“Presumptuous Sins = Shaking Your Fists at God” March 9

 

Presumptuous Sins = Shaking Your Fists at God - "Presumptuous sins" are willful disobedience, knowing something is wrong, and yet, doing it anyway! In effect, shaking our fists at God! Could you be doing so in some way?“Presumptuous sins” are willful disobedience, knowing something is wrong, and yet, doing it anyway! In effect, shaking our fists at God! Could you be doing so in some way?

 

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 15 & 16
Psalm 32.1-5
Proverbs 11.16-18
Mark 11.1-19

 

Presumptuous Sins = Shaking Your Fists at God

 

Numbers 15 & 16:

Presumptuous Sins

 

God had delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt and provided for them over and over in the wilderness. So these chapters can’t help but seem astounding, how these people rebelled again and again in spite of how God had revealed Himself to them. And yet, if we’re honest, once again … they are us and we are them!

Verse 15.30 talks about “presumptuous sins.” That is willful disobedience. It means we know it’s wrong and, yet, we do it anyway! Remember, anytime we sin, it’s first and foremost a sin against God. So when we willfully transgress the Lord’s commands to us, we’re shaking our fist at God just as Korah and his bunch did in today’s reading. Instead of fearing God, we’re rebelling against Him!

It may not be as public when we do it, so we think it’s not as bad. But remember God is looking at our hearts and nothing is hidden from Him. Romans 14.23 says, “… for whatever is not from faith is sin.” And James 4.17 says, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (NASB).

 

Remember, Remember, Remember

 

Lord's supper communion 1 cor 11

 

The Nation of Israel failed to remember all that God had done for them and quickly turned back to living by their feelings, instead of walking by faith.

God, in His mercy, is constantly showing us ways to “remember.” In 15.37-41 He instructed the Israelites to put tassels on their garments to remind them of the commandments and the importance of obeying them. He was saying “remember, remember, remember”!

Today, we have the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as reminders. We hang plaques on our walls and drink our coffee out of Scripture emblazoned cups.

He has given us His written Word, great biblically sound books, teachings on the radio, on TV, on the Internet and in church. Yet, how often do we leave church after hearing a great message and, instead of “remembering,” … we, immediately, start living for ourselves, fighting and quarreling, and sinning willfully … sometimes on the way home!

In the book of numbers, even after the earth opened and swallowed up the rebels, Continue reading

June 1 “Think you’re smarter than King Solomon?”

We’re never standing still when it comes to the things of God. Either we’re growing and becoming more like Christ or we are sliding backwards. But often, like Solomon, we play around with sin, thinking we’re too smart to get caught in its snares.

Smarter than King Solomon

Today’s Readings:
1 Kings 11 & 12
Psalm 69.5-15
Proverbs 17.20-22
John 12.1-26

1 Kings 11 & 12:

Solomon’s downfall

Once we begin to focus on things other than God, we can easily be drawn into greater and greater sins. Here we find Solomon taking foreign wives—women who worshiped other gods. He loved them and became sympathetic to their desire to worship their own gods. Eventually he worshiped them, too!

We can easily do the same thing by dating or getting into close relationships with people who aren’t serving God whole-heartedly or at all. We reason that we’ll change them, but most of the time they pull us away from God. Becoming unequally yoked with unbelievers is still forbidden for that reason and others. Continue reading

March 9 “Presumptuous sins”

“Presumptuous sins” are willful disobedience, knowing something is wrong, and yet, doing it anyway! In effect, shaking our fists at God!

presumptuous sins

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 15 & 16
Psalm 32.1-5
Proverbs 11.16-18
Mark 11.1-19

Numbers 15 & 16:

Presumptuous sins

These chapters are so astounding to me, how these people rebelled over and over in spite of how God had revealed Himself to them. And yet, if we’re honest, once again … they are us!

15.30 talks about “presumptuous sins.” This is willful disobedience. It means we know it’s wrong and yet we do it anyway! Remember, anytime we sin, it’s first and foremost a sin against God. So when we willfully transgress the Lord’s commands to us, we’re shaking our fist at God just as Korah and his bunch did. Instead of fearing God, we’re rebelling against Him!

It may not be as public when we do it, so we think it’s not as bad. But remember God is looking at our hearts and nothing is hidden from Him. Romans 14.23 says, “… for whatever is not from faith is sin.” And James 4.17 says, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (NASB).

Remember, remember, remember

God, in His mercy, is constantly showing us ways to “remember.” In 15.37-41 He instructs the Israelites to put tassels on their garments to remind them of the commandments and the importance of obeying them. He’s saying “remember, remember, remember”!

Today, we have the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as reminders. We hang plaques on our walls and drink our coffee out of Scripture emblazoned cups.

He had given us with His written Word, great biblically sound books, teachings on the radio, on TV, on the Internet and in church. Yet, how often do we leave church after hearing a great message and, instead of “remembering,” … we, immediately, start living for ourselves, fighting and quarreling, and sinning willfully … sometimes on the way home! Continue reading

February 1 “The importance of self-examination”

Sick child

As January comes to an end and the second month of 2014 begins, many of us will be thinking about the goals and resolutions we made just a few weeks ago. We’ll examine our progress (or lack of it) concerning a new diet, exercise plan or some other goal.

And when it comes to our health, we get numerous examinations and tests to ensure we stay as healthy as we can. When we go to school, we take examinations to test our proficiency in those subjects. But how many of us take time to examine our lives spiritually? Continue reading