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Holiness Isn't Magic
Theme of the week: Lord, Rescue Me!
Monday, April 30, 2012

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Key Bible Verse: "And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one." (Matthew 6:13) Dig Deeper: Matthew 4:1-11

Last month I took a study trip to Israel. On my first morning in Galilee, I woke up early and turned on the television. Instantly I saw a topless woman. I quickly turned the channel to Anderson Cooper and started my travel workout routine of pushups and situps. I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to turn the channel back. But I worked out to CNN, turned the television off, went to breakfast, and told my travel buddies about it.

Porn felt out of place on the beautiful shores of Galilee. I felt let down, because I always feel I should be above that temptation, but I am not. I also felt let down by an illusion shattered. I had been holding the illusion that this would be a magical trip with holiness spilling all around, magically infusing me through my feet, as it were, as I walked the footsteps of Jesus.

But holiness isn't magic. It's a choice to make the same decision that Jesus made when he was tempted. It's a choice to lean into God's Word. It's a choice to draw near to God the Father. And it's a choice to allow him to transform your thinking.

—Mike Howerton in Glorious Mess

My Response: What changes might I need to make so that I can avoid those things that tempt me the most?

Adapted from Glorious Mess (Baker, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, reveal those areas in my life where I'm most vulnerable to sin; forgive me when I give in to temptation; empower me by your grace so that I might live a godlier life.

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