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Stupid Choices
Theme of the week: Lord, Rescue Me!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Key Bible Verses: Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 7:24-25) Dig Deeper: Romans 7

The other day I saw a great quote from Andy Stanley: "Are you trying to pray your way out of a situation you behaved your way into?"

The answer is almost always yes! At least in my life it is.

When I was in junior high I had a pyromaniac buddy named Carson (or he had a pyromaniac buddy named Mike). He was spending the night, and he asked if I had ever lit deodorant. I was like: Of course. Who hasn't? And he said, "Not the spray kind"—he was asking about the stick kind. Well, no. I hadn't. So, we grabbed my dad's Old Spice stick, put it on the desk in my room, and lit it. Suddenly we were staring at a three-foot green flame.

Then I noticed the ceiling above the flame turning brown and that the deodorant was melting and spilling all over my desk as liquid flame. Fortunately, we grabbed our sleeping bags and smothered the fire. If anyone ever needed to be rescued from his own choices, it was me.

We all need rescuing, even from situations we have behaved our way into. Jesus sees how we choose our way over his. He loves us anyway, and he wants us to experience his rescue.

—Mike Howerton in Glorious Mess

My Response: Do I believe that God is always there to rescue me from situations I have "behaved" myself into? Why or why not?

Thought to Apply: Free grace can go into the gutter, and bring up a jewel!—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher)

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

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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