Recovering Our Sight
Theme of the week: Escape the Trap of Temptation
Thursday, January 17, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation. (2 Peter 2:9, NASB) Dig Deeper: Ephesians 5:1-14
When we will do anything, whatever it takes, to fulfill a desire, we multiply sin. We harm those around us in pursuit of what we want. Our mo-ment-by-moment, weekly, and monthly disappointments generate an unpleasant temper, a bad mood that then gets worked out on all those around us. We inadvertently create and carry around with us a spiritual atmosphere that is toxic to our loved ones.
The darker our thoughts, the less clarity we have about anything. It is like driving at sunset and forgetting to remove your sunglasses. At some point you realize you are not seeing well, so you remove the sunglasses and enter the world of improved light and sight.
This same progress is possible with moral issues. How can we recover sight? How do we acquire more light? Jesus said he is the light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5). The light to which Jesus points is the polar opposite of the tyranny of our desires. It is a life of total and divine freedom within the kingdom of God. Ongoing and increased knowledge of God and his kingdom agenda can—and I believe will—shape your thoughts, your heart, your desires, and your will, and then your behavior.
—Todd D. Hunter in Our Favorite Sins
My Response: I will reflect on the tyranny of my sinful desires and meditate on God's freeing grace and loving agenda.
Thought to Apply: When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight.—Thomas Watson (British Puritan preacher, writer)
Adapted from Our Favorite Sins (Thomas Nelson, 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
Lord, set me free from any sinful desires and help me to seek only you with all of my heart.
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