35 reasons not to sin

1. Because a little sin leads to more sin.

2. Because my sin invites the discipline of God.

3. Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.

4. Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.

5. Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.

6. Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.

7. Because I am doing what I do not have to do.

8. Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.

9. Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.

10. Because my sin saddens the godly.

11. Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.

12. Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.

13. Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.

14. Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.

15. Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.

16. Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.

17. Because my sin may influence others to sin.

18. Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.

19. Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.

20. Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.

21. Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.

22. Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.

23. Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.

24. Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.

25. Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.

26. Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.

27. Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.

28. Because my sin is adultery with the world.

29. Because, though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.

30. Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.

31. Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.

32. Because to sin is not to love Christ.

33. Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.

34. Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it and His turning of it to good use, never because it is worth anything on it’s own.

35. Because I promised God he would be Lord of my life.

Relinquish Your Rights
Reject the Sin
Renew the Mind
Rely on God

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Psalm 119:10

With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments! -Psalm 119:10

My everything must be committed to learning God’s ways found in His Word and applying it to my life.

Word Meanings

whole: all, any, each, every, anything, totality, everything, complete

heart: inner man, understanding, midst, inclination, resolution, determination (of will), conscience, “seat of appetites/emotions/passions/courage”-Gesenius

seek: enquire, require, frequent (a place), consult, demand, investigate, ask for, practice, study, follow, seek with application, apply oneself

let me not wander: to go astray, err, stray, swerve, meander, reel, roll, be intoxicated, commit sin of ignorance or inadvertence, wander

commandments: of God, code of wisdom, precepts of God, prohibition

Psalm 119:9

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word. -Psalm 119:9

There is no purity of life outside of God’s law.

God’s Word is where we must look for guidance and it’s prescription is what we must joyfully take.

Word Meanings

young man: lad, servant, youth, tenderness of age

keep pure: to be clean, be pure, be clean, be justified, to cleanse, purify oneself, maintain purity of life

way: path, road, way of living, traveller, wayfarer, course of living and acting, mode, manner, condition, lot

guarding: keep, observe, give heed, protect, restrain, retain, treasure up (in memory), be on one’s guard, beware, refrain, attend to, to honor, care for

according to your word: speech, speaking, utterance, business, occupation, acts, matter, case, discourse, promise, precept, edict, oracle, cause, reason

. today . matters .

Today Matters by John Maxwell explores 12 important areas of life in which commitment to succeed is essential. What you do today determines where you will be tomorrow, and this book will motivate you to make today a masterpiece.

Here are some notable quotes from the book:

When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare. -John Wooden

Ultimately, no one can network himself to success unless he has something to offer in the first place. -pg. 7

Growth comes from making decisions and following through on them. -pg. 10 Continue reading

Psalm 119:8

I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me! -Psalm 119:8

How precious to you is God’s presence? I ask.

In what, instead, do you bask?

Turn, I urge, to the task that He asks.

Word Meanings

keep: guard, observe, give heed, keep watch and ward

statutes: “that which is established or definite, an appointed portion, a task, a defined limit, a bound, an appointed law, ordinance” –Gesenius

utterly: as far as, even to, until, up to, as far as (of space, in combination-from…, as far as, both…and (with min. from), of time, of degree), perpetuity of time, eternity, for ever

forsake: leave, loose, forsake, depart from, leave behind, let alone, abandon, neglect, apostatise, let go, to be deserted, “to loosen bands” –Gesenius

People…

People are insecure . . . give them confidence.

People want to feel special . . . sincerely compliment them.

People desire a better tomorrow . . . show them hope.

People need to be understood . . . listen to them.

People are selfish . . . speak to their needs first.

People get emotionally low . . . encourage them.

People want to be associated with success . . . help them win.

