God Invites Sinners
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
When you are tempted to sin, how does it happen? Does a sinful thought just pop into your head (like Wouldn't you like to taste that cookie your mother told you not to touch?)? Do you give in to temptations to sin right away, or do you try to fight sin?
Our fleshly nature can be very smart. It can invite us to sin. We tell ourselves lies about what sin can do for us, how "little" some sins can be when compared to others, and how it is fine to sin now as long as we live better later on. We can make all kinds of excuses and reasons for sinning. There is a part of each one of us that is inclined to give in to the arguments of sin. We want to be "happy," even if not truly happy, and even if it is only for a season. And sin sells us a lie that it can bring us happiness.
When we believe the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil, we will eventually discover that sin never brings us the good it pretends it can. Sin always brings destruction. There is an old song that goes, "Sin will take you farther than you want to go; slowly, but wholly taking control. Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay. Sin will cost you far more than you want to pay."
On the other hand, every sinner always has an open invitation from God, and this open invitation is definitely a better one! God invites sinners to come and reason together with Him, not listen to the lies of the flesh any longer. God offers fellowship with Himself. He offers forgiveness of sin and a "clean slate" that lets us start all over again. When He declares us righteous based on Jesus Christ's righteousness, He makes us just as if we had never even sinned in the first place.
The next time the world, the flesh, or the devil seem to be calling out to you and throwing out "good reasons" to sin, remember that Someone else is calling out to you, too. He is saying, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Really, isn't it obvious Whose invitation is better? Isn't it clear which invitation you ought to accept?
Unlike our enemies, God invites us to be forgiven and to become able to fellowship with Him.
» Am I struggling lately with temptation to a particular sin?
» Am I in the habit of saying "yes" to sinful desires instead of considering what God would want?
» How can I show in my life that I believe God's invitation is more worth accepting?
Truth In Real Life
Frances Ridley Havergal
“I committed my soul to the Savior, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment.”
Frances Ridley Havergal was born in England on December 14, 1836. Her father, William Henry Havergal, was a well-known and well-respected hymn writer. She would grow up to be much like her godly and talented father.
From an early age, Frances was well-educated. She learned to read at age 3, began memorizing the Bible at age 4, and wrote her first poetry at age 7. As a teenager, she memorized entire books of the Bible, including Psalms, Isaiah, and most of the New Testament!
Her father encouraged her to write hymns and sent her to study in Germany when she was 16. While in Germany, she devoted her life to Jesus Christ.
Frances wrote 71 hymns in the English language, including “Like a River Glorious”; “Who is on the Lord’s Side?”; and “Take My Life, and Let it Be.” She also wrote the music for some of her hymns, and her father wrote the music for others.
Frances Ridley Havergal and Fanny Crosby – two of the most famous women hymn writers in history – were contemporaries, which means they were living at the same time. Although they never met in person until they reached heaven, they were friends and pen pals. Frances once sent this poem to her friend Fanny:
Dear blind sister over the sea –
An English heart goes forth to thee.
We are linked by a cable of faith and song,
Flashing bright sympathy swift along
One in the East and one in the West,
Singing for Him whom our souls love best.
Are you using the gifts and talents and opportunities God’s given you? Do you use them for yourself or for His glory? Do you value God’s Word? Have you ever learned a Bible passage just because you wanted to?
Psalm 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.