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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pebbles of Pride

The enemy will come hard after a victorious week to bombard you with thoughts, attitudes, and temptations.  He plants thoughts in your mind; usually these are temptations that you are drawn to (James 1:14-15).  It is difficult to resists the thoughts if they are somewhat pleasing to you.  It is like that piece of candy--one small taste is never enough.  You cannot play around with sin and expect to win.  Our fleshly desires are to strong...I'm not just talking about sexual desires; but also coveting, anger, bitterness, etc.  They all fall into the same category.

We must be aware we will stumble over pebbles of pride along the path as we venture down from our spiritual mountain.  As we walk and reflect upon our experience, those pebbles grow to a boulders, and before we know it, we are overcome with thoughts from the evil one.  He knows our fleshly desires, even if we are not aware of them, and that is where he tends to drop the pebbles. 

We must be aware these thoughts are from the enemy and not pick them up as our own.  We are redeemed.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:12-14

I am not making light of the attack.  I'm just saying look at what is being targeted, understand where your fleshly desires are, and cling to God.  Please don't entertain them.  They will take you further than you want to go. 

You can't stop the pebbles from falling but you can keep them from becoming boulders in your life.

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