Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Stumbling Blocks

During my devotional reading this morning I came across Luke 17:1-2, in which Christ reminds His followers not to be stumbling to "these little ones." I began thinking of how I might cause others to sin in one way or another, and I wanted to transparently list those out for everyone that it may spur other believers to examine their own lives as well.

Here's the information from my journal, formatted a little differently from its original. I basically saw a problem, found a Bible passage that addressed my sin condition, and wrote a short prayer for God to change me based on His Word:

Be careful not to cause others to sin. In what ways might I do that?
  • Sarcastic & critical spirit--Instead of sarcasm, give me gracious and salty speech (Colossians 4:6). Instead of a critical spirit, give me a tender heart & a humble mind (1 Peter 3:8).
  • Deeper devotion to theology than God Himself--Instead of a deeper devotion to theology [than God], help me to see Christ as preeminent in all things (Colossians 1:18).
  • Empty moralism--Instead of empty moralism, help me not to submit to legalism's yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).
  • Lack of evangelistic fervor--Instead of a lack of evangelistic fervor, constantly stir my heart with the thrust of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
  • Anxiety--Instead of anxiety, remind me to be anxious for nothing but to turn to You in thankful prayer (Philippians 4:6).
  • Distrust--Instead of distrust, help me to grow in love, which believes all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).


Mary Ann said...

why do you put in your emails that you have sinned? I am a very spiritual person and my heart feels always sad when I hear someone saying that they have sinned. God made you not perfect so of course you do wrong things, but the lord does not judge you, the mankind will judge..because we are easily controlled this way. Forgive yourself and remember that god never found you as a sinner.

Jordan said...

I think you do struggle in those areas, but I dont call you out on them like i probably should as your brother in Christ.