sin, sin, sin – go away

“I have heard of people set free from addiction after a single prayer. But it was not like that for me. For all that ‘I was lost, I am found,’ it is probably more accurate to say, ‘I was really lost, I am little less so at the moment.'” – Bono of the rock band U2

Is that how you feel? Many people don’t truly understand that Jesus sets us free of our sin(s). Romans 7:19, which quotes Paul – a leader in early church days says:

For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evile that I do not want to do.

Paul is telling us that even he, the great leader that he was, struggled with sin. But there is good news, even for the sinner:

Who will rescue me from this body of death?

I thank God the answer is Jesus Christ. – Romans 7:24-25

Even though our bodies are full of sin, Jesus died for us so that we would not have to endure suffering any more. Paul continues in chapter 8 saying:

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1

It’s that simple. Jesus sets us free. Now, if you are still relying on your own understanding then, you must return to Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

Trust in Him today to save you from sin. He will set you free!

Be careful:

The Bible is FULL of true stories, but you better be careful which ones you use to justify your actions:

A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father said, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible, and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.” After about a month the boy came back, and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. His father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but…you didn’t get your hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair….”

To which his father replied, “Yes…, and they walked every where they went!” 

Comfort Food

I used to joke around that on days of great trouble, I wanted to eat “comfort food.” You know what I mean. It may be that you eat ice cream or chocolate when you get depressed or down about something.

This morning as I did my devotion, I came to an interesting passage:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

As I studied through this passage, it was easy to first realize that God is our comforter. He is our “Father of mercy” and source of “all comfort.”  However, many people mistake this passage to mean that when we are in trouble, that we only need to turn to him to get out of trouble. This is not the case, because our trials (our trouble) only help to strengthen our faith.

When we need comfort, we can turn to God for strength, encouragement, and hope. When we turn to him for this type of comfort, it shows our faith and trusts in His love for us. When we allow God to comfort us, it helps us get through and builds our faith so that we can provide comfort to others. In this way, we show God’s love to them (as in Love Thy Neighbor).

As you go through trouble, remember to thank God for the blessings He has provided. And if you have enough faith, thank God for the trouble you are enduring for it will strengthen you as a believer.

Next time you need “comfort food,” turn to God. It’s served buffet style – get as much as you want.

Where is love?

According to John 1: 17

God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

I initially began this blog with the intention of asking people to Stop being “RELIGIOUS,” and to start living a life that displayed a true personal relationship with Jesus.

I looked up the definition of religion and found:

a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. (

If religion is merely a set of beliefs that “usually” involves devotions and “rituals” then we have totally missed the point! God showed us His love in order that we might show His love. A recent church message board said “Christians should be the windows that the light of Jesus may shine through.”

God’s love was given in order that we might have life. But unfortunately, many of us enjoy that love only on Sunday, and then wake up Monday as if we never knew God. We start our week with the “gloom and doom” Monday morning face and tell everybody at work how we wish it was Friday.

Why not have a change of heart this week and show the love of Jesus! Let His light shine through you. Be positive and let people know how happy you are to know Jesus and share His love with others.    …Sure, it’s Monday, but that gives you 5 days to share His love with your co-workers. Saturday we can rest, and then on Sunday we can re-fill our hearts again. For those who know best, you’ll also get your heart “topped off” with His love on Wednesday night at church. 

You see, the more heart (love) you give during the week, the more you’ll come back to get.  Share your friendship with Jesus with others around you. There’s plenty of Jesus to go around!

Stop being religious, and start showing His love. God never says that X or Y religion can save you, but He does mention how Jesus can save you!