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Fighting Temptation!

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except that what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor. 10:12-13)

God is faithful! We are most definately not. We try to be but each and every one of us falls. Why do we fall? Because we are sinful in nature. How do we sin?

“but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (1 Jam. 1:14-15)

So what should we do?

“So i say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.” (Gal. 5:16-18)

So what do you do when it’s too late and you have given into temptation?

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

So you may say what does it matter then if we sin once in a while? Just one word –  ‘Consequence’. Sometimes we can’t see the consequence of our sins but there is always a consequence – guilt is a major one for most of us. Guilt is destructive and can become a vicious circle of negative thoughts about self and/or others, shameful and depressing feelings and resulting bad and possibly harmful behaviour. Sin can break bonds of trust and destroy relationships. Fear of being hurt or causing hurt can cause blocks and resentment may build as a result of repeated acts of weakness. This is where strongholds are also built and without intervention they can destroy you and your relationship with God. This is Satan’s way in.

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body.” (1 Cor. 6:18-20)

We can be thankful that Jesus Christ has taken our sins upon himself on the cross that we might be set free.

“Therefore, i urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Rom.12:1-2)

Prayer:

Lord God, i am sorry for my sins and for the times that i have given into temptation, please forgive me. Thank you Lord that you are faithful to forgive. Your grace is abounding and sufficient for my needs. I pray that you will strengthen me by the power of your Holy Spirit at work within me to keep me from temptation, setting my heart on things not of this world but on the hope that i have in Jesus Christ – who is Lord and Saviour of all those of us who believe in him. Please grant me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that i may know you better and create in me a pure heart that i may see you more clearly and love as you do. And Lord please bring healing where it is needed. Thank you. In Jesus name i pray – Amen!

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It has been about 3 years 6 months since we went our separate ways (that is me and my ex). I have ran from offers of a new relationship, especially since becoming a Christian. Why would i need a new partner? I’m content, free and in-love with Christ Jesus. However over the past few months i have had scripture come up about relationships; the single life which can be dedicated to God as Paul wrote (1 Cor. 7:34) & God’s plan for us to unite (Gen. 2:18). I’ve got to admit, i much prefered Paul’s view on the subject, but surely God knows best.

“The Lord God said “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper for him.” (Gen.2:18)

So despite the many thoughts on the subject of singleness v togetherness, i rejected making such changes in my life. Being single meant freedom, no complications, no compromising, peace, etc. Why would i want to give that up?

As i sat on a bench in a beautiful open space, talking to God and praising him for his awesome creations and the relationship i have with him, recent images came to mind – the couple with their children; the two friends having a laugh; the lonesome man wandering aimlessly; the family having a picnic; all these people with such different lives and i began to feel a sense of sadness. I searched for the meaning to these feelings.

Overhead a bird caught my attention. It was swooping and darting left and right, all over the place – it seemed as though it was a young bird that had found it’s new freedom of flight. Flying free this bird looked like it was having the time of its life and i felt as though i could identify with it. As i continued to watch it, smiling to myself, my eyes were drawn to a couple of birds flying parallel to each other. They were in sync, travelling together, heading in one direction and they looked so peaceful. My thoughts were that they both had the same destination and they were sharing the journey in unity. Almost immediately i realised that i wanted to share my life with someone. Yes it is great to fly free, it really is, but my desire suddenly became clear – what good is a life of exploration and excitement if it isn’t shared. Revelation!

So very scary for me to invite someone else into my excitingly free and high-flying life. Much of my time is spent in prayer, reading, worship and listening to others and i am aware that i have many concerns as to how this will all be affected. But for now i will go with the flow and trust that God knows best.

Please pray for me and the new relationship that i have now entered into. May it be God’s will based on love and communication with the right motives of heart for both of us. May our love for God grow stronger and intimacy be found. I pray that the Spirit of God will indwell us both, leading us into all truth. God’s will be done!

Amen!

Related verse: Ezek. 36:26

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