Category: Sinful Lifestyles

What is the Unforgivable Sin?

The unforgivable sin or the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is mentioned in Mark 3:22-30 and Matthew 12:22-32.
In Mark 3:29 Jesus says “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is guilty of an eternal sin”.
And so the question is – what is the above scripture really talking about? After all – didn’t Jesus die so that all of our sins may be washed away? And didn’t Jesus die on the cross so that we may receive complete forgiveness?

 

 

The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit doesn’t apply to the Christian believer. It doesn’t apply to the person who has through faith accepted & received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit applies to the unbelievers / unsaved who choose to reject Christ and reject the Holy Spirit right up to the day they die. Therefore, Jesus is saying there is no pardon for the person who dies in his rejection of Christ and of the Holy Spirit.

The pharisees not only rejected Jesus Christ, but they would also eventually reject the work and conviction of the Holy Spirit. In the end they persecuted Christ and the followers of Christ who were clearly led by the Holy Spirit and performed miracles and spread the word of God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

According to John 16:8 the Holy Spirit is at work in the world, convicting the unsaved / unbeliever of sin, righteousness and judgment.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to bring the unsaved / unbeliever to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Therefore when a person rejects the conviction of the Holy Spirit and when he resists the need of Christ in his life, then that person is choosing hell over heaven.
When that person dies without repenting, he goes to hell.

In hell there is no forgiveness of sins. In hell there are no second chances. There is therefore no forgiveness for the person who dies without faith in Jesus Christ.

If you’re reading this article and you have never accepted or received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour – you have an opportunity to do it today. You must not die without believing and receiving Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
As long as you have life on this earth, you have an opportunity for God to forgive you of all your sins. Forgiveness is found exclusively in Jesus Christ because Jesus paid for our sins on the cross.
So today, through faith, receive Jesus into your life and allow Him to be the Lord and Saviour of your life.

 

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 is Idolatry?

Exodus 20:3
You shall have no other gods before Me.

Idolatry is the worship of idols or the excessive reverence for someone or something. In Christianity, an idol refers to anything that replaces the one, true God.
Therefore, when we worship, revere or devote ourselves to anything that replaces God – then we are committing idolatry.

Idolatry is not just the worship of man-made images or objects; Idolatry is not just the worship of creatures or natural things.
In today’s modern world, movie stars and all kinds of celebrities can be idols; Money & possessions can be idols; Social media can be an idol; Your profession or career can be an idol. Your leader or pastor can be an idol; even you can be your own idol.
If at anytime we systematically esteem someone or something above God then that person or thing becomes an idol.
Matthew 6:24 says “Noone can serve 2 masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money”.

There is only one true God. However, mankind has created many false gods. There are more than 300 million false gods or idols that are worshipped by people or different religions in the world.
Even a person who claims to be an atheist idolizes someone or something in his/her life.

Colossians 3:5
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Idolatry is an issue of the heart. A person doesn’t have to pray or bow down to something in order to idolize or worship an idol.
Idolatry is an issue of the heart in that if our attitude, actions and decisions reflect that we are systematically devoted to something else other than God or the things of God then we are committing idolatry.

What is it in your life that consistently hinders you from spending a few minutes to read God’s word? Is it the television; is it social media?
What is it that consistently prevents you from spending a few minutes to pray to God? Is it your job; is it the other commitments you have in your day?
Do you find yourself consistently being more interested in following the philosophies, ideas & life of a celebrity or other person instead of following God?
Be encouraged to always take the time to worship and revere God during your daily life.

1 Corinthians 10:14
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

God wants us to only worship Him alone because He is the only one true God. He is the God of the Bible. He is the only Creator of the universe and we should have no other gods in our life except Him alone.

 

 

ARE YOU A BELIEVER & A FOLLOWER OF THE ONE TRUE GOD?
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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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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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.

 

 

 

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