Moses said to Joshua, ‘Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff (rod) of God in my hands.’
- Wherever we go and whatever we do, we must make sure that the Lord is with us. - We must not do things in our own strength or in our own wisdom. - The ‘rod of God’ was a symbol that the Lord was with them. - Now, as you face the day, take hold of His hand, and He will give you the victory.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are with me. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, because You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me. Amen.
Daily Bible Verse: Isaiah 43:19
‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’
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What Is Sin?
August 5, 2019
WHAT IS SIN?
I sin when I come short of the standard God has set before me (Romans 3:23). The pass mark for an exam is 50. If you get 49 marks you have failed. If someone else gets 5 marks he has failed. It is no good you saying, “I did much better than the one who got 5”. You have both failed. 50 - Pass 49 - Fail 5 - Fail
You may think you’re not so bad, better than most. But that’s not the point, for not one of us has come anywhere near God’s perfect standard – Jesus Christ. We can’t even reach our own standards.
We may not have done anything specially wicked. We simply are sinners because we are just not good enough. I sin when I live for myself. I sin when I say, ‘I’m my own boss, it’s my own life, I can do what I like with it.’ I sin when I refuse to put my trust in Jesus Christ. (John 16:9)
What sin does Sin spoils!
Sin is like an ugly blot on a clean page. Being selfish, lazy, thoughtless, telling lies and dirty stories ruin one’s character. Sin destroys the happiness of a home or a friendship.
Sin is like weeds in a garden; if not rooted out, they will soon overrun it. Little acts of dishonesty and disobedience soon become habits we cannot break.
(Isaiah 59:1-2) Sin is like a thick cloud, which blots out the sun. As a result God seems miles away. God is pure and holy. He hates sin. He cannot and will not look at sin. Sin blocks the way to HIM. Sin cuts you off from God in this life and in the life to come. Be quite clear about this; hell is a grim and dreadful reality for ALL who reject Jesus Christ in this life.
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