What is Sin?

You have probably encountered the word “sin” many times in your life. And perhaps, you even easily explain this word as a transgression to the law of God to people who ask.

Although you already have a general perception of the word sin, there is still a lot to know about it. So what is sin, really?

Here are some biblical truths that can give you an in-depth understanding of sin:

Origin of Sin

In the beginning, God made a perfect world and all that is in it. But then, Adam and Eve committed sin. You can read the account in Genesis 3.

Adam and Eve violated God’s command to not eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden of Eden. They had the freedom to enjoy everything except that fruit, yet they did not obey the commandment of God and sinned.

 ”The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.” (Genesis 3:6 NLT)

Here, sin clearly originated from the disobedience of man. Adam and Eve overruled the will of God in their lives by deciding to disobey Him.

Causes of Sin

But before their disobedience, it is also important to see that it was the lies of the enemy deceived Adam and Eve that caused them to sin in the first place.

Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” (Genesis 3:13 NLT)

Even today, this is still happening to every person, to non-Christians, and much more to Christian believers.

The lies of the enemy are always around you, causing you to sin. This deception makes your heart to rebel against God and sin.

So, it is crucial that you guard your thoughts and heart against these lies at all times.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)

Forgiveness of Sin

When you fail to guard your heart and eventually sin, you will die. As said in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…”

But the good news is God will not let that happen to you. And as you continue to read the same verse, “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

God made a way to save you from this pit of unrighteousness and bring you back to His presence.

Through the blood of His son, Jesus Christ, you could have salvation and a new life, free from sin and shame.

God’s redemption is always available for you. The question is, are you willing to accept the salvation God freely gives you?

Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center today at 8-737-0-700 and experience a changed life in Jesus Christ!

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God, Is My Life Still Worth Living?

While sitting in the dark corner of her room, Noreen Dela Cruz kept on thinking why she couldn’t get out of the black pit of depression and hopelessness.

Noreen harbored pain and sadness inside her heart while growing up and seeing her parents constantly fight against each other. 

She found temporary solace in the arms of her grandfather, but when the latter died, her life became even darker.

Grief overpowered the young and naïve Noreen. This is when she started looking for love in all the wrong places –partying all night, drugs, same-sex relationships, and casual sex.

“I would end my days drinking. I also tried drugs, but sexual encounters are what gave me fulfillment. Sex became my favorite drug. I thought it was the fulfillment of getting the attention I needed. My life became a cycle – a meaningless cycle, Noreen recalled.

Noreen continued to seek comfort, affection, and validation from other people. She would take any love she could get.

Her rebellion and vices continued until she entered into a romantic relationship while believing that with a man beside her, she would never feel empty anymore. 

“I thought he was the one for me, because he accepted me for who I was. We talked about spending the rest of our lives together. But, I found out that he was cheating,” Noreen lamented.

Despite trying so hard to find herself and what could make her happy, it seemed like nothing – and no one – could ever fill the growing void in her heart.

That really broke me. At that point, I couldn’t take it any longer. Nothing satisfied me and that’s when I started contemplating on killing myself,” Noreen recalled. For the first time, she cried out to God in utter desperation, “talked to God to prove to me that He is real and that my life would still be worth living.”

That night, sitting in the dark corner of her room, Noreen shed every tear she could. But those weren’t tears of hopelessness anymore. Those were tears of surrender to Jesus.

She never thought that God was already answering her prayers when she got invited to an outreach program and later on, a retreat. As she began to know more about Jesus, all the wounds she carry started to heal.

After hearing about the cross and what Jesus went through, I cannot reconcile how a God like that – holy and righteous – would sacrifice Himself for someone like me. That’s when I came to my senses. I thought this isn’t the way I’m supposed to be living my life! God created me for so much more than what I was running for, she said. 

Noreen accepted Jesus as her God and Savior and got baptized the next day. God also restored Noreen’s relationship with her parents and continued to use her in sharing His Word and His love to the hurting.

“The heaviness in my heart was taken out. There is so much hope. There is so much joy – the joy that I’ve been looking for so long, the joy that doesn’t go away because Christ is the foundation.

Like Noreen, do you want to break free from all the chains of your painful past?

Are you tired of looking for love, acceptance, and validation from the people around you?

Are you wondering if your life still has meaning and purpose?

Are you thinking of ending your life?

This World Mental Health Day, know that no matter how you feel right now, your life is worth living.

