Sin and the Christian
Because sin is always inexcusable, we should be determined not to sin. But because sin is sometimes inevitable and because provision has been made in case we sin, we should never be discouraged.
So That You Will Not Sin
“So that you will not sin,” says God’s Word. It is as simple as that. Therefore, brothers and sisters, let us not sin!
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when…
The Works of the Flesh
Galatians 5:19–22  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of…
The evidence doesn’t stand a chance. We only see the facts we want. If it suits me, it must be just;All else is false. In Self I trust. And if somehow my Will can’t win,I blame the universe for the sinOf thwarting my unmet desires. The satisfaction Self requires. Copyright Dennis Cortes 2021.
An Ox to the Slaughter
I’ve entered a dark cavern;Tempted to go deep,Until the faintest light is goneAnd I’m as blind as Elymas. The air is warm, the walls are moist;My pace I quicken — then, a noise:There in the dark, some steps away,A Monster crouches for its prey. I hasten to my doom! Copyright Dennis Cortes 2021 Photo by…
One with Wuhan
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) The air has suddenly become deadlyand breathing more precious than ever.Closeness has been suspended;distancing is the norm.The news is not uplifting;fear is on the rise.Businesses are closing;people…
The Christian’s Struggle Against Sin
Romans 7:14-25 NIV  We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want…
How God deals with the sins of his children
Thus, I say, God deals with his saints in great variety; some shall have all their bones broken, when others shall have only the gentle strokes of the rod. We are in the hand of mercy, and he may deal with us as seems good to him; but for our parts, great sins ought to…
A Bitter Thing
“Know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and a bitter [thing], that you have forsaken the Lord your God” (Jer. 2:19). Every sin is a forsaking of the Lord our God. If the heart know not, if it consider not, that it is an evil thing and a bitter [thing] – evil…