– John Maxwell in Today Matters, pg. 227

Psalm 119:7

I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules. -Psalm 119:7

Word Meanings

praise: throw, shoot, cast, give thanks, laud, to confess (the name of God), to show or point out. to profess, to celebrate

upright: straightness, evenness (moral implications), righteous, what is due, that which is just and meet

heart: inner man, mind, will, soul, understanding, midst, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory, inclination, resolution, determination (of will), conscience, seat of appetites/emotions/passions/courage/senses/affections, mode of thinking and acting, seat of will and purpose, intellect and wisdom

learn: to be accustomed, to be trained, discipline

rules: judgment, ordinance, measure, custom, manner, plan

God’s law (His Word) and discipline is a wonderful thing.

It my heart to right thinking will bring,

And learning it will lead to praising my King.

Psalm 119:6

Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. -Psalm 119:6

Word Meanings

put to shame: be ashamed, be disconcerted, be disappointed, to fail in hope and expectation, to disgrace, applied to the mind – troubled, disturbed, confused

“The origin should not apparently be sought in the idea of blushing, but rather in that of paleness and terror…” –Gesenius

“It is applied to enemies and wicked men put to flight after their endeavors are frustrated; to men overwhelmed with unexpected calamity; to a husbandman deprived of hope of harvest. Those are said not to be put to shame, who place their confidence in God.” –Gesenius

look: regard, pay attention to, consider, behold, respect, to follow (with the eyes), to rest one’s hope in

all: the whole, each, every, totality

God is not so much concerned about our self-esteem as He is about the outcome of our lives. This verse speaks not so much of hindering a momentary feeling of embarrassment but of an ultimate disappointment of failed endeavors. All who are not washed clean by the blood of Christ will be eternally disappointed, but those who have been cleansed will enjoy eternal happiness.

We must have our eyes fixed on God’s Word. We must find sustenace and joy in it so that when all else comes to nothing we will still be upheld by a sure foundation/hope.

God’s Word helps us guard against false hopes.


The Lifebuilder's Creed

Today is the most important day of my life.

Yesterday with it’s successes and victories, struggles and failures

is gone forever.

The past is past.

Done.

Finished.

I cannot relive it. I cannot go back and change it.

But I will learn from it and improve my Today.

Today. This moment. NOW.

It is God’s gift to me and it is all that I have.

Tomorrow with all its joys and sorrows, triumphs and troubles isn’t here yet.

Indeed, tomorrow may never come.

Therefore, I will not worry about tomorrow.

Today is what God has entrusted to me.

It is all that I have. I will do my best in it

I will demonstrate the best of me in it–

my character, giftedness, and abilities–

to my family and friends, clients and associates.

I will identify those things that are most important to do Today,

and those things I will do until they are done.

And when this day is done

I will look back with satisfaction at that which I have accomplished.

Then, and only then, will I plan my tomorrow,

Looking to improve upon Today, with God’s help.

Then I shall go to sleep in peace . . . content.

– Dale Witherington

2010…looking forward with numbers

All of the following are estimates/hopes, subject to change, and subject to God’s will. As He gives strength, I desire to accomplish those things upon which I have significant influence.

1 baccalaureate degree completed

1 solo recital performed

1 mission trip realized

2 primers constructed

3 family members interviewed for a family autobiography

81 concerts played in

10 hymns learned and transposed on piano

12 months of income and expense thoroughly documented

12.3 megapixel camera studied in one photography course

14 days European air breathed

23rd birthday celebrated

23-year-old dear friend’s wedding attended

23+ years of pictures/documents scanned

24 keys (music) studied and played

25 days walked on African soil

40 violin recordings made and posted

40 weeks of violin practice time graphed and posted

40 books read and reviewed

50 personal letters written and sent

52 combined years of family history outlined

1202 square feet of personal space kept tidy

156-yr. old book re-designed, published, and promoted

220-yr. old city visited and partially toured

365 verses memorized and quoted

365 verses pondered in blog posts

800 hours spent making a piece of wood sing

9803 pixels wide web design studied and experimented with

1. approximation
2. approximation
3. had to figure out a way to represent web design by a number…