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Sin Is Never A Virtue

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

 It was Mark Twain who, tongue in cheek, said, “A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue”  There has never been a time when Isaiah’s words are as true as it is today. From the sexual revolution of the 60’s, and several generations of kids raised by those who succumbed to those troublous years, we are reaping the whirlwind of judgment from the Lord. Just as God gave up Paul’s pagan generation because it chose not to have God in their knowledge, God has allowed our generation to become destined for judgment.


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What Does God Look Like 3

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7). 

John tells us that love is from God and those who love know God. We are to love one another. What does godly love look like? We are going to go to I Corinthians 13:4-8a and look at the characteristics of love. 


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Are You Thirsty Still?

“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Ps 34:8). 

Tozer is one of my favorite devotional writers of the past. He could put a great theological truth in just a few words. But one of the most moving things he ever wrote was a prayer. I share it with you here: 

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show my Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.” 

We need to recognize our lack of desire for spiritual things. We need to experience what it is like to actually taste God’s goodness, and how this increases our desire for greater spiritual nourishment. Do you remember the last time you were so thirsty that once you got water you couldn’t stop drinking? Have you or I been so thirsty for God’s word that we couldn’t stop allowing God to speak to us through His word?  

When was the last time we asked God to show Himself through Jesus? What do we know about Jesus? Jesus said if You’ve seen Me you’ve seen the Father. Have you prayed, “Father, increase our faith”? Have we exclaimed, “I believe, help my unbelief”? Where were you spiritually this time last year? Can you even remember? What have you done differently to make your journey with Jesus complete? Where will you be a year from now? Are we doing the same thing and expecting different results?  

I believe most people are just about as spiritual as they want to be to be content with where they are. I also believe that many are miserable because they are where they’ve been for years. Read Tozer’s prayer slowly, thoughtfully, and make those requests your quests. 

Hymn: “Take Time To Be Holy” 

Father, convict us for our lack of convictions, increase our passion to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Turn us from evil, and give us more love for others that demonstrates our love for You. In His precious name, Amen. 

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

rredden604@aol.com