-When church leaders fall-

 

“If all sin is evil and we are all sinners, what’s Proverbs 13:6 mean? “Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.”

USMC prayer kneeling WC Cpl. Christopher StoneIt was a challenging week as we started it by finding out through social media that the pastor of a church we used to attend some years ago had stepped down. The news was due to ‘moral failure’. It was heartbreaking to say the least. News spread quickly among the congregation and the news media. Speculation, assumptions, talk, what happened? What was he thinking? There’s no confirmation, but talk from a blog and rumors. The church’s website had an ‘official statement’ as people gathered for an special Sunday afternoon announcement, the pastor wasn’t present. It just goes to show you that we cannot place all of our trust in man, but in Christ. Fortunately, this particular church has many great members and leaders and the pastor did teach them from the scripture for many years that we all fall short of God’s glory.

No matter what, it’s still going to be a challenge but the outlook of many have said that the church will go on. And for those who choose to say that they will leave, are bitter, and inconsolable, well that too is a choice. We’ll be praying for that pastor and his wife and children. He’s not alone in his choices and he’s paying with severe consequences. However it all comes down, God is sovereign and He is in control. We’ll just take this one step at a time and go on. We have much to be thankful for and the ministry that this man started will go on. The next chapter is yet to be written and prayerfully those remaining will pick up the pieces and good will come from poor choices.

Although I wouldn’t call the person evil, the sin during a moment of weakness is evil – for this scripture just gives us some direction in Proverbs that we all need to take heed and seek God in all we do and take it all to God in prayer. ~B2B

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Don't Let Sin Build-Up

Today’s Date: January 14, 2010

The Sin Buildup (ODB)

Reading: Gen 30-31:16, Matt 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8, Proverbs 3:13-15 & Our Daily Bread (ODB): II Corin 4:7

S – Scripture:

We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. —2 Corinthians 4:7

O – Observation:

The daily devotions from ODB made me think about asking for daily forgiveness in a different way. Here’s an excerpt: “God has provided a way to clear the accumulation of sins from our lives. First John 1:9 reminds us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But unless we do that often, we’ll be running on diminished power. That’s because the power for living comes from God and not us (2 Cor. 4:7). When we try to live the Christian life in our own strength, we’ll feel defeated—like windmills robbed of their energy.” (See ODB link for full story)

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my daily life by not just knowing that God loves me and forgives me, but that I need to look at my thoughts and actions to correct that which needs to be changed and ask (confess) my sins to the Father. P – Prayer: Father I thank you for your grace, forgiveness, love, patience, understanding, discernment, humility and so many other things you have given to my life. I ask that you forgive me for my sins. Help me to be humble, to admit my sins, when I am wrong, remove the stubbornness that often is crippling until I let go and let you take over. Help me to trust in you and obey your commandments. I hate to argue and want peace, yet those who provoke I need to know if I am to just forgive and let go or do I need to clarify so that we grow from the experience of just move on. Life is so short. Everyday thousands of people die. Some expected, some not. Yesterday a devastating earthquake hit Haiti and an estimated 100K people maybe dead. Many are missing and no communications is possible. Father help those people. Help their families who are desperately trying to reach them, to know that they are safe. Provide for the relief. Let this be an opportunity for those who don’t know you, to know your love and peace. In Jesus name, Amen.

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