One of the hardest things for some people to do is to quit something that they have started. Sometimes you know what you are doing does not make much sense, but out of fear for what your friends will say, you proceed. But you do not need your friends’ approval to quit that which you know will only bring temporary reward.
The Bible says, Wide and crowded is the path that leads to destruction. But the road that leads to everlasting life is narrow and lonely because not many people find it.
Folks, everybody has a choice, so it is up to you to choose which direction you want to take. Saul of Tarsus was on the broad path wreaking havoc, but God stopped him in his track and changed his name to Paul. Paul became a new person. And he never looked back. Today, he is the most revered apostle.
There is something higher than material things-there is something more significant than the pleasures of this world. But you will never know until you quit travelling on the broad path.
Even though the Bible tells us not to worry when problems come, we do anyway. And yet, only a few of us, if any at all have experienced the plethora of issues the apostle, Paul endured without worrying. Despite his more than fair share of problems-threats on his life, beatings and imprisonments, he writes the following.
Be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 KJV. Bible Gateway
Essentially, Paul is saying if your problem cause you to worry, it means you do not have a solution. Hence it is time to take it to Jesus in prayer.
Presumptuous sins are rampant in the world and the Church. And it appears humans cannot avoid committing them. But even though temptation follows you wherever you are, yielding is a choice.
What is a presumptuous sin?
It is an intentional rebellious or sinful act committed by a human being. The transgressor committed the act with full knowledge that it is immoral. Presumptuous sins are premeditated. There is intent to commit a wrong and time to deliberate before the action.
In Psalm 19:12-13, King David prays to God for protection and forgiveness from presumptuous sin, knowing his own human weakness and powerlessness against this enemy, this disease of the soul, this foreign invader in all humans.
But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.Psalm 19:12-13 NIV Bible Gateway
David, like many of us, could not resist the temptation to commit presumptuous sin. He conjured up, plotted and committed adultery with Bathsheba. And when he realized she was pregnant; he had her husband killed to cover up his transgression. But God exposed him.
There are many David’s and Bathsheba’s in the Church. Therefore, it should not surprise anyone that many of the people who paraded themselves as praise and worship leaders, choir members and ministers are some of the worst offenders.
But none of us is perfect. After all, the Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). So, even though you may not sin presumptuously, you are not sinless. The Bible says, “If you say you are sinless, you deceive yourself, and the truth is not within in you.” (Romans 3:23).
Indeed, nobody goes through life without ever having an urge to yield to temptation. But Luke 4:1-13 proved that we can resist temptation if our heart and minds are intuned with God.
Jesus’ overall goal was to save souls for the Kingdom of God. But He loved children.
Matthew 19 depicts an exciting interaction between Jesus and little children. The Bible says Jesus departed Galilee and entered the coast of Judaea. A multitude followed him, and he healed them.
Then the people brought several small children unto Jesus that He may lay hands on them and pray. His disciples objected. But Jesus over-ruled them and said: ” Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Trials are real, and they come in various kinds. Every Human being faces them. The Bible says “…Count it all joy, my brothers, and sisters, when you meet different types of trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him, (James 1:1-5).
Still, it is difficult for anyone who is going through tough times to count that as joy. When tribulation comes to us, our first thoughts are to find a way out. And when we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, we tend to panic. But James is telling us to face our trials with steadfastness. Because in the end, everything will work out in our favor.
So, brothers and sisters, the next time life hits you out of nowhere and barely leaves you holding on. And when you are tired of fighting, chained by your control. There is freedom in surrender, lay your burden at Jesus’ feet and let it go. Then you will find out that your world is not falling apart. It is falling into place. Your heavenly Father is sitting on the throne. Stop holding on and let Him hold you.
Heavenly Father and Father of all fathers, today is the day earth people honor our fathers. But there is none like you, Lord. Some men have many sons. But you have one, and you sent Him to die on Calvary’s wretched cross for the sins of the world.
I thank you for all fathers, Lord. Thank you for the new and inexperienced ones as well as the old and wise ones. Father, I thank you for those who have stood by their children through thick and thin. Lord, I thank you for the one who, though not perfect, has nonetheless live an exemplary life that that children everywhere would want to emulate.
Father, thank you for that new father who is willing to endure sleepless night to care for his newborn. And thank you for those fathers who work multiple jobs to provide for their family. Amen.