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Stop Resisting Temptation. Start Refocusing Your Attention

Resisting Temptation

I  have discovered that why a lot of us are being defeated by temptation is because we are busy resisting instead of refocusing our attention. When you think more about something, that’s how you attract it more.

So to overcome temptation stop trying to fight it, just refocus. What you resist often times keep on persisting.

In the book of 2 Corinthians 10:5 “The Bible tells us to take captive every kind of though ad make it obedient to Christ

This should be our lifestyle as believers. Our ability to subject our thoughts to the patterns of Jesus is what builds our capacity and help us overcome.

Its Time To Change Your Focus

If you constantly occupy your mind with good thoughts, ther will not be room for any kind of evil thought that may lead you to temptation and sin.

In the book of Romans 12:21 The bible reminds us not to allow ourselves to be overcome by evil, but rather overcoming evil with good.”

Here’s an example – while watching your TV and you are being tempted by what you see, stop telling yourself “I will not watch this” Instead, lay hands on your remote control and change the channel.

Remember that temptation always starts with a thought and once your attention is captured by the devil you will fall into sin but if he can’t get your attention then you can not be tempted.

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This is the same trick advertisers use. They work on your attention, grab your emotions and then it all leads action.

Anything that captures your attention, has also captured you. When you find yourself being tempted you have to take action immediately by changing your focus.

In the book of Philippians 4:8 the Bible tells us to “fill our minds with those things that are noble, good, pure, lovely, and right”.

Always remember that the more you fight a tempting feeling or thought, the more you grant it permission to control you.

Resisting Temptation is not easy, So stop trying to fight it, instead replace and refocus your thoughts with those things that will help you walk with Jesus and make it at last.

God bless you.

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Living with Need – Cross Walk Devotional

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Do not bother about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall bother for itself. Enough unto the day is the evil thereof – Matthew 6:34

It all began with a huge doctor’s bill. Over the past few months I had been trying to do a better job at planning my finances. This had never been one of my strong points, but slowly, surely, I felt like I was starting to make progress toward becoming a true, dependent adult.

Then the doctor’s bill came. Aside from putting a huge dent in my finances, what made things even more infuriating was that I began to remember the appointment in question.

The doctor was almost two hours late and had left me waiting in one of those minor examination rooms, believing I’d die of old age before he arrived.

Next, there had been the tetanus report that left my arm feeling stiff and painful throughout the day. Now I was looking down at a small piece of paper that told me I was expected to pay a ridiculous sum of money for the inconvenience of both.

I decided the first thing to do was pray and ask God to help me with my finances. When I finished, I began flipping through my Bible for some logic of assurance.

I finally landed on this verse in Philippians:

I express joy in the Lord greatly that now at distance you have re-energized your worry for me. You were actually worried for me, but you had no chance. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in any kind of situation I am to be content.

I know how to be humbled, and I know how to flourish. In any and every situation, I have learned the secret of facing abundantly and starvation, wealth and need. Am able to do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Ye have done well that ye communicated with my affliction.

This was not the response I had hoped for. No one likes being told to tighten their belt, and as I began cleaning up my apartment I couldn’t help feeling a little annoyed at God. Midway through my work, I understood I had just enough food in my store, my rent was paid, and my car hadn’t died on me yet. So perhaps I’d have to eat remnants for a few meals or spend an evening studying instead of going out, so maybe I was living with a little bit of need; I had a lot more than many.

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the ways God has blessed our lives. We worry about what we don’t have, instead of looking around and acknowledging what God has already provided. So when times of need start to make you uneasy remember that God will always provide, though not always in the way you might expect.

Intersecting Faith and Life: Count your blessings. There are almost surely more of them than it may seem

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Daily Cross Walk Devotional: Defying Gravity

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Defying Gravity

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as charitable as this? All comes of thee, and thine own have we given thee 1 Chronicles 29:14

I was in elementary school, family friends made the choice to leave the States for Kiev, Ukraine. The family of seven, including children my age, had to downgrade from a four-bedroom suburban home to an 800 square foot flat. That involves getting rid of a house full of clothes, toys, yard tools, furniture, dishes & a whole host of personal choices and “needs.” Each family member had the luxury of one big trunk as they progressed halfway around the world.

