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10 Commandments Vs. 7 Deadly Sins

 

10 Commandments vs. 7 deadly sins

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Introduction

 

My beautiful bride posed the question to me “What are the 7 deadly sins and how do they coincide with the bible’s 10 commandments?” This is a very good question and I have never seen the two lined up against each other. I’ve seen the Brad Pitt movie “Se7en”, I’ve looked up the 7 deadly sins a few times and even worked with a hip hop artist who wanted to put together a mixtape with the title of each song, each sin. So I’ve got some grasp of what they are, but I am going to provide further research to be as accurate and compelling as possible. I’ve been a sinner my whole life and having Jesus Christ in my heart has made me a new creature. I still sin, but I try each day to do better and I know when I repent, I am washed clean of those sins. Praise God for the opportunity of everlasting life because He sent his Son to die on the cross for me and for you. One thing I want to point out is that the 10 commandments are very valid, but Jesus came and said there are 2 Commandments (Matthew 22:34-40) and they are to love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. That’s basically the 10 commandments paraphrased. If you love God with all of you, you will not have false idols or any Gods before Him, you will honor your mother and father and you won’t kill, steal from or lie to your neighbors or cheat on your wife. Another thing I know, is it is all a heart issue. We as humans who have fallen want to be a machine that runs on ourselves but the only way to be an effective machine is to let Christ be the fuel. Knowing that, if we don’t have Christ in our heart and we are rebellious, we may not do any of these sins, but often times we think of them. Thinking angry thoughts about the person cutting you off in traffic is a sin, but forgiving them and praying for them after they flip you off shows where your heart is. Another great place to learn from on behavior and heart issues is the chapter on the fruits of the Spirit and the ways of the flesh found in Galatians 5:22.

In the next section I will put the 10 commandments in the most simple form.  It says that these 7 deadly sins that will follow after the commandments are those transgressions which are fatal to spiritual growth, which we will discuss later.

10 Commandments

The ten commandments are written twice in the book. It says that Moses went up on a mountain and God blessed him with these 10 things. They are listed in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:4-2. To break them down and put them in simple terms, i will list them here.

 

  1. God is our only God and we shall have no other God but Him.
  2. Do not bring any false idols before Him
  3. Do not take His name in vain
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy
  5. Honor your mom and dad
  6. Do not murder or kill
  7. Do not commit adultery
  8. Do not steal
  9. Do not bear false witness against your neighbor (lie)
  10. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, or anything that belongs to your neighbor (jealousy)

7 Deadly Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Envy
  3. Gluttony
  4. Lust
  5. Anger
  6. Greed
  7. Sloth

Both are lists that use words that we don’t use in everyday conversations, so I will try to break it down a little bit better. On the flip side of these sins are listed different virtues, like the cardinal virtues, theological virtues, contrary virtues, and heavenly virtues which are said to protect one from falling to sin. All throughout the Bible and throughout the history of the world there are too many examples of people falling into sin, especially great men. Starting with Adam and including so many who were doing great works, but even better there is story after story of resurrection. I think that is the greatest part of this unwritten story, this story that is unfinished. We are in a fallen world full of fallen people and with the right knowledge and with wisdom from the Holy Spirit and being on fire for Jesus, we will see so many more stories of resurrection, where our loved ones will go from being dead, to being alive in Christ! The end is near and we literally must save every person we can so they will not suffer for eternity.

Now let us get into breaking this down and understanding how these sins fall into place with the commandments.

Many of them are literally just putting something before God. That list includes Pride, Gluttony, and Greed. That’s almost half the list!

PRIDE

Ok, so pride can be seen in two different lights. It can be a good thing, but when taken too far it’s a DEADLY sin. Meaning that it can consume you and be fatal to your spiritual growth. The reason I say two ways, is that you can have such a low self esteem and that is a lack of pride. Or you could be like Kanye West and have too much pride. Knowing God made us in His image and Jesus told us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, it’s a sin to be down on yourself and have a low self esteem, right? We need to love ourselves, but not love ourselves more than we love God or more than we love our neighbor!

