flesh to influence us and so scriptures encourage us to always be filled and led by the Holy Spirit.
The characteristics of the flesh are mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 and include the following: “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like”.
Therefore it’s only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to overcome the lust of the flesh and habitual sins in our life.

4. Be Motivated by the Love of God
Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments”.
Therefore our motivation for obeying God and overcoming sin must be to love God and hate the sin. The more we love God then the more we will overcome habitual sin in our life.
Love must be a motivator for all that we do in our life. Love reveals the character of God because God is love.

 

ARE YOU A NON-CHRISTIAN WHO IS STRUGGLING WITH SIN IN YOUR LIFE?
Are you a person who is NOT a Christian and you find yourself struggling with sin? Do you find yourself to be a slave to wrongful pleasures and find yourself unable to break free?
The Bible says that God loves us that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16); The Bible also says that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and without Jesus Christ in our life we will be destined for hell (Romans 6:23).
The only way we can ultimately overcome the power of sin is by becoming a born again Christian because Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins by being crucified on the cross. Jesus paid the debt of sin that we should have paid.
Believing & accepting Jesus Christ in your life transforms you into not only a creation of God but it most importantly makes you a member of the family of God (John 1:12).
From the moment that you become a Christian, God will then begin to gradually transform your life and your character so that you conform into the nature of Christ.
Salvation is a free gift. You are saved by grace and not by your own effort or ability (Ephesians 2:8,9).

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “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). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What’s Wrong with Pornography?

When we look at the general Internet pornography statistics alone you will discover the following information:

• 28000 users are watching pornography on the Internet EVERY SECOND
• More than 1 billion users watch pornography on the Internet EVERY DAY
• 2.5 billion emails that are sent or received EVERY DAY contain pornography

Below are some problems that are associated with pornography

1. PORNOGRAPHY AFFECTS YOUR BRAIN & THINKING
Pornography is addictive and according to both scientists and psychologists, pornography can rewire and weaken your brain. The fact that pornography is addictive in nature is evidence that it has an effect on an individual’s pattern of thinking. Pornography also weakens your ability to practice self-control due to its addictive nature and therefore weakens your will-power.

2. PORNOGRAPHY AFFECTS YOUR VIEW OF THE OPPOSITE SEX
Pornography causes people to objectify the opposite sex. Men objectify women and women objectify men. The opposite sex is constantly viewed in a lustful and sensual way by people who are addicted to porn. Therefore, instead of viewing people in a respectful way and with respectful thoughts, people who consume porn tend to view others with secret sexual thoughts. All people are meant to be viewed and respected as people who are made in God’s image.

3. PORNOGRAPHY AFFECTS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
If you are married, porn creates unrealistic expectations that will leave you empty and unfulfilled with your spouse. Even single people are affected because pornography distorts the true value and meaning of a loving relationship between 2 people.

4. PORNOGRAPHY AFFECTS YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
Pornography depraves your soul. Pornographic images have the effect of branding your soul and conscience and the images can remain with you for months and years.
It’s therefore important to understand the negative effects of watching pornography and the long term effects it has on one’s relationships.
God’s word forbids us from lusting and from thinking patterns that are unhealthy in nature.

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

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How Do We Deal With Racism?

What is racism and how do we deal with racism?
If you think about it – nobody who was born, asked to be born black, white or brown. None of us asked to be born African, Caucasian, Jewish or Arab. Neither did we ask to be born within a specific nation of our own choosing and to be born at a specific year of our own choice.
When we were born – we were born – and we had no choice or control pertaining to which family we were going to be born in and which ethnicity we would be a part of.

So, do black lives matter? Do white lives matter? Or – do all lives matter?
What is the best viewpoint on the matter of racism?

In order to understand the monster called racism we need to view this issue purely from a spiritual or Biblical viewpoint.

