We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

 We have all done some things of which we are ashamed…at least I hope so.


Because our shame is what leads to godly sorrow…which leads to true repentance…

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)

 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

 Remember that repentance isn’t simply just asking God for forgiveness, but a made up, resolute mind to completely turn from the sin that we’ve committed or have been practicing. Repentance according to Strong’s Concordance literally means “a change of mind”. All sin, no matter how spontaneous, begins with a thought.

Repentance is a legal U-Turn in your mind…

God wants us to REPENT and not REPEAT!

So, it’s good when we have regret of what we did. In fact, we should make the most of our regrets to be better people. Find out more about this in my article, “How to Make the Most of Your Regrets”.

But, what about when we don’t have regrets? What about those things that we’re glad we did?

It may have given us pleasure…

We may have felt vindicated…

We may have ‘gotten even’ with someone…

It might have given us glory…

We may have gained wealth and prominence…

Whatever the reason…you know in your heart that it was WRONG, but you’re still GLAD (sometimes even proud) you did it.

I remember when I was a teenager, I used to have older men come to me and brag about how they used to ‘run the women’ when they were younger…but not in a shameful, “Don’t make the same mistakes I made” type of way. No, they were bragging. They were trying to impress me. It was clear they were still proud of if. Well, if they’ve asked God to forgive them…the sin is still there.

God only forgives us when we repent. Yes, we’ve all gone back and done some things that we had not only asked forgiveness for, but also promised God that we would not do again. He knew when we said it.

But, God knows the difference in a changed mind that really worked hard, and sometimes even struggled not to go back…And, when someone is actually proud of what they did.

God knows when we unexpectedly end up in tempting situations…And, when we actually position ourselves to commit the same sin again.

Think for a moment. Is there a sin in which God hasn’t forgiven you?

If you’re still glad that you did it…

If you know in your heart that you would do it again…

If you think back on it fondly…

If you sometimes brag about it…

If you have no shame…

Then it’s a good chance that you haven’t repented, and if not…that sin is still there.

Think of how you feel when someone has hurt you, and even though they say they’re “sorry”…they continue to do it over and over, or they don’t show any remorse.

That’s evidence that we’re made in God’s image, the fact that we can hurt just as He hurts when done wrong.

You see…we’re like our Father in heaven…

We want people to REPENT and not REPEAT too.

Examine yourself today. If there is sin in your life that you don’t regret. Pray for a repentant heart. Make an effort to have a total change of mind about that sin.

If you don’t regret it because it gave you pleasure…think of how that pleasure hurt God.

If you don’t regret it because you felt vindicated for got even…forgive.

If you don’t regret it because it gave you glory…think of the fact that you were sharing that glory with the devil and not God.

If you don’t regret it because you gained wealth or prominence…use your resources and influence to give glory to God.

Be ashamed enough of what you did that it hurts you to think of yourself doing it again…

Make a legal U-Turn in your mind.





Are you guilty of idolatry? It’s a sin that many of us think isn’t on our list of personal vices. Of course not! I don’t worship statues. I would never build an idol god.

We all know that worship is not just going to church, but to whom we give our dedication and devotion.

Romans 12:1 (NIV)

 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

The enemy knows he can’t get you to make a golden calf. He knows he can’t get you to bow down to an idol…

But right here, smack dab in the 21st Century he’s cleverly found a way to trick well- meaning Christians into idolatry?

Notice what Colossians Chapter 3 says…

 Colossians 3:5 (NKJV)

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, AND COVETOUSNESS, WHICH IS IDOLATRY. 

The bible teaches us that covetousness (Greed. Greediness. An unquenchable desire for more) is equal to idolatry.



God judges us not by WHAT we do, but WHY we do it…

Matthew 15:8 (NKJV)

 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.

Here are 12 questions to ask yourself to determine if you actually worshipping yourself instead of God

ONE. Has the enemy tricked you into pleasing yourself?

TWO. Has our prosperous society become a stumbling block to you?

THREE. Are you driven by the pursuit of pleasing yourself and getting more material things?

FOUR. Is pleasing yourself your hidden agenda…even in your worship? Not hidden from God. Not necessarily hidden from everyone else. But, hidden from yourself.

FIVE. Did you accept Jesus because you love Him or because of what He can do for you? Yes, He can make our lives here better, but that should not be the primary reason that we come to Him…

John 6:26-27 (NKJV)

 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

SIX. Do you work hard and labor only for yourself every day only to sustain your life, or so you can be a blessing to others? Notice what Ephesians Chapter 4 says…

Ephesians 4:28 (NKJV)

 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with hi shands what is good, THAT HE MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE TO HIM WHO HAS NEED.

SEVEN. Do you serve God and help others to draw attention to and get glory to yourself? Remember what Jesus said about many of the religious leaders of that day…

Matthew 23:5 (NKJV)

But all their works they do to be seen by men. 

EIGHT. Do you get upset when no one praises you or notices what you do ‘for God’?

NINE. Does your job prevent you from regular worship, provoke you to compromise your faith, values, ethics, morals or integrity?

TEN. Do you give in church only motivated by being blessed or being a blessing to His Kingdom? Some Christians treat giving as a ‘blessing bill’. They only give out of fear that God will cut off their blessings, much like their utility bill or mortgage. Giving must be out of love and a desire to fund Kingdom work – not just out of obedience, but with the right heart.

ELEVEN. Do you go to church motivated only by being blessed or to offer the sacrifice of praise and to be equipped for ministry? Many Christians go to church and leave with the attitude that they have done God a favor. We are only doing what we are supposed to do. Read Luke 14:12-14

TWELVE. What is on your mind and heart when you praise or pray? Yes it’s good to praise God…to pray regularly, but we must make sure we are doing it with the right heart. We must be careful we don’t have the mindset, “Thanks for what you’ve done for ME, now give me more!”

If we aren’t careful, we can be faithful in worship, working, giving, prayer, praise and service, but in our hearts we are only doing it for ourselves – not God.

We must be careful not to allow idolatry to sneak into our lives. Be very careful that when you are worshipping that you really aren’t worshipping yourself along with or instead of God.

1 Corinthians 10:14 (NKJV)

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.





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