ENVY

Envy is defined in the dictionary as “a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.” Looking at the ten commandments this goes right at number 10. God told Moses to write down “do not covet your neighbor’s wife, or anything else of his.” And a lot of times in this world, we see people doing this in many ways. We see our coworker get a promotion or raise and we are envious, jealous, upset. That’s coveting! We see our family at church get a big blessing or God giving them a vision and we get jealous or envious that we didn’t get a blessing like that! We see our sibling get a new bike and we didn’t get one and it hurts. That’s probably a normal human feeling, but we are taught not to be like the world. Our own blessings are coming. God has a different plan for us. Please, don’t fall into the spiritual trap of envy because it is fatal for your spiritual growth. Be thankful for everything you have and you’re certain to be given more. One line I love is being faithful in the small you’ll be trusted with the bigger things. Often times, this time on Earth is only a short period of time where we are given chances to prove ourselves in eternity in Heaven. Forever is a long time and envy isn’t something you want to fall into!

 

Gluttony

This sin is not just about food. We can be gluttonous with anything. I know people who are on their phone 25 hours a day (me, unfortunately and I’m working on it) and people who play video games like it’s their job. I know people who are gluttonous with sports, television shows (netflix binging?) and lots of other things. It is not only pertaining to food. When we act gluttonous, we are putting something else before God, which is going against the first and second commandment and the most important commandment Jesus told us to obey. Are we really loving God with all of our heart, mind, and soul if we are spending so much time focused on something else?

Lust

This is probably the single most deadly sin in our culture right now for men. This goes against the commandment on adultery if you are married and the commandment on coveting after your neighbor’s wife (or husband) if you are thinking about sex with someone you are not married with. The opposite of lust is GRATITUDE!!! If we remind ourselves how grateful we are of our spouse then you won’t give into lust. I had mentioned how most sin is a heart issue. Many of us may not physically act out in lust. The world is filled with sexual advertising and both sexes dressing and acting more and more scandalous everyday and it is tough. But if we remember how grateful we are for our partner, we will not covet after our neighbors wife who is watering her flowers in short shorts. We won’t even look over there because we are more focused on God and the second greatest gift He gave us. If you’re single, I encourage you to fight lust by remembering how special it will be to save yourself for your husband or wife someday and how big of a difference it will be demanding sex wait until marriage. You may lose a lot of partners, but at least you will know when the time comes, you will have the right one and it will be a biblical marriage where you both REALLY know each other and that sex together will be the greatest sex you could ever have.

 

Anger

This is another of the most common deadly sins we have right now. I see so much anger in the world, especially with the elections and the issues between police and BLM. I think it’s ok to feel a little anger, or to get frustrated. That cultivates change and growth. But anything taken too far is terrible and when you let anger consume you, it is a sin that is fatal to your spiritual growth. This is another subject where understanding the ways of the flesh and fruits of the Spirit will be very helpful, so please read Galatians 5 and study Jesus and others in the Bible as well as Abe Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. to see examples of how to channel that anger into productivity and to keep your focus on God. Anger is a deadly sin that goes against a few commandments. We may not actually murder or kill somebody, but thinking angry thoughts towards a person is basically murdering them! It’s a heart issue. As teenagers and beyond we often times get angry with our parents, but God tells us to honor them! Even if they abuse you or do terrible things, we are still supposed to honor them! How? You most certainly shouldn’t have to suffer the abuse. Honoring your parents could come in the form of prayers and helping them seek God. Don’t be like the world. Focus on God. If you be that difference and honor your parents, always, then your kids will do the same for you.

 

Greed

Greed is another very rampant sin we are witnessing in this world. I oftentimes hear people tell me I am greedy. I tell them and myself that is their heart issue, not mine because I know where my focus is. You can be successful and still love God with all your heart, mind, and soul. But you can’t focus solely on possessions and money and say you’re not sinning. I want to be free from my job so I don’t have to be spending 60 hours a week chasing after a paycheck. I want to be completely financially free and lived a principal based life so I don’t have to think about money and I can spend more time in my bible study, prayer life, and serving – like I am doing now! So what is greed? Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. So when we are falling into the sin of greed, we are putting something before God and worshipping a false God. Money is a great tool for serving your purpose that God created you for, but it’s a terrible God that will let you down every time. Make money your slave, not your master so you can focus on strengthening your spiritual life.

