Theme: OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS
Text: “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” – Romans 13:14
Comment: We need to remove ourselves from the presence of things or individuals who tempt or make us stumble. It is extremely difficult to keep one’s mind set on the things of God when our flesh is being continually enticed by sinful things, including things that may be out of sight but still accessible to us. This is particularly true for substances that our bodies crave and become addicted to, such as drugs, tobacco, alcohol, pornography, immoral habits, etc.
We must remove all things in our lives that have even the remotest possibility of taking us back to sin. Throw out or destroy any and all pornography in every form – movies, books, magazines – and remove any chance of going to pornographic internet sites by using a filtering program, a must for men. Stop watching movies that depict immorality. Remove from your home any occult objects or things that bother your conscience.
Don’t worry about what it may have cost you; no amount of money is worth your stumbling in sin. Don’t go to parties or places where there are things that will be a struggle for you. If there are people who are tempting you to sinful behaviors, stop associating with them. The Bible says: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33, see also Proverbs 1:10.