Archive for the ‘Sin’ Category

He Paid the Price

by his wounds

As Good Friday approaches, I wanted to share this post again.

Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t actually do? Maybe you were rejected and punished even though you tried to do the right things. Maybe you willingly took the blame to prevent someone you cared about from suffering the consequences of their actions or choices.  We often stand up for ourselves refusing to take the blame, but there are times in which we willingly accept the blame to protect those we care about. Whether by choice or not, it’s not easy taking the blame or punishment for something you didn’t do.  But your love for those involved causes you to understand the consequences involved if the truth were known, so you accept their punishment.

That’s exactly what Jesus did for each of us.  “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).  He took the punishment for all of our sins.  He suffered a cruel death on the cross even though He never sinned.   Hebrews 9:28 says, “So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”   Through his death and resurrection we are healed and can accept the gift of eternal life.

Why would Jesus be willing to endure the floggings, the crown of thorns, and the horrible crucifixion?  Love. An old hymn sums it up perfectly: “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!”  Jesus is the most caring and loyal friend we could ever find.   He could have chosen at any time not to accept the punishment we deserve, but He loved us so much that He became a voluntary substitute for each and every one of us.

Jesus took the blame and punishment for every sin anyone has ever committed or will commit.  He knew the consequences we deserve, but He loved us so much that He was willing to suffer for our sins.  Mine, yours, every single person ever born.  It’s difficult for us to take the blame for something we didn’t do, yet Jesus, who was perfectly holy and pure, Jesus who knew no sin, bore the sins of the entire world.  No matter what we’ve done,  He paid the price.


I do not know the young men in this video, but their sweet harmony always makes me smile.

He paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt I could not pay.

 I needed someone to wash my sins away,

And now I sing a brand new song, Amazing grace all day long.

Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay. – Author unknown

Related posts:  GPS for Life, Brag Book

Photo credit:  Photobucket.com

Read Full Post »

cross_zpsa30c2a7e

Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t actually do? Maybe you were rejected and punished even though you tried to do the right things. Maybe you willingly took the blame to prevent someone you cared about from suffering the consequences of their actions or choices.  We often stand up for ourselves refusing to take the blame, but there are times in which we willingly accept the blame to protect those we care about. Whether by choice or not, it’s not easy taking the blame or punishment for something you didn’t do.  But your love for those involved causes you to understand the consequences involved if the truth were known, so you accept their punishment.

That’s exactly what Jesus did for each of us.  “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).  He took the punishment for all of our sins.  He suffered a cruel death on the cross even though He never sinned.   Hebrews 9:28 says, “So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”   Through his death and resurrection we are healed and can accept the gift of eternal life.

Why would He be willing to endure the floggings, the crown of thorns, and the horrible crucifixion?  Love. An old hymn says sums it up perfectly: “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!”  Jesus is the most caring and loyal friend we could ever find.   He could have chosen at any time not to accept the punishment we deserve, but He loved us so much that He became a voluntary substitute for each and every one of us.

Jesus took the blame and punishment for every sin anyone has ever committed or will commit.  He knew the consequences we deserve, but He loved us so much that He was willing to suffer for our sins.  Mine, yours, every single person ever born.  It’s difficult for us to take the blame for something we didn’t do, yet Jesus, who was perfectly holy and pure, Jesus who knew no sin, bore the sins of the entire world.  No matter what we’ve done,  He paid the price.

He paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt I could not pay.

 I needed someone to wash my sins away,

And now I sing a brand new song, Amazing grace all day long.

Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay. – Author Ellis J Crum – copyright 1977

Related posts:  GPS for Life, Brag Book

Read Full Post »

Headaches, back pain or spasms, neck pain or stiffness, and shoulder pain….all signs of carrying a heavy load.  During the last few years the trend of women’s purse size is growing, and as we all know the larger the bag, the more things we pack in it.  Water bottle, cell phone, makeup bag, wallet, photo book, medicines, kindle, maybe even a laptop.  Sound familiar?  It’s recommended that we carry simple necessities such as ID, credit/debit card, cell phone, and lipstick, but we don’t want to give up our stuff.  Afterall, who knows when we might need those things.  Heavy bags may be cute and convenient, but they also take a toll on our bodies.

