Showing posts with label Temptation. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Purity 379: Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Purity 379 03/30/2021 Purity 379 Podcast

Good morning.

Today’s photo from Dave Baun Photography. They captured this shot of Temptation Sailing returning from one of their twilight cruises from the vantage point of the Glenelg Jetty in South Australia late last summer.  Temptation Sailing tempts its potential patrons with cruises along the Adelaide coastline or with the chance to swim with wild dolphins for those who are a little more adventurous.  So if going “Down Under” and swimming with dolphins are on your bucket list, this is a temptation that will only cost you time and money but could be a once in a lifetime experience.  

When it comes to temptation, I would offer the following friendly advice. If your temptation is to get over your fears and trepidations about trying something new or doing something you always wanted to do, that doesn’t go against the moral principles presented in God’s word, I would say to go for it.  The biggest regrets in life usually involve the things that we don’t do.    

Of course, as someone who has given into all types of temptations that were contrary to common sense as well as the Word of God, I feel I can give you some solid advice when I tell you not to give into the temptations that are born out of selfish desires with no thoughts of the consequences.  I have faced various negative consequences from some of the choices I have made, and I can tell you that giving into the temptations that I knew were wrong was never worth the pain and suffering that I caused other people and to myself.

Possible criminal charges, physical pain, mental anguish, financial losses, relationship problems, and just plain old guilt and shame are what lies behind the things that you want to do but that you know are wrong.  Ask me how I know…       

So live your life in a way that goes past the limitations that fear and the opinions of men may keep you from trying but stay inside the boundaries that the Lord wrote upon your hearts.  

If you have lived a morally upstanding life, don’t regret staying out of the darkness. It turns out, you never regret doing the right thing or at least you shouldn’t.

Take it from someone who has suffered from living life selfishly, the scars are nothing to be proud of and the damage is more than skin deep.  

But the good news is that Jesus Christ is the healer.  He can not only take your pain, shame, and guilt away, He can heal your broken heart and lead you out of the darkness of your former self into a new life that you always wanted to live but never thought you could.     

Our wrong choices may have made us feel like we have killed a part of who we were and that there is no way to get our innocence back.   Instead of bringing that old person back to life with all their problems, Christ gives you the opportunity to live a new life.  

Resurrection Sunday is coming. You can be a part of it like never before by answering Jesus’ call to “Come forth and Live.”  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Romans 3:28 (CCNT)
28 We have come to the conclusion that a person is justified by faith without works of law.

Romans 3:28 (NKJV)
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

Today’s verse speaks of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ: the truly good news that we are not justified by the works of the law.  

Justified means to be declared righteous by God.  This verse tells us that we are not declared righteous by our works. We are declared righteous by faith.     

With Holy Week upon us, I’m sure several people in the Body of Christ without this basic understanding of the gospel will be beating themselves up on Good Friday because Jesus died for their sins and they may even cry because of His suffering on their behalf.  They may decide that they must pay Jesus back by living a good life and doing their best not to sin so they can be worthy of salvation.    

While I think repentance and changing the way to live because of our faith is exactly what we should do, I would caution everyone that we don’t earn our salvation through our efforts.  We never could.

It is our faith that justifies us, not our works.  So thank Jesus for the work He did on the cross for us by putting your faith in Him as Lord and Savior. After you do that you become spiritually alive and have the ability to live the Christian life.  

Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior gives us new life.  You don’t have to earn it!  He gives salvation as a gift.  Stop trying to earn what the Lord wants to freely give to you!

He also frees you from the power of sin, as well as the power of death.  

That means that you can say no to sin.   The key to victory is believing you have received it the moment you put your faith in Jesus.   If you believe that you are free from your sins, you will be free. 

Christ gives you the power to overcome by faith in Him, meaning that if you believe He has done that for you, you can live it out. 

Dr. Neil Anderson points out in several of His books that the statements of Romans 6:1-11(that we have died to sine and are alive to God) are true about our condition as believers in Christ.  We don’t have to “do” anything to live that way other than to believe it.

So stretch your faith to go beyond your belief in your salvation, believe that Christ has sanctified you the same way he saved you: by faith.   If you truly believe that Christ has given you a new life, you can live it through the power of your faith. 

