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Nov

12

Let God Fix It

By pastorbillwalden

Some thoughts for fellow followers of Jesus…  

The ten second sound bite version of what I am writing is this: If you blew it, and have a mess on your hands, let God fix it.  You thought you could be in control and do things your own way, and now you have a mess. In your flesh, you made a mess.  What makes you think that in your flesh, you can fix it?  Better to walk in the Spirit like you should have to begin with.  Walk in the Spirit, and let God fix it.

The longer version of the same story line is as follows…
Sin is a nasty thing.  It promises much, and delivers little.  The consequences are always bigger than the gratification.  It never seems as bad as it really is…until later.

We get used to sinning.  We minimize it.  We get de-sensitized to it.  We agree in our heads that something is wrong, but we do it anyway, intending to stop.

There are sins of commission: we do things that we know are wrong.
There are sins of omission: we don’t do things we know that we should.

The sin in a Christian’s life can run the gamut of not reading your Bible (dumb…you need God’s Word, heart, and direction) to something much more obvious, like substance abuse or sexual immorality.  We can be committing little sins, like being disagreeable, or we can be committing bigger sins, such as being violent and a striker.  A sin of omission might be that you don’t think that church attendance is important, and eventually find yourself isolated, alone, unchallenged, un-encouraged, etc.  There are numerous examples of sins of commission and omission.

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Dec

14

When God Hedges Us In

By pastorbillwalden

God is good, all the time. Part of His goodness is His willingness to disrupt our plans to sin, block the paths of our efforts towards unholiness, and cause us to have a wake up call and to realize that we are foolish to turn to anyone but Him.

God spoke through Hosea and said about His people:

Hosea 2:6, 7 “ Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your wayThorns with thorns, And wall her in, So that she cannot find her paths. 7 She will chase her lovers, But not overtake them; Yes, she will seek them, but not find them. Then she will say, ‘ I will go and return to my first husband, For then it was better for me than now.’

Pastor David Guzik comments…

I will hedge up your way with thorns: To bring Israel to repentance, God promised to set a hedge of thorns on the sides of her path, so that it would hurt whenever Israel went off the correct path, and so the wrong paths would be hard to find.

When God hedges our way with thorns, we usually don’t like it.  We sometimes think God is against us when the thorns hurt and we can’t find the wrong paths.  But it is really one of the sweetest expressions of God’s love to hedge up your way with thorns and to wall us in.

I will go and return to my first husband: When God allows the passing pleasures of sin to pass, we often then see how good it was to follow the LORD.  In a marriage sometimes the grass can seem greener even with the best spouse; in our walk with the LORD our idols seem attractive until God exposes them. Then we are ready to return to our first husband, the LORD.

NOTE- Pastor David’s commentaries can be found at http://enduringword.com/

Nov

27

Sexual Sin: Call It What It Is

By pastorbillwalden

(Editor’s note) I’ll be writing on this topic for a while.  This will be the first of a few articles.

I may make a few enemies by sharing my thoughts on what many are calling “sexual addictions”. It is a very difficult subject to address for many reasons.  A lot of shame is connected with the topic of sexual sin, and men are very reluctant to bring up the topic.  Wives aren’t thrilled about it either.  A great degree of “disgust” is associated with this sin.  I certainly don’t mean to talk down to anyone, be unsympathetic, or unloving, but I am concerned about the mindset of many Christians regarding what is being called “sexual addiction”.

Also, some may think me too simplistic in my approach, and that I don’t understand the complexities of those who struggle with sexual sin.  I do not claim to know of every psychological viewpoint concerning this issue, or of every emotional profile described by the “experts”.  I do however, know and believe what the Bible says about it.  I trust that God can and will work out the “complexities” in every heart that will surrender to Him. 

The descriptions many Christians use concerns me.  I am hearing the phrases “sexual addiction”, or, “addicted to porn” used very often.  I am still trying to understand why these terms are being used. Read more »