Unconfessed sin also takes a toll on us physically .   David knew the pain of unconfessed sin very well.  He committed adultery with Bathsheba and eventually murdered her husband in an effort to cover his sin.  In Psalms 32:3-4, David says, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.  For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was  sapped as in the heat of summer.”  (NIV)  David kept silent about his sin and tried to act like nothing had happened, but his sin began to take its toll physically. Unconfessed sin and God’s heavy hand of conviction weighed him down causing physical pain and lack of strength.  Disturbed sleep, not eating, eating too much, memory loss, mood swings, anxiety attacks….all physicall effects of trying to hide our sin.  Each unconfessed sin adds more unnecessary weight to our lives, and they grow heavy like an overstuffed bag.  Sometimes we choose to live with the burden of sin until it causes chronic pain that weighs us down, holds us back, and makes us miserable.

I can remember hiding with my brother from my Granny when we were young.  We giggled as we peeked around a tree and watched as she called our name and searched.  She knew we were playing games, and we never revealed ourselves until she finally grew frustrated with our games and brought out the fly swatter.  My own children have hidden in the clothing racks and stacks of dogfood at Wal-Mart, and they loved to go in the pasture playing Hide and Seek in the dark as they got older.  Hiding is an exciting adventure for children, but as we get older we no longer hide for enjoyment but rather we try to hide our sins from God.

He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (AKJ)  This game of Hide and Seek that we all play began with Adam and Eve.  When they ate of the forbidden fruit, they knew they had disobeyed God’s command.  Genesis 3:8 says, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”  Sin causes fear and our first response is to hide, but God provides a hiding place that offers peace, relief, and love.

Psalms 32:5 shows us how David handled his burdensome load.  “Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (NLT)  David was once again able to experience joy in his life.  In Psalms 32:1 he said, “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!” (NLT)  Whatever sin is weighing you down, God will forgive and deliver you from the guilt.  All you have to do is ask.

  • Click on the play button above to watch video.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalms 32:7 (NIV)

Read Full Post »

A bowl of Strawberries. Français : Un bol de f...I spent most of last night curled up in a ball, asking myself, “Why?”  More specifically, “Why do I do the things I know I shouldn’t?”

So…I’m sure you’re wondering what I did.  Like Eve, I gave in to temptation and ate the forbidden fruit!  During the past week I have eaten strawberries, raisins, and peanuts.  Oh, and I also drank a few Sprites.  Sounds pretty innocent doesn’t it?  For most it would not be a problem, but I have a condition called interstitial cystitis which is aggravated by eating foods which contain citric acid.  I know I shouldn’t eat those foods, but I love them and sometimes I just can’t help myself.  The temptation becomes too much to resist.  Then I suffer the consequences for a few weeks because of my weakness.

As I lay awake, I wondered why I choose to subject myself to pain that I know will intrude on my sleep so severely if I eat those foods.  Then I realized the choices we make in life are similar to me eating foods I should avoid.  Romans 7:19 says, “I want to do what is good, but I don’t.  I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”  Let’s look at that carefully.  I want to do what is good but I don’t……..I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.  I think most of us truly want to do the right thing.  Yet we find ourselves doing things we know we shouldn’t do just as I find myself eating foods that I know will have consequences.

So why?  Why do we do the things we know we shouldn’t?  Temptation…It began with Adam and Eve in the garden, and Satan continues to tempt us so that he may lead us astray.  2 Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Maybe like the tempting, juicy fruits I should avoid, the things we shouldn’t do just look so tempting that sometimes, we just can’t help ourselves and we do those things knowing we will suffer consequences later.  No matter how hard we try not to do what is wrong, Satan is dangling it in front of us, pouring chocolate on top, and insisting that just once won’t hurt anything.   We know sin may lead to consequences such as guilt, emotional or physical pain, financial difficulties, isolation from those we love, and ultimately alienation from God, but we find ourselves giving in to the temptation.  Let’s face it, none of us are perfect.  Eventually we will succumb to those temptations….for most of us a lot more often than we are willing to admit.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  There will surely be many sleepless nights as we suffer the consequences of our choices.  But the good news is God’s grace is like a soothing medicine which covers it all!

If you were blessed by this devotional, sign up in the column on the right to receive future posts by email or follow me on Facebook.

Read Full Post »

Debt Paid in Full

Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t actually do? Maybe you were rejected and punished even though you tried to do the right things. Maybe you willingly took the blame to prevent someone you cared about from suffering the consequences of their actions or choices.  We often stand up for ourselves refusing to take the blame, but there are times in which we willingly accept the blame to protect those we care about. Whether by choice or not, it’s not easy taking the blame or punishment for something you didn’t do.  But your love for those involved causes you to understand the consequences involved if the truth were known, so you accept their punishment.

That’s exactly what Jesus did for each of us.  “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquitites; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).  He took the punishment for all of our sins.  He suffered a cruel death on the cross even though He never sinned.   Hebrews 9:28 says, “So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”   Through his death and resurrection we are healed and can accept the gift of eternal life.

