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If One Man Sin Against Another (Thursday, October 5, 2017)

1 Samuel 2:25 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.

Introductory Thoughts

The scripture clearly identifies two categories of sin: sins against the Lord and sins against man (Exodus 10:16; 1 Samuel 2:25). It is important to note that every sin against man is also a sin against the Lord. Yet, every sin against the Lord is not necessarily a sin against man. The Bible confirms this truth when it says, “when ye sin so against the brethren . . . ye sin against Christ.” (1 Corinthians 8:12). When a man sins against other men, he sins against man’s Creator. For this reason, He is not only accountable to make that sin right with the Lord but also with the man against whom he has sinned. As for the wronged individual, he should be ready to forgive those who have sinned against him (Matthew 18:21-22).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Saul’s persecution of others was also against Christ (Acts 9:1-5). Read the prodigal son’s confession to his father (Luke 15:21). Stephen forgave his enemies (Acts 7:59-60). Joseph forgave his brothers (Genesis 50:15-21). What can we learn from these events?
• (For everyone): Have you wronged others without trying to make it right? Is it worth hindering your walk with God because you refuse to make things right with others?
• Have you been wronged by others? Do you pray for them and, more specifically, their walk with God? Would you be willing to forgive them as Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32)?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask the Lord to show you if you have sinned against others.
• Ask God for the courage to make things right.

SONG: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS

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Against Thee Only Have I Sinned (Tuesday, October 3, 2017)

Psalm 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Introductory Thoughts

Most people view sin as a private or earthy matter. Yet, every sin that a man commits is a sin against the Lord. According to scripture, men can sin against God the Father (Genesis 20:6), God the Son (1 Corinthians 8:12), and God the Spirit (Matthew 12:31). These sins include such things as adultery (Genesis 39:9), idolatry (Exodus 23:33; Deuteronomy 9:16; Deuteronomy 20:18), lying to a neighbour (Leviticus 6:2), and disobeying the commandments of God (Nehemiah 9:29; Jeremiah 40:3). A man who chooses to sin against the Lord chooses for himself shame (Jeremiah 3:25; Hosea 4:7), confusion (Daniel 9:8), and distress (Zephaniah 1:17). None of these outcomes are the will of God for men.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): When Ananias and Sapphira lied to the apostles, they were actually lying to God (Acts 5:1-11; Zechariah 8:16). God sent Abigail to prevent David from doing something he would regret later—seeking revenge (1 Samuel 25:27-33, 39; Romans 12:19). Ask God to keep you from disobeying His commandments.
• (For everyone): Read Genesis 20:3-6. Why did God withhold Abimelech from sinning against God? How could this principle also suggest that God might, at times, withhold you from sinning against Him?
• Read Psalm 119:11. How can God’s word keep you from sinning? What does the verse suggest that we should do with God’s word?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask the Lord to work in your heart to withhold you from sinning.
• Ask God to help you hide His word in your heart.

SONG: MY SOUL FORGETS

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When Lust Hath Conceived (Monday, October 2, 2017)

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Introductory Thoughts

Sin is not something that man does by accident. It is something that man allows or willingly does based upon an unwillingness to stop any act before it becomes sin. The scripture offers a process for sin: “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:14). It appears that temptation in and of itself is not sin, but one’s submission to that temptation is what constitutes sin. The Bible states this truth by saying, “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin” (James 1:15). It is encouraging to understand the process. Although every man faces temptations and many of these temptations are unavoidable, sin is avoidable. When a man gives in to temptation, he chooses to sin.

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Instead of trusting God and His word (Genesis 2:17), when the Devil tempted Eve, she willingly partook of the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-6; cp. 1 John 2:16). Consider how Jesus handled temptation (Matthew 4:1-10). He told His disciples to watch and pray (Matthew 26:41).
• (For everyone): As long as men dwell in a sinful world, temptations are going to be unavoidable. Why is it such a blessing to know that God does not constitute temptation as sin?
• Think of some examples where you might put this principle to the test. At what point did each of those things move from temptation to sin?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to help you to recognize lust before it comes sin.
• Thank the Lord for the truth found in His word.

SONG: COME, THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING

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Church Day (Sunday, October 1, 2017)

Sin—found 564 times in 478 verses in the Old Testament and 271 times in 229 verses in the New Testament

Variations: sin, sinful, sinned, sinner, sinners, sinnest, sinneth, sinning, sins

Last usage in the Old Testament: Zechariah 13:1 (sin)

First usage in the New Testament: Matthew 1:21 (sins)

Defined: the transgression of the law

Interesting fact: The four books of First John, Romans, Leviticus, and Hebrews each have a higher frequency of sin references compared to the other books of the Bible. That being said, these books serve as great resources for discovering the identity of, nature of, and atonement for sin.

Bible study tip: When studying church music, one can break the study down to a study of lyricists/lyrics, composers/music, and hymn history. These same divisions should be considered when studying music in the Bible. Who are the main lyricists? What instruments were used? Were certain instruments implemented for certain types of songs? What were the various subjects found in the lyrics? Where do you find the Bible’s songbook?