 

Sloth

This is probably the most confusing deadly sin for me. I am a phlegmatic, so I really like to just chill.  But that isn’t the sinful part. Being slothful is choosing to not grow your spiritual knowledge, choosing not to pray. I remember reading in the bible about how every man has to work if he deserves to eat. If you don’t work, you don’t deserve a hand out! Choosing to be lazy is slothful. You can be slothful in mental, spiritual, pathological, and physical states. Our greatest purpose on this earth is the Great Commision. We are called to spread the good news to all ends of the Earth. If you choose to keep that a secret for yourself, you’re being slothful, lazy and that’s so very wrong because all of our neighbors need to learn about Jesus so they too can have the gift of eternal life. Unlike the other capital sins, which are sins of committing immorality, sloth is a sin of omitting responsibilities. A great way to put this: idle hands do the devil’s work. Don’t do the devil’s work!

Do the work Jesus called us to.

 

I hope this helped you as much as it has helped me understand these two lists.

Thanks for reading and God bless!
If you’re interested in learning more about discipleship, don’t hesitate to contact me or find somebody that can help you.

-Alex MacDonald

260-573-8137
MacDonaldLeadership@gmail.com

Breaking The Chains

On Friday, February 26th, 2016 I get the honor and the privilege of being a part of an incredibly powerful event. I’ve come together with a group of individuals who have it in their heart to do something greater than themselves.

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After observing our culture, it’s become apparent that a major issue exists internally among the majority. More Americans suffer from depression than from coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. We’ve seen some very sad losses, both loving family members and friends in our local communities and among celebrities such as Dave Mirra, Robin Williams, Mindy McCready.

-It’s truly tragic that somebody dies from suicide every 12.8 minutes.

-Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and there are more deaths from suicides than there are deaths from homicide or war.

-Over 50 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.

The silver lining to this dark cloud is depression is among the most treatable of psychiatric illnesses. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression respond positively to treatment, and almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. But first, depression has to be recognized.

To go along with those tragic statistics are equally alarming numbers.

-85% of our population suffers from a poor self image.

-Low self-esteem has been linked to violent behavior, eating disorders, promiscuity, unemployment, school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, gang activity, suicide, and low academic achievement. 

-Low self-esteem is the universal common denominator among literally all people suffering from addictions to any and all mind altering substances such as alcohol, not genes.

-The report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics says that the rate of antidepressant use in the U.S. has increased nearly 400% since 1988.

-More than 1 in 10 Americans over age 12 now takes an antidepressant, the study finds, and yet two-thirds of those with severe symptoms of depression do not take antidepressants at all.

-The drugs prescribed, are causing over 40,000 deaths per year.

Here is what we have learned: low self esteem, depression and other mental health issues are at an all time high. “Professionals” are mostly throwing drugs at the issue, which is causing even more deaths – but at the same time is not solving the problem, depression and mental health issues are continuing to rise. Numerous studies have been conducted linking social networking, television, and negative advertisements to depression, social isolation, eliciting feelings of envy, insecurity and poor self-esteem. There is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the amount of time spent being plugged into the wrong kind of media and the likelihood of eventually being diagnosed with depression, meaning that if your TV viewing habits are excessive, you are putting yourself at greater risk of suffering from this debilitating and life-altering condition.