Why would He be willing to endure the floggings, the crown of thorns, and the horrible crucifixion?  Love. An old hymn says sums it up perfectly: “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!”  Jesus is the most caring and loyal friend we could ever find.   He could have chosen at any time not to accept the punishment we deserve, but He loved us so much that He became a voluntary substitute for each and every one of us.

Jesus took the blame and punishment for every sin anyone has ever committed or will commit.  He knew the consequences we deserve, but He loved us so much that He was willing to suffer for our sins.  Mine, yours, every single person ever born.  It’s difficult for us to take the blame for something we didn’t do, yet Jesus, who was perfectly holy and pure, Jesus who knew no sin, bore the sins of the entire world.  No matter what we’ve done,  He paid the price.

He paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt I could not pay.

 I needed someone to wash my sins away,

And now I sing a brand new song, Amazing grace all day long.

Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay. – Author unknown

Related posts:  GPS for Life, Brag Book

Read Full Post »

Mailbox Mercy

residential mailbox, United States
Image via Wikipedia

Today, I have a new mailbox.  A mailbox which represents grace and forgiveness.  Last weekend a few boys found entertainment in destroying mailboxes with baseball bats.  Not just a few, but over sixty mailboxes were destroyed that night.   The police became involved and reality quickly hit the boys and their families.  The next morning the boys went to each household to offer their apologies. Some people were angry and felt they should be punished.  Others laughed it off as teenage mischief. A little teenage mischief turned into a federal offense which could result in jail time.  These boys’ parents have made them apologize, sell their vehicles to pay for damages, and today installed new mail boxes.  Does this excuse the mistake they made?  Do they deserve further punishment? Some may say its the beginning of a life of crime.  But then again, maybe they’ve learned a lesson and will turn away from similar actions in the future.

Matthew 6:12 says, “Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us” (NLT).  It was difficult to look into the eyes of these boys and their families and say they deserve to go to prison for destroying my mailbox.  I don’t agree with their actions, but I believe we have been called to forgive them just as we have been forgiven. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” Matthew 7:12(NIV).   Most of us desire grace and forgiveness for our children and even for ourselves when mistakes are made. The least we can do is to offer that same gift to others.   Its true these boys should have followed this Golden Rule to begin with, but imagine how receiving forgiveness from so many could affect their lives.  How much differently could their lives be if the people in those sixty homes remained angry and refused forgiveness?

Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (NIV).  Most things in life are more difficult to forgive than a busted up mailbox. Whether we are hurt financially, physically, or emotionally, forgiveness is never easy. But because of His mercy and love for us, we must find a way. “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you,” Psalms 86:5 (NIV). If we ask, our heavenly Father is gracious enough to forgive each and every sin we commit each day. He will not deny His love just because we messed up again. “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love,” Psalms 145:8 (NIV).

Read Full Post »

BRAG BOOK

Česky: Kříže - symbol utrpení Ježíše Krista a ...

Image via Wikipedia

This is what the Lord says:  Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this:  that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these things I delight declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 9:23-24

We are a bragging society.  Television reality shows and game shows provide the opportunity for contestants to show off their knowledge or strength in a very public way.  Others brag about money they may or may not have by purchasing expensive cars and homes.  People brag about what they have and what they have accomplished.  Parents and grandparents brag about their children and love to show off pictures.  Many parents carry little “brag books” to show off pictures of their children and what they have done.  Facebook is the new “brag book” where we can share the fun and exciting things in our lives.

There is nothing wrong with bragging about those we love and sharing the joy they bring to our lives, but the one who loved us enough to die for us accomplished so much more.  Yet many of us are afraid to brag about what He has done for us.  Galatians 6:14 says, “As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  There is nothing any of us could ever accomplish that compares to the kindness, justice, and righteousness of our Lord.  What Christ has done in our lives is an amazing personal experience.  We just need to do some bragging and be willing to share with others the impressions God has left in our lives.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”  (John 3:16).  Many of us learned this verse as a child, and it is the perfect “brag book” to show others how Christ has changed our lives.  Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we may have eternal life, and we need to tell others so that they may also experience salvation.  My challenge for you is to pull out your John 3:16 “Brag Book” and boast of the wonderful things Christ has done in your life, so that others may also experience salvation.

If you don’t already know Christ as your personal Savior, you simply need to pray and:

A – Admit you are a sinner – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of  God” (Romans 3:23)

B – Believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again.  – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

C – Confess your sins and ask Jesus into your heart.  “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

If you just accepted Christ as your Savior, you now have your own John 3:16 “Brag Book”.  Share with someone the first and most important thing Christ has done in your life.


Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: