Hypocrisy of the Church (blog by me)

Pastors are having affairs. People in the church are lying and gossiping. Christians tell others not to sin, but they are guilty of sin themselves. It’s enough to make you sick, but don’t let it keep you from getting to know Christ. He did not die on the cross to gather up a kingdom of perfect people. He came for sinners, and they do not become sinless the moment they trust in Christ. In His own words in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

If you are tempted to fall into a trap of rejecting the truth because of hypocritical Christians, I have a message for you: Jesus says to look to Him and not to His people. His people will stumble a million times, but Jesus lived a perfect life. He is not guilty of hypocrisy. Your first step to living a life washed clean in the sight of God is accepting Christ as your Savior. Then you will begin the slow process of being refined. You too may stumble, but He will leave the rest of His flock to come after You. Jesus died to pay for Your sins. What a waste it would be for His precious blood to be spilled and for you to miss out on eternal life because you did not accept His invitation! Forget other people and your perception of the Lord that has been built on sinful Christians for a moment and just focus on just Jesus. Do you see a loving Friend with an outstretched hand? Are you ready to take it?

Pray with me. “Father, I confess I have not been open to getting to know You because of my perception of the church and Christians. The truth is my relationship with You has nothing to do with them. It is between You and me. I believe You are the Son of God who died on the cross to pay for my sins. You will raise me to eternal life in heaven with You because I trust You. Thank You for being a loving God. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

Drug Use (blog by me)

There is no Bible verse that reads, “Don’t use drugs” so some Christians think using drugs is okay. However, Scripture does tell us to be self-controlled and alert, and that simply isn’t possible while under the influence of drugs. Many Christians think drug use opens the body to demonic influence or control. Come to think of it, my experience seems to support that idea.

Before I became a Christian, I was an atheist who did not believe in angels or demons. I was lost spiritually, and that is the way I wandered through life–aimlessly and bored. The drugs helped relieve my boredom temporarily. I smoked marijuana regularly and took acid a number of times. On acid, I would experience a high that was kinda fun and exciting because things I saw might be exaggerated. For instance, when I looked down from a two-story building, it was like looking down from a sky scraper. One time, I was looking at my friend, but instead I saw a figure dressed in a black hooded robe as if he were some sort of demon. At the time, I felt so confused because it was nothing that would ever enter my mind as I did not believe in that sort of thing.

Whether or not drugs welcome demons, they certainly do not put us in the alert and self-controlled state God calls us to be in. Money used to buy drugs is circulated in the black market instead of being used to build up the kingdom of God. Time that could be spent in prayer and God’s service is wasted. For that and many other reasons, I stopped using drugs when I became a Christian. With God’s help, it was easy to change my lifestyle to enjoy life without drugs.

If you are ready to give up using drugs or have never confessed your drug use, join me in this prayer: Lord, You are a holy God, and Your glory is splendid. I confess I have sinned against Your Name by using drugs in the past. Please forgive my drug use, and help me to never use drugs again. Remove me from situations that might be tempting to me, and give me strength to say no or even end relationships that might cause me to use drugs again. I understand they lead me away from You, and I want to draw near to You instead. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Drunkenness (blog by me)

Christians who enjoy drinking alcohol are quick to say Jesus drank wine. It is true that drinking wine is not a sin, but becoming drunk with alcohol is a sin (see Ephesians 5:18). All Christians should avoid drunkenness, but people with a family history or personal history of alcohol abuse should avoid drinking alcohol altogether. Alcohol can become a serious problem.

When people get drunk, they care less about behaviors that they would normally control. Studies have now shown that not only does alcohol make you practice less self-control while you are drunk, but alcohol abuse actually damages the part of the brain that is responsible for self-control so you become less self-controlled even when you are sober and are less likely to say no to alcohol when you are tempted again. Some people even theorize this drunken state opens up a person’s soul and brain to the influence of evil spirits.

Do you have problem of with alcohol abuse? There is still hope! We know the Great Physician, who is Jesus Christ Himself. He can heal your body of any damage caused by alcohol, deliver you from this spiritual trap, and give you a new life free from alcohol. Are you ready to be set free? Let’s pray! Lord, I confess I have become drunk and that is a sin. Forgive me for my drunkenness. I commit my life to You and promise not to drink alcohol again as long as I shall live if You deliver me from this spiritual trap I am in. You are a good God who cares about me and has great plans for my life. I trust You for my healing and deliverance. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

When I was a non-Christian, I used to drink alcohol every weekend. My goal was always to become drunk. To me, it was fun although waking up hungover was excruciating. Most of the time, I drank with my friends. Sometimes I drove drunk, said stupid things, or vomited in front of people, all of which was completely embarrassing. After I became a Christian, I vowed not to drink again because I knew my relationship with alcohol was not healthy. Consistent with my family history and personal history of alcohol abuse, I could not limit myself to just one drink. I fell back into this sin after a couple of years of abstinence from it. However, it was different. I almost couldn’t even become drunk no matter how much I drank. Most notable, it wasn’t fun anymore at all. So I recommitted myself to the Lord with my vow and am now completely (and happily) free from alcohol. God is good.