 

Biblical Viewpoint of Races
From a Biblical viewpoint, there is just ONE race among mankind – the HUMAN RACE. Therefore in God’s eyes there is no other race of people but the human race.
The entire human race came from ONE couple – Adam & Eve (Genesis 1, Genesis 2).
Both Adam & Eve could neither be classified as being African, Caucasian or even Asian. However every human being who lives and has lived on the earth has directly and biologically come from Adam & Eve.
Being African, Caucasian, Indian, Asian, Arab, or Jewish are not classifications of different races but they are different ethnicities of the human race.
All human beings have been created in the image of God regardless of ethnicity (Genesis 1:26-27).
All human beings are loved the same by God regardless of ethnicity such that His redemption plan includes the entire human race (John 3:16).
God is impartial. He does not show favoritism to anybody regardless of their ethnicity. God sees all people regardless of their ethnicity as being the same hence His impartiality (Romans 2:11).

 

Worldly / Secular Viewpoint of Races
Unfortunately the secular worldview is to subdivide people according to their ethnic background and this is where the demon of racism begins to appear.
These subdivisions have created false philosophies, false opinions, false assumptions & false conclusions that certain “races” or ethnic groups are better than others. This perception of one ethnic group being superior or better than another is the root, cause & definition of racism.
The worldly viewpoint sees certain ethnic groups of people as being more superior to others.
The worldly viewpoint sees certain ethnic groups of people as being more evolved than others.
The worldly viewpoint sees certain ethnic groups of people as being more pure blooded than others.
This is the ugly face of racism which has resulted in strife, wars, unfairness, disputes and destruction of lives, families and society.
The spirit of racism doesn’t embrace people’s differences – it loathes them.

Racism first begins in the mind and then reveals itself through a spirit of partiality as one negatively treats others who have a different ethnic background.

 

How Do We Deal With Racism?
The truth is this: It’s not only white people who are racist. Even black people can be racist. Anybody can be a racist. The issue of prejudice begins inside individual hearts and then like a cancer spreads into a grouping of people fighting against another group.
Racism therefore must be dealt with at mind level, starting with how we individually perceive people who are of a different ethnic background.

Racism can be dealt with through perceiving & applying the following life applications:

1. Every human being originated from ONE couple – Adam and Eve. Therefore there is only ONE race – that is the HUMAN race
2. All human beings are made in the image of God. Therefore there is no human being who is superior to another human being
3. God loves us all the same. He is does not show favoritism. Therefore when we have a racial attitude towards others then we are portraying an evil attitude towards someone who God loves and whom God created in His own image.
4. Nobody had a choice or any control into which ethnic background they would be born in or become a part of. Our birth wasn’t our choice – but it was God’s choice. Therefore no one has any right to prejudice somebody based on the colour of their skin.
5. As people we need to learn to love one another and to walk in love. Whatever we do should be under the motivation of love for God and love for our fellow man (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).

John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Is It Okay To Be Transgender?

Is it okay to be a transgender? Can somebody be born with the wrong gender? Why is the transgender topic becoming a headline issue in certain countries?

What is Transgender?
A Transgender is a person whose gender differs from the one they were given when they were born. For example, a person who was born a male may later decide to transition to become a female. Such a transition may include change of style of dress; change of name; and also change of physical appearance through surgery and hormone medication.
Such transitions will of course have a spiritual, emotional, psychological and social consequence on the transgender person.

How Many Genders Exist?
The Bible tells us clearly that there are only 2 genders among humans. They are male and female.
Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them”.
Genesis 5:2 also says “He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created”.
Therefore God only recognizes mankind as either male or female and not transgender.
When God created mankind, God saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31). Therefore when God created mankind as male and female He did not make a mistake to create only 2 genders.

Should People Change Their Genders?
Should people who are born with a particular gender, change their gender?
The answer is NO.
A person should not change his or her gender. God did not make a mistake when you were born with your particular gender. In each of our lives, God has a reason why we are either born male or born female.
God’s word is clear regarding the issue of homosexuality and being transgender
Romans 1:26-27 says “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due”.
Deuteronomy 22:5 says “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God”.