There is a mighty God who loves you perfectlyIf you’re on a rollercoaster of emotions, He is willing to give you comfort, joy, and peace. He has already set you free from all the bondage of your past, the weight of your current situation, and the worries you may have for your future.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 ESV)

Receive your freedom today.

Take a step closer to God by calling the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700. We would love to journey with you through prayers.

What Does Having a Relationship with God Mean?

You are probably wondering now. You prayed to accept Jesus Christ in your life as Lord and Savior and now you ask, “Where should I go from here?”

This is the beginning of your new life. You are a new person now! (2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT) You have been born again!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3 NLT)

And as your new life begins, God wants you to experience the fullness of it by growing in a personal relationship with Him. After all, He loves you so much that He calls you His child (1 John 3:1).

But, what does having a relationship with God really mean?

No matter who you are or what you have been through, you can have a personal relationship with God.

Having a relationship with God means having a constant communication with Him – like you would to a person you are in a relationship with. It also means growing in faith as you get to know God deeper through the Bible.

The Bible is one of the many ways God speaks to you. In it, your Heavenly Father reveals His history, character, as well as His promises for you.

Now that you accepted Jesus Christ, God also gives you a helper that helps you understand Him. It is the Holy Spirit that dwells in you. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” (John 14:15-16)

Simply put, God speaks to your heart through the Holy Spirit, as illustrated in Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Likewise, you can speak to God through prayers with the help of the Holy Spirit and in Jesus’ name.

How do you grow in your relationship with God?

A relationship with God is built through a constant belief, connection, and communication with Him. It is also a life filled with obedience and faith. And like all human relationships, trust is also a very important factor you should have in your relationship with God.

Trusting Him is more than just letting Him speak to your head – it is letting Him speak to your heart. It is more than hearing what He says to you, but responding in faith and living it out. Your newfound relationship with Him now inspires you to trust and act in God’s truth, rather than your own knowledge and abilities.

What does a trusting relationship with God look like?

Can you recall a moment when you felt weak and discouraged because of a certain situation? You prayed to God and asked Him for strength. As you open your Bible, God spoke through Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” and you answer, “I believe You, God! Thank you for being with me.”

This is what a trusting relationship with God looks like. That very moment, you met God, and God met you. That is how you experience Him and enjoy His presence in your life.

May you continue to grow in your relationship with God all the days of your life!

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Choosing to Accept God | Why it Matters

Every day, you are faced with an endless amount of choices. Some are small while some can change the course of your life in an instant.

Are you looking for your purpose in life? Do you wonder what really matters and what’s going to happen after this life?

Today, you can make that decision about God that will change how you view life, death, and eternity.

The Lord and Savior

In Romans 3:23, Paul said, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” In chapter 6 of the same book, he said, “…the wages of sin is death…” (v. 23a)

If everyone sinned and will receive an eternal death, where should we put our hope in?

Here is good news! In Romans 6:23b, it is said that “…the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If you want to be saved from eternal death, you can start with acknowledging Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. This is a personal decision you can wholeheartedly accept from Jesus who offers salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

Make Him the Lord of every area of your life.

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

At this point you must be asking, “But why?” Why do you have to make this choice?

This takes you back to the story of Pilate in Matthew 27.

“What shall I do with Jesus?”

Pilate asked the same question when he faced Jesus 2,000 years ago.

During that time, Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested by Roman soldiers. He was then facing Pilate who thinks he holds Jesus’ fate in his hands.

Sitting on the judge’s seat, Pilate asked a question that caused everyone to stop and think.

“…What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22)

It is uncertain whether Pilate fully grasped the magnitude of his own question, nor understood that he was making a decision that would affect his soul for all eternity. The immediate answer that came from the people was to crucify Jesus and that is exactly what happened.

Today, you are faced with the same question. What are you going to do with Jesus? Will you accept Him as your Lord and Savior? Or you will reject Him?

You are free to choose

Path of pleasures or path of righteousness? Heaven or hell? Eternal life or eternal death? Jesus Christ or the world?

In making this decision, there is no middle ground. Although God has given you free will and the freedom to choose, there are consequences you cannot overpower.

The Word of God made it clear that accepting or rejecting Jesus as Lord and Savior have eternal consequence.

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

Wherever you are right now, know that God sees and hears you. He is simply waiting for you to make your life-changing decision today:

What shall you do with Jesus? Do you want to accept Him in your life as your Lord and Savior?

Got questions? the CBN Asia Prayer Center is here to guide you and pray for you! Feel free to call us at 8737-0700 and start your walk with God now.



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His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.


The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3