“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

September 15 “Presuming on God’s grace” & LINKUP

presumptuous, thoughtful girlIs there some area where things could have gone badly, but somehow worked out? Did you just “count yourself lucky,” assume it was your quick thinking that got you out of that jam, or did you think about God’s grace and mercy?

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 21 & 22
Psalm 107.1-9
Proverbs 25.14-16
2 Corinthians 7.1-16

Isaiah 21 & 22:

Presuming on God’s grace

In chapter 22 Isaiah begins to prophesy concerning the “Valley of Vision”—a reference to Israel. God had allowed the Assyrians to threaten and attack them previously, but in his mercy had prevented their defeat. Instead of seeing God’s mercy at work, taking it as a “shot over the bow,” and repenting in thankfulness, they had taken His deliverance for granted.

In this chapter Isaiah warns them that though they will take the next deliverance for granted and will even be celebrating prematurely, God will let them fall because of their continued rebellion.

What about you? Is there some area where things could have gone badly, but somehow they worked out? Did you just “count yourself lucky,” assume it was your quick thinking that got you out of that jam, or did you think about God’s grace and mercy? Did you consider what God might be saying through that situation or will He have to repeat the lesson, this time with more severe consequences?

prayerPsalm 107.1-9:

Thankful or unthankful?

Verse 8, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men.”

Just as with the ancient Israelites, one of the characteristics of these last days is unthankfulness. 2 Timothy 3 gives us a picture of the times in which we live: 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