Sin is not the Christians lifestyle

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 lists a lot of sins, but then Paul distinguishes a believer from the unbeliever when he says ” And such were some of you”. Those sins had defined the people before they knew Christ those sins no longer defined them. 1 John 3 tells us that if we know Christ we will not continue practicing sin. A Christian can fall into all kinds of sin (Romans 3:23) but if we continue in these sins by making them a lifestyle we never knew Jesus from the start (7: 21-23). 

99.9 percent

How About 99.9%?
When the Ritz-Carlton Hotels won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the owner of that outstanding organization, Mr. William Johnson, stated that now they would need to work even harder to earn the respect that came with the award. “Quality,” he said, “is a race with no finish line.”
He is correct. Competitive excellence requires 100% all of the time. Ever tracked the consequences of “almost but not quite”? According to some fine research by Natalie Gabal, if 99.9% were considered good enough, then this year alone . . . 2,000,000 documents would be lost by the IRS; 12 babies would be given to the wrong parents each day; 291 pacemaker operations would be performed incorrectly; 20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions would be written (to cite just a few examples).
Instead of applying this negatively to the practical side of life, I’d much rather compare it positively to the theological. Remember that forgotten word “justification”? Justification is the sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while that person is still in a sinning state. He doesn’t suddenly make us righteous (we still sin). He declares us righteous. How righteous does God declare us? One hundred percent righteous. Stop and think: Upon believing in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death and bodily resurrection, the once-lost sinner is instantly, unconditionally, and permanently “declared 100% righteous.” Anything less and we are not righteous . . . we’re almost righteous.
If we were declared 99.9% righteous, some verses would have to be rewritten. Like Isaiah 1:18, which might then read: “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘though your sins are as scarlet, they will be light pink.’”
Nonsense! The promise of sins forgiven is all or nothing.
Unlike the earthly race for excellence, the race against sin had a finish line. Otherwise, when Jesus breathed His last breath, He would’ve said, “It is almost finished.” And we would have to keep working at it, adding to something Christ didn’t finish at the cross.
Let’s never, ever forget that God is into “white as snow,” not light pink.
If Christ had paid 99.9% of the debt of sin, not one of us would have a chance at heaven (see Romans 4:4-5).
— by Chuck Swindoll

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Gentiles were part of King Davids mighty men.

There were a number of Gentiles among King David’s mighty men.  They were Zelek the Ammonite. Uriah the Hittite, Igal of Zobah, Iggai the Gittite, and maybe there were more that we don’t know about. Davids deeds on the battlefield had made his God famous, and David actively sought to convert foreigners to the God of Israel. Missionary work did exist in the OT, and this is where these men came from. 

There is a description of David’s mighty men in 1 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. 

Psalm 32:1-11

Most scholars agree that this Psalm and Psalm 51 were responses to David’s sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel ch. 11). For a while, David did not ask God to forgive him. When he asked forgiveness from God, and He forgave David. David repented to God. 

David uses three words to describe disobeying God: Disobedience, sin, and doing bad things. These three words describe all the ways we disobey God. 

Next, David uses three words for what God does: God forgives, God covers, and He does not hold our sin against us: He will save us from going to hell for doing it. 

In verses 3-5 we see where David asks God’s forgiveness. A burden was lifted from David when he asked for forgiveness from God and he was once again happy. God always forgives us if we ask Him no matter what we have done. 

In verses 6-7 we see that David now feels different. He now feels free from sin. He tells everyone “Pray to God” He means if you sin ask God to forgive you; do not wait”. God was David’s hiding place. God will hide us from the bad times that are sure to come. He will keep us safe. 

Verses 8-9 is God speaking now. God will always show us what we should do if we will ask Him. We should be people God can talk to, not like the animals.

In verses 10-11 we see that the people who trust God will not be sad. The only real way to be happy is to ask God to forgive you for your sin. You will have a clean heart then. It will be as though you have never sinned. 


The day of our Lord

“For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2).We don’t know when Christ Jesus will return, but we do know that when He comes again, it will be sudden and swift. Therefore, we must prepare for His return by maintaining a constant awareness that He could return at any moment.

