26 July 2015

Passing the Blame

(Lessons from Eve #7)
Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled (tricked) me, and I did eat.
Instead of facing up to what she'd done, Eve tried to put the blame on someone else to try and make herself look better. But she didn't convince God. She had disobeyed and she would have to face the consequences.

True—the Devil did deceive her.
But true—she disobeyed God's very clear instructions.
The devil tricked her, but he didn't force her.

We are often like Eve.
Instead of owning up and admitting we've sinned, we try to pass the blame in order to make ourselves look better.

Maybe we blame ...
...our parents—"They're too strict. They make mistakes. They're hypocrites. They don't have time for me. They're too busy. If they were better Christians, I would have turned out better ."

...our friends—"They talked me into it. Everybody else is doing it. They made it look not so bad. They pressured me. They would laugh at me if I'm different."

...the devil

...brothers and sisters—"They were annoying me."
...Or even God—"God could have stopped me. God gave me these desires. God expects too much from me anyway."

One of my husband's coworkers got in trouble with the police for beating up his girlfriend. My husband told me this guy's comment  about his sin was, "It was her fault!"

How often do you try to pass the blame?

People may trick you, deceive you, push you or pressure you into doing what's wrong, but they usually can't force you. With God's help you can still choose to do what's right.
If you do what you know is wrong, it's your fault no matter who was involved.

If you've done wrong, be honest and humble. Put the blame where it rightly belongs –on yourself. Face up to the fact that you did wrong.
 God dealt with Satan for deceiving Eve. And God will deal with those who help you to do wrong.
But God also dealt with Eve for eating the fruit. Don't be like Eve and try and pass the blame. Just own up and ask forgiveness.
The Bible says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
I love this promise! But notice it says if we confess. If we try to pass the blame, God can't forgive and cleanse us.

24 July 2015

Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures

What simple pleasures are you thankful for today?
I read on a blog this week of a lady who had surgery and then found out that what had been taken out was cancerous. She shared some things that she had to be thankful for. This was one of them.
I have a new appreciation and wonder for the simple things in life. Including the ability to wash dishes (which I have always loathed...)
This week I found out our unborn baby has a heart problem and will need surgery after it is born. The thought of being in and out of hospital has made me appreciate normal days at home.
Sometimes we need hard times to make us appreciate all the blessings God has given us.
After I have been sick, I so appreciate just having the energy to do my housework and look after my children!
Are you thankful that you can see? That you can walk? That you can talk? That you can hear? That you can smell delicious food and beautiful scents? There are people who would give anything to be able to do some of these things. And yet a lot of the time we just take it for granted and instead complain!
Are you thankful that you have the energy and ability to work? That you have the opportunity to learn and study? That you know about God? That you have a Bible?
I remember once back when I was single, sighing at all the things I had to do. My life was so busy and it seemed I was needed by everybody to do everything! Then the thought came to me, Imagine if you were sick and unable to do all these things. Be thankful you are able to do them!
This week make a point of being thankful and enjoying life's simple pleasures---baking a cake, going for a walk, spending time with a friend, eating a delicious meal, listening to birds singing, taking a hot shower, playing an instrument, making a craft, having quiet time with God,... and the list goes on.

6 July 2015

Monday Memory Verse

There are many Bible verses I have memorized because I know tunes to them. My dad went to the States once, and he brought back a tape of a lady singing verses she had put to music. All those verses I know by memory now. So I would like to share the tunes I know. Some I have gotten from different places, and some I have made myself. This one was the first one I made.
In case you can't see the video, here is the link on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOilzhVeNq8
John 3:17
God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

After making this video I realized I had already made a video of this verse which is on my music page! But never mind, I'll just share it anyway and make sure I check first next time! :)

5 July 2015

Don't Hide from God!

(Lessons from Eve #6)
And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8b

Are you trying to hide from God?
Is there something you have done that you are trying to hide and keep a secret?
I have just been reading a story about a girl who did something very wrong. But instead of owning up and confessing what she'd done, for years she did her very best to hide her sin. Guess what? She was very miserable, she was always fearful of people finding out and her secret eventually leaked out. It wasn't a true story, but I'm sure it happens often in real life.
Hiding is not the answer.
Hiding our sin is like digging a hole  in the dirt and burying a seed or a bulb! It won't stay hidden. It will grow and eventually come out in the open.

What's the point of hiding anyway? There was no point for Adam and Eve to hide! God knew exactly where they were and what they had done.
God knows exactly what you have done too. He sees in the dark and He sees what no one else sees.
Sin separates us from God.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
When Adam and Eve had sinned, they had no reason to believe that God would forgive them. They had no promises like we have now.
But we know that Jesus Christ came to earth, lived a sinless life, died on the cross and rose again, to make it possible for us to come back to God.
Because of what Jesus Christ has done, we know that God can and will forgive us if we confess and forsake our sin.
We have promises like...
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Instead of hiding what you have done, confess it to God and ask for forgiveness.
And if you aren't sorry for your sin, confess that to God and ask Him to make you sorry and to show you how wrong it really is!

You can be close to God and enjoy His presence and forgiveness!