Is Not “Caring” Considered a “DEADLY SIN”?

I hope everyone reading this is have an AMAZING Sunday, and if you aren’t then I hope everyone reading this will send you wonderful prayers of encouragement!

Please, if you’re reading this and are having an AMAZING weekend then please pray for those that are struggling.

Now, to the point of this article I’m trying to write, and I hope it turns out well, but I was thinking the other day about what I titles this article:

“Is Not Caring Considered a DEADLY SIN?”

In John 15, Jesus reminds His disciples that in order to bear fruit, they must remain in him. Acedia is the refusal to do the things necessary to abide. It is the lack of care that causes the slow fade.

What Acedia Means in the Bible

While the Greek term never appears in the New Testament, the concept derives from biblical teaching. In the Garden of Gethsemane, when tempted in the time of despair, Jesus sets the example for his disciples. The Son goes off to pray to the Father in his time of need, while challenging his followers to stand watch. After some time, Jesus returns to find the disciples sleeping out of exhaustion from sorrow (Luke 22:45). The Messiah rebukes his followers and asks them to get up and pray so they will not fall into temptation.

In Revelation, the church of Laodicea is rebuked for its lack of spiritual zeal. Their self-sufficiency and lack of confession caused them to lack fellowship with Christ and neglect the needs of others. As a result, their presence was sickening to the Lord (Revelation 3:14-18). The cure for their condition was repentance and acceptance of Christ’s invitation of rebuke, discipline, and fellowship.

What Are the Symptoms of Acedia?

How do we know if we struggle with acedia? In the parable of the talents, the good and faithful servants were the ones who, while the Master was away, utilized what had been entrusted to them to produce more for the Master. The unwise servant, out of faithlessness, fear, and sloth, did nothing with what he was given. In return, the talent was taken from him and given to another (Matthew 25:14-30). Using the parable as an example, acedia exists when we allow our misunderstandings about ourselves or Christ to impede us from the kingdom work to which he calls us—showing faithful love to God and others. The symptoms can range from a failure of repentance to failure to adhere to the needs of others. The primary characteristic is a lack of care within our priority and superiority of Christ.

How to Overcome the Sin of Acedia

Like the Laodiceans, we struggle with presumed self-sufficiency and succumbing to the pressure of the culture war. Our jobs, (Or for me my college courses) families, and social obligations begin to dictate our schedules. Before we realize, fellowship with the Father has become a forgotten pastime, or something we think happens only at a spiritual retreat. So how do we overcome the temptation to give up our first love in moments of weakness?

1 – Develop and Practice Spiritual Disciplines

Many times, people argue against spiritual disciplines because they do not want to appear legalistic in their religion. Understanding that some spiritual disciplines help develop a love relationship can soften hearts to the study of God’s Word, prayer, and worship. A marital relationship does not stay exciting by simply living in the same house. The couple must communicate regularly, oftentimes scheduling time together. Calendaring out time for God physically places Him as a priority on our calendars.

2 – Continue to Reset and Re-evaluate our Focus

I have often had a focus verse to help guide me through the quarter or through the year. This has helped me focus on how I felt God was leading me for a particular season. Proverbs 29:18 states that where there is no vision, the people perish, but happy and blessed is he who keeps the law of God. When we pray for focus on the promises and purposes God has for us, we can center our plans around that key purpose.

3 – Remember your identity in Christ

We give in to the temptation of acedia when we allow ourselves to be distracted by the circumstances around us and forget who we are in Christ. When Jesus returned to his disciples at the Garden of Gethsemane after they had fallen asleep, he reminded them that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). In Christ, we are a new creation. We have received the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26).

The next time I decide to live in my sweatpants and on my couch while being too lazy to study for my nursing classes (and my chemistry clases which I really do not love as much as I wish I did) , I think I am going to evaluate the purpose behind my decision. Am I tempted to give in to the meaningless or mundane rather than pursuing the purpose God has called me to passionately pursue in Christ? As believers, we are called to run the race with perseverance, keeping our eyes on Christ Jesus our Lord. When we consider him, we will not grow weary and lose heart.