For this family, however, the joy of sharing the Gospel in a former USSR satellite nation outweighed all their assets. My dad inquired from his friend how he was handling the sudden “loss.” His answer was telling.

“Truly,” the new missionary replied, “this is the most liberate thing I’ve ever done.”

This family found an exceptional liberty far before I began to sniff it out. For me, this reorientation is coming gradually, helped along recently by a little book called The Treasure Principle. In it, Randy Alcorn uses a science metaphor to explain why our friends felt liberated rather than empty. He writes:

It’s a matter of basic physics. The greater the mass, the greater the grip that mass exerts. The more things we possess—the greater their total mass the more they grip us, setting us in orbit around them. Lastly, like a black hole, they pull us in.

Consider our greed that way – the more stuff, the more mass. The more mass, the greater its gravitational pulls. And the harder it is to escape.

Compare this to David’s exhilaration in 1 Chronicles. He is humbled not by how much God has blessed him with – but by how much God has allowed him to give away. The king of Israel, a center of the ancient world, found his happiness not in the palaces and the women at his disposal, but in the act of returning to God was rightfully God’s. How many of us can say the same?

We live in a carnal, material world. But we have the chance to resist its hold on us with every cent, toy, and “need” that comes our way. Are you ready?

Intersecting Faith & Life: I want to reacquire the joy of giving in a more reasonable way than ever before. As Alcorn puts it, “We give because He first gave to us” the most treasured gift of all. What departments, relations, or other realm cause is on your heart?

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Daily Cross Walk Devotional: Do You Have Unfair Expectations?

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Welcome to today’s daily cross walk devotional

“Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him eyesight or makes him sightless? Is it not I, the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11)

Last week one of the ladies in my office brought some veggie burgers to give away during lunchtime. She is occasionally sent free products or games through a particular company in exchange for dispersing word about them and sending in pictures of her friends & co-workers enjoying the free product. I’d never had a veggie burger, but I thought, Hey, I won’t say no to a free lunch!

Numerous people showed up to the break-room to taste the burgers, but everyone was a little nervous to actually eat them. I went first, my expectations little and my mind open.

It wasn’t bad! In fact, I found it delicious and would consume it again. Later I giggled, thinking there’s no way my husband would enjoy this. You see, my husband is a pretty big fan of a good burger. And, while the veggie burger was delicious in my opinion, it didn’t really taste like a beef burger. It had its own exceptional flavor. It would be difficult to give my husband something that appears like a burger and then tell him that it won’t taste like a burger. Basically displeasure would certainly happen.

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And that got me thinking even further. Isn’t that an epidemic that the human race has most of the time? We have such specific expectations about things. We hear a movie mentioned and commended, set our expectations sky-high, and by the time we watch it, we can’t appreciate it because it doesn’t live up to the publicity. More harmful than movie expectations, however, are the prospects we subconsciously place on our spiritual life or our association with Christ.

“I’m supposed to feel ____ when I worship…right? But I don’t feel it. There must be something wrong with me.”

“Why don’t I hear God’s voice when I pray? Abraham did. Moses did. Does God hear me?”

“My friend _____ speaks in tongues. I’ve never done that. Does that mean I’m not filled with the spirit?”

But Scripture tells us that every mortal existence was created unique, in God’s image, and you have a different part to play in the body of Christ than your neighbor does.

Daily Cross Walk Devotional: All Your Days

“Currently the body is not made up of a part but of many. If the foot should say, “Since I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason terminate to be part of the body… If the entire body consists of an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the entire body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has structured the parts in the body with every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Corinthians 12:14-18).

Intersecting Faith and Life: The next time you allow your expectations to devalue you, remember that prospects rob us of joy in the here-and-now. Be current! Be appreciative! Remember that your experiences and your role in the church are meant to be unique and shouldn’t be equaled to anyone else’s.

 

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