What Are The Causes For Why People Change Their Genders?
Some men say they feel like a woman who is trapped in a man’s body. Some women feel like they are a man trapped in a woman’s body.
Is this really true? How important are these feelings when making a life choice in relation to becoming a transgender?
These type of feelings should never be trusted. The cause of such feelings can be due to poor self-esteem, past emotional abuse, past sexual abuse and even inappropriate conditioning of the mind pertaining to one’s own gender. For example, as a boy grows up, he might be conditioned to identify more with people of the opposite sex.
Gender identity is a developmental issue, and it starts at birth. As a child grows, is his true gender being affirmed; has this child grown to hate his own gender due to emotional or sexual abuse; does this child have a good role model who can help him grow and embrace the gender that he was born with?
There is no evidence that a person is born as a transgender just as there is no evidence that a person is born a homosexual.
Becoming transgender is a choice that is caused by inappropriate beliefs or wrong thinking about gender.
Our thinking and beliefs should be Biblical and godly. When we believe the word of God in an area in our life, we allow God to condition our minds to think as He thinks in that particular issue in our life.
We must understand that in God’s eyes there are only 2 genders: male and female.
We are all born either male or female and it is never a mistake.
The transgender issue reflects confusion about one’s gender and not necessarily insight. The transgender person is confused regarding their identity as a person and as a gender.

How Can A Person Stop Identifying As Transgender?
The biblical view is that God’s intent for every male is to grow into masculinity, and for every female to grow into femininity. There is no person who is born with the wrong gender.
To stop identifying with being transgender, one must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He must experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ in his/her life.
Therefore one must become genuinely born again by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour (John 1:12).
Without God working in our life, we cannot fully embrace the way that God has made us. When we have God in us we stop becoming self-conscious but we become God-conscious.
Our identity should be in Jesus Christ and not in how we feel. We should not be governed by our emotions alone but we must be governed by the living word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God can help transgender people to deal with their confusion and to deal with the deep-rooted emotional and spiritual issues that has caused them to think incorrectly about their genders.

 

Should We Consult Horoscopes?

Should we consult horoscopes? Are we supposed to read our horoscopes and believe them? A horoscope is defined as a forecast of a person’s future, typically including a depiction of character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth.
Therefore one of the purposes of horoscopes is to attempt to forecast the future and to gain insight into future events that may or may not happen in one’s personal life.
Another purpose of horoscopes is to perceive a person’s personality or character traits based on that person’s time of birth and zodiac sign.
Most people who consult their horoscope end up receiving instruction on how to live their life or what decisions to make based on the astrological chart or readings they have received.

There is no doubt that many people of different backgrounds and religions regularly consult horoscopes and believe that the answers to life’s issues and questions are found in the stars and planets.
However, should Christians consult horoscopes? Should we believe in astrology as the answer to our future? What does the Bible say about horoscopes?

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NKJV
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.

Isaiah 47:13-14 NKJV
You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers,
And the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame; It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, Nor a fire to sit before!

Astrology and horoscopes are a form of divination. Divination is a method of forecasting the future without the participation or power of God. Divination is therefore a demonic method of attempting to foretell the future. It is forbidden by God (Leviticus 19:26) and in many cases there is a demonic spirit of divination (Acts 16:16) that is involved in this practice.

God does not want us to consult astrologers and horoscopes. He wants us to consult Him and to trust in Him for our future (Proverbs 3:5-6). Divination only leads to fear, anxiety and a lack of trust in God who holds your life & future in His hands. Horoscopes lead people away from God because they are demonically inspired (1 Timothy 4:1). Horoscopes therefore shift people’s faith away from God and away from the Bible which is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God’s will and plan for our lives cannot be found in astrology or by reading horoscopes. We can only find out God’s plan for our lives through meditating the Scriptures (Psalms 1:1-3) and by having a trusting, personal and prayerful relationship with God through our Saviour Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6).
Only our Creator knows our future. Only our Creator can direct our lives if we allow Him into our life. Only our Creator can reveal to us the truth (Jeremiah 33:3).

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

God has a plan and a future for our lives. Let us trust in Him. Let us put our total faith in Him and not in horoscopes.

 

WHO OR WHAT DO YOU TRUST?
Have you been trusting in anything else other than Jesus Christ in your life? Our trust for our future should only be in God and not in anything or anyone else (Jeremiah 17:5-8).
Are you tired of putting your trust in horoscopes and astrology to give you guidance about your future?
Why not instead put your trust in your Creator – God?
God created you “to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) and only God is able to give you direction pertaining to your future.
To have a personal relationship with God we must accept His begotten Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Jesus is the way, the truth and life towards having a divine and godly direction in our life (John 14:6)

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “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). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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