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Don’t Get Lost in Temptation

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13 Today, I would like you to consider this: Long-term goals are easily lost by today’s temptations. The Apostle Paul shared three areas of temptation. The first is idols. What does this mean for us today? I define Idols using the classical meaning of materialism, which is when people think the only thing that exists, matters, or is worth their attention, is only what they can see or feel. The next temptation is to give into the flesh. This means a pattern of giving in and giving up. For example, I just give in to watching TV all day long or buying

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Good for the Goose, Not for the Gander

“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6:11 Yesterday, we talked about how crucifying the flesh looks different for every person. Today, I want to give you an example to illustrate this point. The bottom line is that when it comes to death to self, what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander!  I recall a story that I heard told by Joan Chittister about a super-nun, kind of like Mother Teresa, who worked every day with the poor and was therefore very frugal. One day, she was invited to have dinner at a very fancy restaurant with other people in the ministry. When she sat down, she looked at the menu and was in shock when she saw the price of the steaks, hors d’oeuvres and wine that her party was ordering. With a

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Who Governs Your Mind?

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6 While the term government may not evoke positive emotions for many of us who hear it nowadays, when we look at it objectively, the word govern simply has to do with making and enforcing laws or policy. In short, it means to preside or to rule over something or someone. Therefore, when we examine Romans 8:6, the inference is that our minds — or the part of us that controls our reasoning, thoughts, and intellect — has a ruler or a governor. Someone or something tells us what to do and how to behave, and the Apostle Paul explains that there are two possible directors for this activity: the flesh and the Holy Spirit. It may be helpful to think of these “rulers” of our reason as a

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