Want proof of this assertion? Here are three recent scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals that provide it:

  • University of Maryland sociologists looked at more than 30 years of data on the subject of self-evaluated happiness and media use, and discovered that happy people watch on average one hour less television per day than those who suffer from depression. In general, those who were the happiest watched TV for only two hours per day or less and spent a significant amount of time socializing with family and friends (study published in Social Indicator Research, 2008).
  • A British study of almost 4,000 Scotland residents found that 66 percent of adults who watched two or more hours of TV each day were obese and had much higher rates of depression and anxiety. Interestingly, the correlation between depression and television viewing habits was strong enough that good exercise habits had no ameliorating effect, even though exercise is usually prescribed as a panacea for depression and other types of mood disorders (study published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2010).
  • As a part of the massive US Nurses’ Health Survey, which monitored the health and behavior patterns of more than 50,000 women for 14 years, information was collected about TV watching habits and their relationship to various health disorders. Researchers reported that women who watched three or more hours of TV per day were 13 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression at some point, whereas those who exercised regularly and did not view TV excessively reduced their risk of depression by 20 percent (study published in American Journal of Epidemiology, 2011).

Depression tends to develop in response to prolonged stress or long-term exposure to emotionally trying circumstances. However, the way a person handles such situations also plays a big role in determining whether he or she will ultimately succumb to this illness, and it is clear that attempting to chase away the bad feelings by retreating into the imaginary landscapes created by television does not solve the problem and in the end will only make things worse.

The problem is that watching TV is a passive activity, and health and healing always require a proactive approach that directly addresses the source of the difficulty. Depression is defined by a gut-wrenching and utterly discouraging lack of motivation to do even the simplest things, as the pure act of living loses all of its color, flavor and intensity. It is notable that in the University of Maryland study, participants who engaged in meaningful social activity were far less likely to suffer from depression, which indicates how important the most basic pleasures in life are for all human beings. (source: https://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/featured/is-watching-too-much-tv-making-you-depressed/)

Now that we know the sad facts, we have a responsibility to do something about it.
The event that is organized for Friday February 26th, 2016, includes live music and speakers. In one portion you get the activity and the social aspect of being around positive people and positive entertainment, and in another aspect you will get information that will empower you. Even if you’re not a part of these statistics and do not have low self esteem or depression; you can learn information on how to help your neighbors or family or friends or co workers who do suffer as well as have the opportunity to have a fun evening together with leaders who are serving their communities and leading their families in a positive direction. The  music will be provided  by Butler Christian Assembly; Kelly Davidhizar on keys and vocals and Thomas Davidhizar on guitar and vocals and me, A./Mac in my final hip hop performance until my son Xander grows up. The speakers include Pastor Dan Davidhizar, Rachel Kerr, and Eric and Tina Barr, and me. The talks will be centered around knowing exactly how to love yourself, overcome, have the right view on things, and to serve your neighbors. This is a really big deal because if we can become stronger individually, and we can start lifting those up around us – so much is possible. Imagine for one second what I have pictured in my mind over a dozen times: we are chained to the wall by addictions, to depression, to a poor self image, to poverty, to hurts, to all these things that are HOLDING US BACK and on this night, and every night following it THE CHAINS SNAPPING and each of us, and the chains of our loved ones snapping too!! I can hear the sound. Can you? I hope you can. I want you to have hope. I want you to feel empowered.

 

There are only 100 tickets available, and already almost half of them are reserved. Be sure to reserve yours right now. Visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2487251 to get all the information and to get them while they are still available.

Two things I know: You can overcome anything with the right information leading to the right thinking and applying that information into your life. This information will be shared at this event. The second thing: The quickest way to overcome Depression or feeling sorry for yourself is to do something for someone else in a way that they could never repay you.

 

I want to leave you with a few thoughts from somebody greater then me…

 

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving a greater purpose; rejoicing in hope, persevering thru trials and tribulations, devoted to positive thoughts; contributing to the needs of those doing great things, practicing hospitality.”

 

“For we are called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not turn your freedom in an opportunity to serve only your desires, but through love serve one another.”

 

“Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing”

 

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important then himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Look for ways to support, encourage, build up, and stimulate others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of ____

I prayed to become a better leader, and then Eric Barr came back into my Life and is offering me resources and mentorship to become a better person.

I prayed to hit five cities with my music and made two happen, then I met Awktober and she invited me on tour.