Jeremiah 11:11 (God will not hear Judahs cry for help)

God would not hear Judah’s cry for help. They had broken God’s covenant (verses 2-8). They had broken God’s covenant and had gone off into paganism (verses 9-10). Therefore their fellowship with God was broken and He would not hear their requests. Where there is Godless living (Isaiah 56:11-12) neglecting those in need (Isaiah 58:6-9) and carelessness in regarding the clear instructions of God (Jeremiah 35:17), God cannot honor the person praying. As a matter of fact, the one who does this in danger of divine judgment (Zechariah 7: 8-14). However, God will answer the call of His people who are intimate with him (Job 13:22; Job 14:14-15; Psalms 22:24-25; Psalms 91:15; Psalms 102:1-2; Isaiah 58:9; Isaiah 65:27). 

The word, Therefore, connects verse 10 which tells about the breaking of the covenant. Their deliberate unfaithfulness will bring evil on them. 

Did Adam and Eve repent of their sin?

At first, they did not. We can only speculate the grief and the other emotions they must have felt as they left the garden. 

However, sorrow gave way to hope because life continued in Chapter 4. God revealed Himself to them in a new way after their sin. He taught them lessons of hope: the significance of the coverings He made for them; their deliverance from danger if they stayed in the garden and the promise of a Savior. 

Surely they obeyed when offering sacrifices because their sons did this (Genesis 4:1-4). 

Obey law, be patient, pray, stay faithful

 The situation churches face because of the COVID-19 outbreak is unique and temporary. Once the threat has passed, we will be free to return to our meetings and ministries as before. Pastors should not feel they are disobeying God by obeying the governing authorities during these unique times.

These are tough times. You can witness by using the internet, e-mail, text messages, or landline phone calls, and pray for people (James 5:16). The pastors of the churches are keeping up with the people. The hardships that this epidemic has brought with it will not last forever. In the meantime, we should obey the law (Romans 13:1-2), be patient (John 13:7), stay faithful (Hebrews 11:1). 

Frustration and prayer

God understands our emotions because He gave them to us. The Bible tells us to rejoice and pray without ceasing because that pleases God (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV). Romans 8:26-27 tells us that the Spirit helps us with our weaknesses because we do not know how to pray as we should. We are to always pray. We all must learn to pray in faith for the things God has promised. Receive by faith whatever God gives be it a yes or no answer. If you do this frustration will change to trust.

The right choice

By faith, Moses, when he came to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Hebrews 11:24, 25.–{CC 81.1}
In the schools of Egypt, Moses received the highest civil and military training. Of great personal attractions, noble in form and stature, of cultivated mind and princely bearing, and renowned as a military leader, he became the nation’s pride. [25]–{CC 81.2}
All who occupied the throne of the Pharaohs must become members of the priestly caste, and Moses as the heir apparent was to be initiated into the mysteries of the national religion… But while he was an ardent and untiring student, he could not be induced to take part in the worship of the gods. They threatened him with the loss of the crown and warned that the princess would disown him should he persist in his adherence to the Hebrew faith. But he was unshaken in his determination to render homage to none save the one God….–{CC 81.3}
They fit Moses to take pre-eminence among the great of the earth, to shine in the courts of its most glorious kingdom, and to sway the scepter of its power. His intellectual greatness distinguishes him above the great men of all ages. As a historian, poet, philosopher, general of armies, and legislator, he stands without a peer. Yet with the world before him, he had the moral strength to refuse the flattering prospects of wealth and greatness and fame….–{CC 81.4}
Moses had been instructed regarding the final reward to be given to the humble and obedient servants of God, and worldly gain sank to its proper insignificance in comparison. The magnificent palace of Pharaoh and the monarch’s throne were held out as an inducement to Moses, but he knew that the sinful pleasures that make men forget God were in its lordly courts. He looked beyond the gorgeous palace, beyond a monarch’s crown, to the high honors that will be bestowed on the saints of the Highest in a kingdom untainted by sin. He saw by faith an imperishable crown that the King of heaven would place on the brow of the overcome. [26] – {CC 81.5} Conflict and Courage March 1