Monday, February 1, 2021

Even an avalanche is started by something small

Even an avalanche is started by something small 

The little foxes that spoil the vines . . . SONG OF SOLOMON 2:15 According to Psychology Today, 70 percent of high school students and nearly half of college students confess to cheating. USA Today reported that 91 percent of Americans lie routinely. Our culture says, “If you want to get ahead, you have to break a few rules.” But the Bible warns that “little sins” can be just as damaging as the big ones—or more so. Commentator Matthew Henry wrote, “Adam’s eating forbidden fruit seemed but a little sin, but it opened the door to the greatest.” Are you being tempted to compromise your integrity? Tempted to cheat at school? Pressured to be dishonest at work? Drawn into an “innocent little relationship”? We must live by biblical principles, faithful to the standards of a holy God. As evangelist Charles Finney put it, “A person who is dishonest in little things isn’t really honest in anything.” On the other hand, Jesus rewards those who are “faithful over a little” (Matthew 25:21 ESV). Make sure the little, hidden areas of your life are governed by your convictions, not corrupted by your compromises. Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening 

Oh my Dear Reader, oh how the human race delves into self justification. 

Oh how we talk ourselves into just about anything.  

Especially when it comes to sin.  

Look really good at the comment in the middle of that devotional.  “Adam’s eating forbidden fruit seemed but a little sin, but it opened the door to the greatest.”

We are given daily opportunities, as long as God permits our use of His air, permits our hearts to beat, to do the right thing in all aspects of our lives. 

From the greatest choice to the smallest. The opportunity to do right or wrong by God's standards is always before you. 

You can come up with the craftiest of arguments to justify your desires.  Eve did. Then Adam did.  What was God to do?  Disobedience on any scale opens the door to disobedience on every scale. 

We justify the idolatry in our lives.  Don't sit in denial, my Friend, because nobody is really immune from it entirely.  We choose where our love and devotion go. We choose what excites us. We choose who gets our time, energy and effort.  We decide.  Getting any clearer?  We justify our spending hours watching sports with all forms of enthusiasm, yet walk by our Bible as it gathers dust. 

The Church today indeed most of the professing Church has indeed forgotten her first love.  They have to make accommodations to work around Super Bowl Sunday.  They laughingly excuse those who stayed up the night before because of "the game".

My Friend do you at ALL value your time with Jesus? 

My Friend have you slowly let your love for Jesus grow cold?  No excitement, no enthusiasm, nothing.  Have you instead given that excitement, that enthusiasm, that passion and desire to someone or something in this world?

Jesus said in the last days that the love of most would grow cold.  Was He describing you?

In His triumphant entry over 2,000 years ago the people cried out in joy at Jesus coming.  If He entered your city today would you know enough to recognize Him and to do the same? 

Are things like family and sports, celebrities or fame, more important to you than your relationship with Jesus?

An avalanche is started by something small.  Sin began with a simple disobedience to not touch.  Which became taking.  Which became eating.  

Work does need to be done.  Jesus told Adam and Eve that because of sin the ground would not yield its best anymore.  That by the sweat of his brow he would have to work at surviving and living.  

Idle minds are the devil's playground. 

We so easily talk ourselves into sin as well as staying out of it.   

What pebbles are on the move in your life?  It's not too late to cease a life of sin and to return or turn to Jesus. 

Jesus said of true faith: 

Now in the early morning, when He was returning to the city, He became hungry. And seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves alone; and He *said to it, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered.

Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, “How did the fig tree wither all at once?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive it all.” Matthew 21:18-22

The state of the Church today is showing just how much compromise and justification has been allowed to creep in.

Revival is being called out for from God yet people don't see their lives as He does, with the need to turn away from the sin they have grown accustomed to liking. 

Revival begins when hearts are aligned with God. 

Where is your heart aligned with?

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