I prayed for friendships and resources to make a community garden happen and then Dan and Kelly Davidhizar who has offered so much love, and even offered an abundance of healthy, fertile soil!

I pray for a lot of things but these are examples of how they have been answered. My main prayer requests are that my son be happy, healthy and safe and to be forgiven of my sins and to be guided by Him.

If you want success in this life, then make sure you pray and be clear on what you want. Envision. Be brave. You deserve everything you want.

-Alex MacDonald
Life Leadership
“Leading the Leadership Revolution”

New Release! “No More Nightmares” by A MAC out now!!

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A MAC’s new single “No More Nightmares” is out now!!!

Please listen, buy, rate, and share!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-more-nightmares/id979936608?i=979936615&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=B3xbzp5kombrmixmvnfukxasoxe&tid=song-Tpposyzh3qvcwsosup2y3albmau

You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @ohbobmac

A MAC Live In Fort Wayne!

A MAC has had an exciting couple of months getting back into being a performing artist!

Thank you all so much for your support!

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6 weeks in Phoenix led to the release of “Live Life” and 3 shows in the Valley.

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Followed by flying to Chicago, recording “No More Nightmares” at Stray Dog Studios.

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A MAC is now back home in Indiana.
“No More Nightmares” will be available worldwide on Monday March 30th, 2015.

You have a special opportunity to hear and see A MAC perform this song and others live THIS FRIDAY at The Piere’s Entertainment Center in the Marketplace of Canterbury in Fort Wayne, IN.

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Showtime starts at 9
It is just $5 to get in
Strictly 21+

Use #AMACLiveInFW when posting at the event. 2 random people who posted a photo while there will win a free drink!

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Click here for more info and to share the event with your FaceBook friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/625714504238735/

Listen to “Live Life” on Spotify here: https://play.spotify.com/album/267GI836KV5bByy1n7Ngli

Follow A MAC on social media @OhBobMac

Buy “Live Life” from iTunes – http://goo.gl/oWHW8A

Google Play – goo.gl/e5hxOi

For bookings, drops, or collaborations email mrmac260@gmail.com

| TONIGHT – A MAC Live in Arizona |

Tonight is your last chance to catch A MAC live in Arizona.

Celebrating the release of his new single “Live Life” A MAC will be performing his final scheduled showcase in the Phoenix market. He is following up a huge event at Joe’s Grotto in downtown Phoenix last week with the Get Money Stop Hating Tour, and now he is being interviewed by 99.1 The Beat, Phoenix’s best station for real hip hop!  A MAC is welcomed by PhoenixHipHop.Net to their weekly Hip Hop Live Thursdays event at Baja Joe’s in Mesa, AZ. The show is the official Whitney Peyton pre party and welcomes Indiana’s A MAC, as well as some HOT artists from the Valley, including Jake Jones, Don Stubbs, MURJUR, A.M.O., Crooked Letter, and many more.

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Location:  Baja Joe’s 1927 North Gilbert Road. Doors open at 9 and is 21+ only. No cover charge.

Follow A MAC on social media @OhBobMac

Buy “Live Life” from iTunes – http://goo.gl/oWHW8A

Google Play – goo.gl/e5hxOi

Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/267GI836KV5bByy1n7Ngli

For bookings, drops, or collaborations email mrmac260@gmail.com

“I Go Harder” by Adrienne Mack-Davis and feleciacruz (New Single)

The first time I accidentally discovered Adrienne Mack-Davis was when i was trying to do an open mic in Austin, TX during SxSW only to discover they took the whole night over with a nice line up of positive artists! Just the other night, i had another accident! I accidentally stumbled upon the soundcloud of @amackdavis and saw they kind of put something soooooo dope out that it couldn’t be ignored! They haven’t promoted it, but I totally get why. It’s just there. They are not the type to brag. They aren’t the type to boast. They just stay touring, they stay positive, they stay doing service work, and they stay making people’s lives more exciting and enjoyable just by being there. And they are everywhere.

Check out “I Go Harder”

Visit www.amackdavis.com to learn about upcoming shows and her new project “It Only Takes One” that is soon to be released!

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