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Stay Away From Temptation; Fill Your Minds With Good; Chapt. 27 Purpose Driven Life

Posted by infinitygoods on March 9, 2008

Tree Roots by pzel in Flickr public files“Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable”  Philippians 4:8

Rick Warren gives us a concise plan for defeating the devil’s temptations.  When evil thoughts keep attacking our mind, he tells us to focus our attention on something else.  We need to distract ourselves.

The second step is to find a friend or support group to help us when we feel vulnerable.  Someone to listen and help us through our struggles.

Know our Bible verses to use as powerful ammunition.  Jesus himself taught us to quote verses to Satan.  We can’t do that if we have not memorized verses.  Warren recommends a verse a week.

Warren made me laugh when he wrote not to argue with the devil, because he is “better at arguing than you are, having had thousands of years to practice.”  In that light, boy are we completely inexperienced newborn babies so dependent on our Father.

Just like newborns, we are totally vulnerable and therefore need to stay away from temptation, because once in the middle of it, it will be much harder to resist.

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Are You Pro-Choice? God Is! Purpose Driven Life Chapt. 26

Posted by infinitygoods on March 8, 2008

Buttress Roots by alumroot in Flickr public files“We are tempted when we are drawn away and trapped by our own evil desires.  Then our evil desires conceive and give birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.  Do not be deceived, my dear friends!”

No, this post is not about abortion.  I just couldn’t resist the temptation to tease you with that headline!  🙂  Now that I have your attention:  God is pro-choice!  He gives us the choice between good and evil; to sin or not to sin; to obey or to disobey.  He does not force us to do anything.  He gives us complete free will.  We are not puppets on a string.  We are not programed robots.

Each time we are tempted it shows Satan hates our faith.  He wants to destroy our faith and he wants to destroy us.  The sin is not ours when we are tempted, it is his.  He is the one doing the tempting.  He is the one who is sinning in perpetuity by loving himself more than God and by trying every trick to destroy our souls.

Rick Warren asks us when are we most tempted?  Where are we most tempted?

Think of Satan as the most vile allergy and avoid all triggers like the plague.   Then, always ask God for His help.  He is always there ready to protect us.  It is our choice to ask for help or to sin.

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