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Sin That So Easily Entangles

 Editor    Mar 14 : 13:22
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I am only one bad decision away from picking up!

Sin that EntanglesI am only one bad decision away from picking up! Now I do not always think that way and I certainly do not always feel that way - but I know it's the truth. I can't begin to tell all the times I have said, " I will never do this or that" only to find myself doing what I  said I would never do!

I told myself I would never steal, but I did. I swore to myself I would never be unfaithful to my spouse, but I was. I exclaimed that I would never use drugs! Yet, again and again and again I did! Said I would never lie, cheat, deceive, hurt, or disappoint, but I was unable or unwilling to do it. Powerless. A slave to sin (Read Romans 7)

Why? Because sin so easily entangles! Genesis 4:7, puts it this way, " ..But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." How can we master sin? The key is to do what is right! Titus 2:11-14, shows us the way," ..the grace of God ..teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled and upright and godly lives in this present age.." While driving I can hear an old song that immediately puts me back at that time and place where I was using! When I realize what I'm doing I say," Get behind me Satan! You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of man!" and the temptation is finished! At other times when tempted, I just tell myself, " That has nothing to do with me!" And then...it doesn't. This exercise works for me every time I use it. The problem is I don't always use it! Sometimes I want to indulge myself.

When I became a disciple of Jesus Christ, I was given the power to resist Satan and overcome the power of sin - through Jesus Christ! Once I was powerless but now I am powerful.  Whenever I forget where this power comes from I am at risk of falling into the pit of slime again! "The Message" translates Romans 7:21 - 8:1 in this way:
I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end if my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that really the question? The answer , thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different. With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved.
I am always one godly decision from not picking up!

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