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What Does Baptism Symbolize?

Picture of me teaching a fellow college classmate all about Christianity! I hope she decides to give Christ a chance!

The New Testament offers great wisdom and guidance to help us understand the purpose of baptism.

Baptism is for the forgiveness of sins (See: Acts 2:38). When we are baptized, we repent by turning from our sinfulness and receive the forgiveness that Jesus provided through his death and resurrection.

Baptism is a symbol of our faith (See: Acts 8:12-13). The model we see in the New Testament is that when someone became a new believer (demonstrating faith in Jesus), they repented and were baptized. Baptism serves as a vital step for those declaring their faith in Jesus.

Baptism is a symbol of being buried and raised to life with Jesus (See: Romans 6:3-4). When we are baptized, it is the means by which we enter into the death of Jesus, and it is also how we are raised up into new life in Jesus.

When we take into consideration the scope of New Testament insight on baptism, we can conclude that Jesus did not need to be baptized for the same reasons that believers do. But, Jesus did need to be baptized, which is why he asked John to baptize him. By being baptized, Jesus began his work to take our place and to redeem humanity. He modeled baptism as something all believers need to do as a step in their faith walk. This remains true for believers today.


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10 Steps to Fight Satan

Grab your bible and let’s discuss 10 Steps to Fight Satan together…if you think I;m missing any steps and should add more please let me know so I can do that!

10 Steps to Fight Satan – Grab Your Bible

Here’s how…

  1. Open to the Gospel of Matthew.

That’s page one of the New Testament. You can read all 28 chapters of this short volume in an hour or so.

  1. Keep reading.

You will read three other gospels similar to Matthew—Mark, Luke, and John—but different, on the life and ministry of Jesus. Each writer has something unique to offer.

  1. Keep reading.

Acts of the Apostles tells what happened after Jesus left.

  1. And yes, keep on reading.

You are now to the “epistles,” a fancy word for “letters,” most of them from the Apostle Paul to churches in various locales. You won’t understand everything, but you can grasp a great deal.

  1. Don’t worry about what you cannot understand.

Treasure all that you do understand, because there is a great deal of it.

  1. Read it consecutively.

Not just jumping around. And, in large sections, at least one hour at a time.

  1. When you finish, go back and start again.

You will get more the second time through than you did the first.

  1. Pray.

Each time you open the Bible, say this: “Father, help me to understand this and to get what You want me to see. Thank you for hearing my prayer.”

  1. Get help.

After you have read it through a few times, ask a pastor if there is a Bible study class you could attend. To hear a good teacher teach about what you have been reading can be a privilege.

  1. Obey it.

In John 13:17, Jesus said, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” Also, see James 1:22. The blessing comes from obeying His teachings, not from reading or learning them.

Eventually, you will be able to say what Job did:

I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food – Job 23:12


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4 Biblical Reasons Women Can Be Leaders in the Church

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence (1 Timothy 2:11 KJV).

When Paul wrote these words to Timothy, he was instructing the young pastor with regulations to keep worship in an orderly fashion. The people of Ephesus that Timothy pastored had formerly worshipped false gods. The women of that day were mostly idle busybodies who went from house to house gossiping and drinking.

These old habits came with them into Christian worship. They had to be instructed in their new way of life. Apparently, some of the women were trying to take over the worship services. Paul had to take matters in hand and provide guidelines for peaceful assembly.

This was a cultural matter because of the previous lifestyles of most of the congregation. We can apply the principles of these scriptures, without adopting the cultural attitudes of that day.

For example, we observe the command to dress modestly without adhering to New Testament modes of dress (1 Timothy 2:9) because we know that modesty tells us not to clothe ourselves in a provocative manner. We don’t use this verse to define modest as wearing a biblical robe. In the same way, we can apply Paul’s instructions about women’s behavior in Ephesus by considering the reason he had to address the problem and not use it as a weapon against females obeying the anointing God puts on them.

