We do ourselves a lot of harm by holding onto sinful attitudes. It can make us sick. David described what it was like when he failed to repent. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me. My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. (Ps 32:3-4)...more
Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.(Matt 9:17) We have to become transformed by the renewing of our mind. (Rom 12:2) That is more than just believing something new. Changes have to be made, and at the soul level....more
Do you get frustrated that other people talk about hearing God, but it seems like you never can? Maybe you hear Him from time to time, but never as much as you want. Sin acts as a roadblock in our relationship with God. It can literally set up barriers so we don’t hear Him. I’m not talking about overt sin, but that will definitely block hearing Him. Unforgiveness is a sin....more
But about five years ago, my husband and I began a journey to a more observant life and came to understand that these days -- the Days of Awe -- have a deep meaning indeed. We pray that God will write us in the Book of Life for another year. "On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed." It is a chance to think about how we live -- and love. Of what kinds of people we really are, and how we treat those around us. We repent those sins we know we have committed and those we don't realize we've done. Here's what I wrote about it on my own blog a couple of years ago.