Sunday, Day 267—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 268—When Lust Hath Conceived
Tuesday, Day 269—Against Thee Have I Sinned
Wednesday, Day 270—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 271—If One Man Sin Against Another
Friday, Day 272—The Thing Became Sin
Saturday, Day 273—Adding Sin to Sin
Day 267: Church Day
Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

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God Hates Sin (Saturday, September 30, 2017)

Deuteronomy 9:18 And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

Introductory Thoughts

Sin angers God. It provokes Him to jealousy (1 Kings 14:22). According to Psalm 7:11, “God is angry with the wicked every day.” He “trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (Psalm 11:5). God loves faith and righteousness; both serve as the enemies of sin (Romans 14:23; 1 John 5:17). In the days of Noah, sin grieved the Lord so badly that the Bible says it repented God that he had made man on the earth (Genesis 6:6). Sin is so offensive to God that the Bible declares God to be “of purer eyes than to behold evil” (Habakkuk 1:13). One day, God will create an environment that excludes sin of any kind (Revelation 22:15).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God hates all sin (Psalm 5:4-5; Proverbs 6:16-19; Ephesians 5:5-6). Any sin can be forgiven, but it has to be through the blood of Christ (Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5). Call upon Him today (Romans 10:9-10, 13; Acts 16:31).
• (For everyone): Sin is exceedingly sinful in the eyes of God. How does this affect His dealings with man? How should the fact that God hates sin cause men to fear?
• Are you saved? Should you continue to sin because you have been redeemed by the Lord? How should your love for Him cause you to hate what He hates?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask God to help you hate sin as He hates sin.
• Call upon God’s forgiveness for your sins.

SONG: GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN

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My Sins Are Not Hid (Friday, September 29, 2017)

Psalm 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

Introductory Thoughts

The Bible says that “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3). His eyes are upon all men’s ways: they are not hid from God’s face, neither is their iniquity hid from His eyes (Jeremiah 16:17). “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). Regardless of all of man’s efforts, he is completely incapable of hiding his wickedness from a God that fills heaven and earth (Jeremiah 23:24). The Lord knows man’s foolishness (Psalm 69:5); He can search it out although it is hidden in the very depths of man’s heart (Psalm 44:20-21).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): 1 John 3:20 says, “God . . . knoweth all things.” Consider these other verses that support this truth: Job 10:14; Job 14:16; Job 31:4; Job 34:21; Proverbs 5:21; Jeremiah 32:19; Ezekiel 11:5. Why is it important to know that God knows all things?
• (For everyone): Are you hoping that God cannot see what you are doing? Are you prayerful that God does not know the thoughts of your heart? You are going to be disappointed!
• How does God feel about sin? What does it mean for men that God can plainly see all their sins? Why is it vain for man to seek ways to hide his sins from God?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask the Lord to remind you every day that He can see all.
• Ask God to give you a heart for those who are deceived by sin.

SONG: AMAZING GRACE!

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All Have Sinned (Thursday, September 28, 2017)

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Introductory Thoughts

The word of God is truth (John 17:17). As such, it does not always paint man in a positive light, yet it always accurately portrays him. It is in this line of thinking that the Bible says, “there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:3; Romans 3:12). According to scripture, “there is no man that sinneth not” (1 Kings 8:46). Solomon added, “for there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). All men have transgressed God’s holy law, that is, all but one. Only the Lord Jesus Christ walked this earth being tempted in all points, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): God only has to say something one time for it to be true. He made sure man was aware of his sinful condition (Psalm 53:1-3; Psalm 130:3; Proverbs 20:9; Isaiah 53:6; 1 John 1:8-10). Thank the Lord for His great love (2 Corinthians 5:21).
• (For everyone): All have sinned; that includes you. Sin must be paid for. What payment for sins have you sought out? Are you trying to earn heaven by your own righteousness?
• Thinking back over your life before you were saved, of what sins did the Lord convict you in order to bring you to the knowledge that you needed to trust His Son?

Prayer Thoughts

• If you have never trusted Christ as Saviour, call upon Him now!
• Thank the Lord for allowing you to see your sinful condition.

SONG: HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOUR!

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The Knowledge of Sin (Tuesday, September 26, 2017)

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Introductory Thoughts

When man shuns God’s word, he passes up his only hope for knowing what sin is and how it affects him both now and for all eternity. This helps to understand why men have lowered God’s standards and decided to accept things once labeled as sin. These sins are now called “alternate lifestyles” or “matters of opinion” rather than referring to them as sin. According to the scripture, it is the very law of God that provides man with the knowledge of what sin is (Romans 3:20). That law was never designed to boost man’s ego for keeping it, but rather, to give man a more perfect understanding of his guilt before God (Romans 3:19). According to Paul, he would not have known sin, but by the law (Romans 7:7-9).

Devotional Thoughts

• (For children): Because of man’s sinful nature, God gave us a set of rules to distinguish right from wrong along with how to treat Him and others (Galatians 3:19a; Romans 4:15b). Because God has provided us with the truth, we have no excuse for not knowing what God expects of each of us (Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:11).
• (For everyone): How do you know about sin? How would your life be different if you had never heard or read the word of God? How did the Bible, although at times wounding you, improve you as a person?
• What are some passages the Lord used to show you that you were a sinner? Have you thanked God for that knowledge?

Prayer Thoughts

• Ask the Lord to continue to identify your sins through His law.
• Thank God for the knowledge He has given you.

SONG: MAJESTIC SWEETNESS SITS ENTHRONED

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