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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 20, 2012 - Defeating Destructive Desires

By Dave Kidd

“When you are being tempted, do not say, ‘God is tempting me.’ God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death”?(James 1:13-15, NLT).

It happens so easily. Before we even catch it, a thought is conceived in our mind and we find ourselves dwelling on it. It can be triggered by a glance in the wrong direction at precisely the wrong time, and the wheels of our minds start spinning a yarn of trouble.

Paul described the “desires of your sinful nature” as a breeding ground for a lifestyle of sensuality, and he clearly warned that following those desires would cost believers the Kingdom.

 This life is a battleground. But how will we respond to the battle? We can fluff it off and say, “This is how God made me.” Or we can admit our sinful desires are opposed to God’s plan for us. To excuse our behavior is to welcome defeat. To embrace God’s plan is to embrace spiritual and eternal victory.

 This Scripture declares that lust is produced by our sinful nature. However, as Christians we have been reborn in Christ Jesus. As we yield ourselves to the influence of the Holy Spirit, who produces Christlikeness in us, those things that are part and parcel of our old nature begin and continue to diminish.

 Is it easy? No way! It’s a battle, and we cannot forsake our battle gear: daily time in God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15); time spent in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17); and allowing God to speak to us through the counsel of fellow believers (Hebrews 10:24).

— Dave Kidd is lead pastor at True North Church (AG) in Minerva, Ohio.



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