Saturday 15th May 2021

Daily Devotion – There’s No Room for Sin in a Faith-Focused Life

April 16, 2021 by Darlene Schacht
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As I’m reading through my Bible, I come to 1 Samuel Chapter five where I see the Philistines had just captured the ark of the Lord. The Bible tells us that they took it to Dagon’s temple and placed it beside his statue.

As you might already know, Dagon was a false god worshipped by the Philistine’s. He was a type of merman, being half man and half fish.

We see he was also mentioned in Judges chapter 16 when the Philistines praised him for delivering Samson into their hands. Obviously they didn’t learn their lesson back then, because they were still worshiping this idol years later.

The Bible goes on to say that when the people rose in the morning, they discovered that Dagon had fell on his face before the ark of the Lord. They put him back into place, and the next morning he fell on his face yet again. This time however, his head and his hands were broken off so that only his body remained.

As I got to thinking about that, I was reminded of the words of Martin Luther King Jr. who said,

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

There’s no room for sin in a faith-focused life. The Bible says,

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24, KJV)

Imagine a cup, half full of coffee. The minute you start pouring water into that cup, the coffee is diluted. Keep pouring water in until your cup’s overflowing, and in time you’ll have nothing left but a cup full of clear water.

What does that say to me? And what does it say to you? As we immerse ourselves in the light of God’s Word, the light chases the darkness away.


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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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