… Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG
Thoughts for Today
The sin of proximity involves occasions for sin that we consciously or unconsciously bring upon ourselves—these usually occur because we have not completely cut our relationship with our chronic sin habits. (There are other occasions for sin that are totally beyond our control and seem to come out of nowhere. Although we can’t prevent these occasions, we need to be mentally and spiritually prepared to resist the temptations when they do occur.)
Cutting our relationship with sinful habits requires serious choices. Today’s scripture warns us not to let ourselves think about ways to indulge our evil impulses. When we find ourselves thinking about how to gratify our sinful natures, we are setting ourselves up for an occasion to sin. This thinking process can be very subtle and deceptive. We may go into a bookstore telling ourselves we are looking for a science fiction book, but, once in the store, gravitate toward the pornography section.
Let us ask God to help us be honest with ourselves and to make the right choices.
Father, help me to be honest with myself when I make these serious choices. Help me to make choices that will keep me away from any occasion for sin. Help me to honestly avoid the things and situations I know would be enticing. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Crossroads Group: Choosing the Road to Sexual Purity, by David E. Longacre, is for those who desire to continue to walk in purity, as well as for individuals who are already trapped and looking for a way out. It is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
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