I invite all to where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we will share from Dr. June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys on “Alcohol & Drug Abuse: Breaking Free & Staying Free.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work:

IV. Steps to Solution

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!"
(Isaiah 43:18-19)

A new thing...that is the best way to describe the transformation that God has brought about in Josh Hamilton's life. Josh is not only back in the game, he's "on top of his game" after being reinstated back into baseball in 2007.

In 2010, the Texas Rangers clinch the American League Championship and play in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. The Rangers' star outfielder helps carry his team to the top tier event, racking up impressive stats for the year: .361 batting average, 31 home runs, and 97 runs batted in. In 2011 the Texas Rangers return to the World Series to play the St. Louis Cardinals, once again, largely due to the tremendous efforts of Josh Hamilton. Nicknamed "the Hammer" for his powerful batting arm and nationally recognized for his athletic agility, Josh has been likened to New York's ... "The Mick."

Today, Josh Hamilton is sober and drug free, and it's all because God has done a new thing.

A. Key Verse to Memorize

As with Josh, it took "hitting rock bottom" for Mickey Mantle to turn from substance abuse. With his body deteriorating, his memory lapsing, his family crumbling, Mickey does what everyone thought was unthinkable — he entered rehab.

But immediately upon finishing treatment, Mickey was under enormous pressure to relapse. ... His son, Billy, died of a heart attack and then his mother died. But just as there once had been great expectation for him to drink with the guys, Mickey now knew there was great expectation for him to stay sober.

Son Mickey, Jr. assessed the situation: "Out of all the things he did, the World Series teams he starred on, the home runs he hit, the records he broke, his induction into the Hall of Fame, what I admired him for the most was getting sober." Mickey eventually experienced on a very personal and profound level the transforming truth of these words ...

"I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
(Isaiah 41:13)

B. Key Passage to Read

Mickey made the call at 6:00 in the morning.

"Betsy, let me talk to Bobby, I want him to pray for me." The request was inconceivable ... it seemed impossible ... that the raucous, rebellious slugger would ever solicit God's help. Yet Mickey phoned his former Yankee teammate Bobby Richardson because he finally recognized that he needed God in his life.

For too many years Mickey succumbed to one temptation after another, but now he wanted to stand in the strength and grace of the God that his friend Bobby knew. Bobby prayed with Mickey, and the aged baseball buddies had several more conversations about spiritual things. ...

"This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words."
(1 Corinthians 2:13)

10 Truths About Temptation

1 Corinthians Chapter 10

  1. If you think you're fairly invulnerable to temptation, be vigilant and careful so that you won't fall.

"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" (v. 12).

  1. If you think your temptation is unique, clearly it's not.

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind" (v. 13).

  1. God won't let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.

"And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear" (v. 13).

  1. God will provide a way for you to withstand the test.

"But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it" (v. 13).

  1. Don't prioritize what is permissible — prioritize what is beneficial.

'"I have the right to do anything' you say — but not everything is beneficial. 'I have the right to do anything' — but not everything is constructive" (v. 23).

  1. Don't focus on yourself — focus on the good of others.

"No one should seek their own good, but the good of others" (v. 24).

  1. Don't violate the conscience of others — curb your freedom for their sake.

"But if someone says to you, 'This has been offered in sacrifice,' then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. I am referring to the other person's conscience, not yours" (vv. 28-29).

  1. Let your eating and drinking — and everything else you do — bring glory to God.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (v. 31).

  1. Don't cause anyone to stumble by your actions.

"Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God ..." (v. 32).

  1. Seek the good of others so that they might be truly saved.

"For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved" (v. 33).

Biblical Position

Question: "What is the biblical position on drinking alcohol?"

Answer: While the Bible does speak of medical benefits of wine (1 Timothy 5:23) and Jesus provided wine at a wedding (John 2:1-11), the Bible clearly prohibits both drunkenness and addiction to alcohol, calling this behavior sinful.

God does not want you to lose control because of the influence of alcohol, but rather to yield to the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit. Addiction to alcohol or any other drug makes you a slave to that controlling substance. God wants you to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to be free. ...

"Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ..."
(Ephesians 5:18)

Biblical Counseling Keys - Biblical Counseling Keys – Biblical Counseling Keys: Alcohol & Drug Abuse: Breaking Free & Staying Free.

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