The King James Version of the instructions to Timothy uses the word usurp which according to Strong’s Concordance #831 means to act as an autocrat, self-appointed, or acting without submission.

As long as a woman feeling led to contribute to a church meeting respects the authority of the pastorate, she can scripturally teach. Also, a married woman would need to agree with her husband about her teaching role to prevent strife and discord in the home.

When these two conditions are met, the Bible gives us four reasons women can be leaders in the church.

  1. We are all made in the image of God.
    Adam and Eve were created equal. God didn’t distinguish that one was better than the other. He created them both as mankind.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27 NIV).

Adam was created from the dust of the earth, and Eve was fashioned from Adam’s side (Genesis 2:21-22).

Since she came out of Adam’s body, they both had the same DNA. The reason women’s value in society changed was because of deception. It wasn’t God’s doing, or God’s plan for the opposite sex to become subservient to males.

  1. We are all co-heirs with Christ.
    God has given to all of us His Spirit without a determination as to male or female. We are one in Christ.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:28).

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if we indeed share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Romans 8:16-17 NIV).

When Apollos arrived in Ephesus, Pricilla and Aquila invited him to their home and taught him more about Jesus than he already knew. Acts 18:26 tells us that both Priscilla and Aquila instructed him. Priscilla’s role in discipling Apollos is clearly mentioned in this scripture.

  1. We are the same body with different functions.
    God sees us all as His children with different purposes.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27).

We each have a part to fulfill. When we attempt to take another person’s role or we are dissatisfied with our own, the group of believers suffers (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).

Many women, including Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna, followed Jesus and supported Him out of their own means. They couldn’t do this if they didn’t have good management qualities (Luke 8:3). How could Joanna manage the household of Chuza if she wasn’t an excellent steward? Even though these stories occurred before the birth of the New Testament church, the principles that would guide the believers were already in place through Christ’s teaching.

Philip the evangelist had four daughters who prophesied (Acts 21:9). They fulfilled their function by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through them and this blessed those who heard their words.

  1. We all have the mind of Christ and His identity.
    For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul gives instructions for disciplined worship. In verse 39 he admonishes the people as brothers and sisters signifying that both can prophesy and speak in tongues in a service if the process is not disruptive.

When Paul began his letter to the Ephesians, he addressed them as God’s holy people (Ephesians 1:1). He didn’t distinguish between men and women. Throughout this letter, he referred to those who believe in Christ as chosen, adopted, and sealed. This is the same group of people that Paul’s instructions about women were directed to. The Apostle saw them as equal in the body of Christ.

Women’s Leadership Throughout the Bible
Jesus restored the value that Satan stole from women in the garden. The Messiah didn’t hesitate to minister to the woman at the well despite the stringent rules of the day (John 4:7-9). After hearing the Savior’s message, she persuaded her community to listen to Jesus. Mary of Bethany took the initiative and gave preference to Jesus that no man gave Him by anointing her Lord with costly perfume before His crucifixion (John 12:2-3). The Son of Man’s mother took on the task of solving a problem at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). The resurrected Christ entrusted the first commission of the gospel to Mary Magdalene (John 20:17-18).

We have many examples of women’s motivational influence in the Old Testament such as Deborah, Esther, Abigail, and the Proverbs 31 woman. If these women who were under a covenant of law could stand for God and contribute when the need arose, how much more can we under the New Covenant in Christ’s kingdom?

Paul commended Phoebe (Romans 16:1-2) and gave instructions to the Christians in Rome to assist her in any way because of her service to the believers. In this same chapter, he also singled out Priscilla (v.3), Mary (v.6), Tryphena and Tryphosa (v.12), and Julia and the sister of Nereus (v.15) as women who had labored and served with him. It’s obvious from Paul’s endorsement that these women were valuable to his ministry and to the congregations where they worshipped.

Misrepresenting scripture to prevent females from presiding over a meeting or teaching in the congregation violates the command to rightly divide the Word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). We are not to lean to our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6) or rule by religious tradition.

When we work together as members of Christ, we can fulfill His commission to make disciples and encourage one another.