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Where Is It That We Struggle Most?

Romans 7:18

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Have you ever felt one way and yet ended up going another way? Silly question I guess – since we are all human and most know the right thing to do but have succumbed to the wrong way in our lives. We often know the right way – and yet yield to the wrong way. We fight temptations and evil – but at times we fail in our struggle. We fall short and sin.

Where is it that we struggle the most? For some it is what we put into our bodies that tempt us. That could mean drugs or alcohol or it could mean overeating – all are harmful to us – and we know it – yet some of us continue to abuse our bodies with what we put into them. We try diets – we try to be sober – we try to walk the steps – but – at times – we succumb to what is harmful for us. Continue reading

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I Rebuke My Sinful Nature

Romans 7:18

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Have you ever felt one way and yet ended up going another way? Silly question I guess – since we are all human and most know the right thing to do but have succumbed to the wrong way. We often know the right way – and yet yield to the wrong way. We fight temptations and evil – but at times we fail in our struggle. I know I have more times than I wish to remember.

Where is it that we struggle the most? For some it is with what we put into our bodies. That could mean drugs and it could mean overeating – both are harmful to us – and we know it – yet some of us continue to abuse our bodies with what we put into them. We try diets – we try to be sober – we try to walk the steps – but – at times – we succumb to what is harmful for us. Again – I have a mirror up as I type this devotional seeing myself! Continue reading

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Where Is It We Struggle The Most?

Romans 7:18

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMHave you ever felt one way and yet ended up going another way? Silly question I guess – since we are all human and most know the right thing to do but have succumbed to the wrong way. We often know the right way – and yet yield to the wrong way. We fight temptations and evil – but at times we fail in our struggle.

Where is it that we struggle the most? For some it is what we put into our bodies. That could mean drugs and it could mean overeating – both are harmful to us – and we know it – yet some of us continue to abuse our bodies with what we put into them. We try diets – we try to be sober – we try to walk the steps – but – at times – we succumb to what is harmful for us.

Where is it that we struggle the most? For some it is their behavior. Some of us have trouble with interpersonal relationships. Some have tempers – some use foul language – some have faithfulness issues – some are gossips – and more. We probably know we should do better – and may even desire to do better – but the flesh is weak it seems. Continue reading

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Don’t You Just Hate It When People Use Foul Language?

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Man – some radio jocks – some TV and movie stars – some comedians – some folks on Facebook – really need to hear this word from God!   Their choice of words leaves a lot to be desired.  I mean I’ve stopped listening to programs on TV because of the language being used.  I’ve even had to turn off some sports programs on my favorite all-sports channel.  I won’t watch certain shows on TV and don’t go to too many movies.  I’ve unfriended or hidden some folks on Facebook because of the language they use.  Some people use such foul language!  They even take the Lord’s name in vain!  And there is a commandment about that with a warning!

Exodus 20:7 – You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

But wait – maybe I should listen to some of the stuff I say.  I mean – I may not curse – or take the Lord’s name in vain – but I do not always build people up with the words I use.  I mean – when I play basketball – I often try to get into the heads of the players on the other team – saying some things that are not very uplifting.  I learned to play ball on the streets of Seat Pleasant with some folks on Addison Road and in some of the projects of Annapolis – and you took every advantage you could get.  At times I have been known to be less than uplifting when talking to my staff or even my children or wife.

Maybe we should all consider what we say – and think before we speak – and lift people up – help build their self-esteem – and be a blessing rather than a detriment.  What do you think?  I think this should be our plan!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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