God's Word vs. Sin
Pray that you will not be overcome by temptation (Luke 22:40).
Our loving and merciful heavenly Father hates sin, not just because it is an offense to Him, but because in His wisdom He knows it can hurt or destroy us, who are the very objects of His love. The Ten Commandments were given to liberate us, not to impose arbitrary rules, but as boundaries to keep us out of trouble and to protect us -- because He cares for us.
Sometime ago I was talking with a dear, beloved minister friend who had left the pulpit. His life had crumbled around him. He was separated and divorced from his wife and all kinds of problems resulted.
I knew him to be a man of the Word, a man of prayer, a man who had unusual gifts and abilities to discern the will of God and who had led thousands of people to Christ. So, as we talked together, I felt led to pointedly ask, "What happened?"
He then quoted that statement you have probably heard, "Sin will keep you from God's Word or God's Word will keep you from sin." He said, "I knew and believed that, but with all the circumstances and all the comings and goings of my life, I more and more ceased to depend on the Lord and His Word, until finally there was little time for God at all. That is when it happened." He then confessed to me how he had fallen into sin.
Oh, dear readers, sin is such a terrible trap. It can seem so attractive, but it is a deadly snare. We must always be on guard by reading and claiming the promises of God's Word, with prayer, "so that you will not fall into temptation" (Luke 24:46, NIV).
Are you struggling with a certain sin? Remember God's words: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (Hebrews 12:1, NIV).
The Holy Spirit gives this warning, then comforting words, "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except 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 Corinthians 10:11-13, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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