Sexual Sin (blog by me)

Sexual sin is a spiritual trap that includes a wide variety of activities from viewing pornography to premarital sex and various forms of sexual perversion. God has made it clear in the Bible that sex is for one man who is married to one woman. Any sexual activity outside of that constitutes sin. Sex can create spiritual bonds that are difficult to break.

Just like the other spiritual traps, persons are first tempted, then try it, and soon are caught in it. In order to be delivered from it, one must first admit they want help. Some people are proud of their sexual sins and delight in them. This is not the type of person that will find release. One must acknowledge that it is a sin, decide they want to be freed from it, and ask God for deliverance. Then our merciful God will reach down and set the person free.

Are you caught in the spiritual trap of sexual sin? Start the process of getting free with this prayer: Lord, I admit I guilty of sexual sin. Forgive me and deliver me from it. Help me to live a pure life according to Your plan for marriage and sex. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Sorcery (blog by me)

Sorcery sounds like something from the movies, but it is widely practiced in modern times. It is called by other names like witchcraft and magic. However, it is all the same thing – manipulating the supernatural realm to accomplish one’s own means. It does not matter if you are doing it to gain things selfishly or if you are trying to do something nice for another human being. The same result is accomplished. You have exerted your will over God’s will.

If we consult God’s will by prayer and receive what is granted, we know that true good has been accomplished. Trying to do good outside of God’s will results in disaster because we are not all-knowing. Throw away the crystals and whatever other things you use in ritual and take up prayer and God’s Word (see Deuteronomy 18:9-15) to do good the right way. Ready? Let’s pray about it.

Lord, I confess I have been trying to accomplish my own will by supernatural means. Forgive me and help me to live a new life by faith in Jesus Christ. Help me to depend on You for all I need. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Divination (blog by me)

Divination can be defined as trying to learn the future by using supernatural means. It may sound like an ancient practice that is no longer used, but the truth is that it is still commonly used by people every day. Anytime a person calls a psychic, visits a fortuneteller, gets their palm read, reads a horoscope, consults angel cards or tarot cards, uses numerology or tries to learn the future by using any supernatural means, they are guilty of divination.

Deuteronomy 18:9-15 tells us these practices are detestable to the Lord. In fact, the Lord says the nations that were driven out for their wickedness practiced divination. Whether you use divination for good or evil makes no difference. The supernatural means to receive future information is not given by God. There is no energy in the universe whereby people may gain wisdom. There is only God and His angels versus Satan and his demons.

Christians make their appeals directly to God by prayer. He is the One who dispatches His angels. We have no business calling on them just as the US President has no right to call on British troops. They only respond to their own leader’s commands. When humans try to foretell the future by summoning God’s angels or energy, they are actually summoning Satan’s demons who are willing to do their bidding for a price. You will never know that price until you have paid it, and the practice of divination will be driving you further from the God who loves you so let’s turn and repent with the below prayer.

Lord, I confess I have practiced divination. Forgive me for this sin. I break off any communication with any entities besides You, Lord. I will remain faithful to You in my heart, soul, and mind. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Rebellion (blog by me)

It is easy to spot rebellion in a toddler. As soon as you ask them to do something, they respond with No! While it is healthy for a toddler to go through this stage, it is a process of maturation to grow out of this stage. Older children and adults should be able to recognize that rules and laws were put into place to protect us. However, there is something inside that just nags at some of us and wants to do things the way we think is right.

Older children and adults with a problem of rebellion may get in trouble at school, get fired from work, have difficulty in relationships, receive lots of tickets or even end up in jail. There is a time to plead for justice, such as when the rules are laws are in contrast to God’s Word. However, Christians should learn to obey authority in most circumstances because it will discipline us to obey God.

We need to take our obedience to God very seriously because 1 Samuel 15:23 tells us rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft or divination. When we rebel as a matter of habit, we are falling deeper into sin. Sin takes us farther from God. In order to stop the cycle of rebellion, we must confess and ask God’s help. Let’s pray together. “Heavenly Father, I am guilty of rebellion. Forgive me for it. Give me an obedient heart so I can serve You as You deserve. You love me and care about me and feel grieved when I turn from You, and I only want You to be pleased with me. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Spiritual Traps (blog by me)

Since creation, men and women have been tempted to do wrong against God and others. James 1:13 tells us God does not tempt us to do evil, but we know the Enemy of our souls does tempt us. The first time we sin, we feel conviction. The second time, it is a little less. After the sin has become a habit, we no longer even think it is wrong.

Nearly everyone of us can identify with some spiritual trap. One is pursuing money as a main goal in life. Another is rebellion against authority and God. Yet another is sex outside of marriage or other forms of sexual perversion. Drunkenness and/or drug use is yet another spiritual trap. Dabbling in the occult, witchcraft (regardless of intent), and New Age practices are some others. Trusting in other religions is one more, and this is not an exhaustive list.

All of these spiritual traps lead us away from God. They are types of unfaithfulness. God has the power to deliver people from these traps if they call on Him. If you are stuck in one of these sins, confess your sin to God and call on the Name of Jesus Christ for deliverance. God is waiting for you to call on Him. Do it today!