Today is May 17, 2019

Verse of the Day — John 15:5

. . . apart from Me you can do nothing.


Why waste your effort?


Human effort has no value to God whatsoever unless it is done for and through His Son, Jesus Christ. That’s why our heart motives are so critical.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7

We can do things that appear to be great, in our own strength, and they will count for nothing. On the other hand, we can do even the smallest thing, unnoticed by others, out of love for Him, and it will count for eternity.

. . . And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment . .&nbsp. —Isaiah 64:6

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. —John 15:4

What an incredible invitation we have every minute of every day—to abide in Christ Himself and to take part in the eternal work that He is doing!

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Dear Compass,

I have heard several Bible teachers refer to sin causing people to be sick. Are sin and sickness actually tied together?


Jesus did tie health directly to sin when He said to the Jews under Law:

. . . do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you —John 5:14

For those living in the Church Age, the Bible warns us about unrepentant sin, that we risk being in a “sickness unto death.” (John 11:4, 1 John 5:16). There are also consequences of sin, but sickness is just one of many possibilities. For instance:

  • Homosexuality/promiscuity may result in AIDS.

    and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. —Romans 1:27
  • Committing adultery may cause marriage problems.

  • Stealing may cause you to end up in jail.
You were born with a sin nature.

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. —1 Corinthians 15:22

That’s why you won’t live forever on this earth. And your sin nature causes you to have sickness and disease unrelated to any physical actions or sin on your part. Therefore, you can’t say that just because someone is sick, they are in sin. And never forget that even though we have a sin nature (“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” —1 John 1:8), we are clean before God.

As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
—Psalm 103:12

having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. —Colossians 2:14

Our sins have been paid for on the Cross (See Colossians 2:14 above).

Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account. —Romans 4:8


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