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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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March 28, 2013 - Avoiding the Snap!

By William E. Richardson

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV).

I recently woke up one morning to the sound of little claws scratching on a hard surface. At first I thought it was a bird beneath the overhang outside the bedroom window.

The family cat alerted me that it was something else. Something crawling around behind the dresser. I took a look. I saw a mouse scrambling around. No problem!

It was afraid of the cat. It was afraid of me. But I knew it couldn't resist the hypnotic aroma of peanut butter. I set a trap. He took the bait. "Snap!"

I've been there. I've experienced the lure of temptation. So have you. The most dangerous traps are appealing, not repulsive. The sights, the sounds, the enticing attraction, can be strong.

But temptation is not a siren song we're powerless against. Thankfully, we differ from the tiny rodent in that God has given us spiritual eyes to recognize the trap and the spiritual strength to withstand it.

Jesus calls us to responsibility. He said we need to reign in our thoughts as well as our outward actions. He warned us that God equates lustful thinking with adultery itself (Matthew 5:27,28). He cautioned that using words as weapons are as harmful as murder (Matthew 5:21,22).

But He didn't leave us powerless. Our tools against temptation are listed in James 4:7,8. We can draw closer to God. We can turn a deaf ear to the devil's alluring whispers and turn away from the false pictures he paints in our minds. We can protect ourselves by ceasing practices we excuse and we can sweep out some of the thoughts we let ourselves entertain.

We aren't powerless mice. God promised that when even the strongest temptation draws us, He'll show us a way out. We can "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at lights4god.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

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