Genesis 4:6-16 In the story of Cain, we see the development of sin. Jealousy leads to anger, and anger leads to murder. In this story, we see ourselves in the ‘mirror’ of God’s Word. Here, God emphasizes our exceeding sinfulness – ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt’ (Jeremiah 17:9). Our sinfulness […]Read More “There’s a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.”
“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk 1:13). The contrast between our sinfulness and God’s holiness is an absolute contrast – never the two shall meet. Can we raise ourselves up from our sinfulness to God’s holiness? – No! We cannot. We need to be raised up from above, by the Lord. […]Read More You Raise Me Up …
Genesis 37:1-36 Here, we have human sin and divine grace. We see jealousy (11) and its effects: ‘where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice’(James 3:16). We see God working out His purpose: ‘you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good’(50:20). In his dreams, Joseph was […]Read More You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.
John 8:34-36 Sin is our greatest problem. What are we to do about it? We ask the question, “What are we to do about sin?” We ask this question, and, then, we ask another question, “What can we do about it?” When we realize how big a problem sin is, we became aware that we […]Read More Bring Your Sin To The Saviour Of Sinners.
2 Kings 15:23-16:20 Within every one of us, there is conflict. It is the conflict between good and evil (2 Kings 15:34,24,28; 2 Kings 16:2). Paul experienced this conflict: ‘I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. I don’t do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that […]Read More What are we to do when we feel the conflict between good and evil is tearing us apart?
Luke 3:1-38 John’s message came from ‘God’(2). He did not begin with love. He preached about sin and divine judgment, warning his hearers to ‘flee from the wrath to come’(7). He called for ‘repentance’(3,8). This was not what people wanted to hear. Before we can rejoice in the Good News concerning salvation, we must recognize […]Read More ‘The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
Nehemiah 9:6-38 At the heart of Ezra’s prayer, there is a tremendous description of God: ‘You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love’ (Nehemiah 9:17). This is ‘our God’. ‘Our sins’ are great. The love of God is even greater. We look at ‘our sins’, […]Read More Our sins are great. The love of God is greater. Bring your sins to Jesus. Let His blood cleanse you from all sin.