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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

THIS ONE MEANS ALOT

EACH "NOTE" THAT I WRITE HERE ON FACEBOOK MEANS ALOT TO ME, BUT THIS ONE IN PARTICULAR HOLDS SPECIAL MEANING.  EVERY NOW AND THEN, I WRITE SOMETHING WITH A CERTAIN PERSON IN MIND AND THIS ONE IS NO EXCEPTION.  I AM WRITING IT FOR SEVERAL PEOPLE AND I LOVE EACH ONE OF THEM VERY, VERY MUCH.  THIS ONE MEANS ALOT TO ME.....THEY DO TOO!

WE ALL STAY AWAY FROM A DOG THAT IS KNOWN TO BITE.  WE MAKE IT OUR BUSINESS TO NOT DRINK SPOILED MILK.  WE DONT HAVE POISONOUS SNAKES AS PETS.  WE WONT DRIVE A VEHICLE WITH WITHOUT BRAKES AND WE SURELY DO NOT PUT OUR HANDS INTO A BLAZING FIRE.   WHY IS IT THEN THAT WE CONTINUE TO DO OTHER THINGS WHICH WE KNOW WILL ONLY HURT US IN THE LONG RUN?  I AM NOT POINTING ANYONE OUT.....I INCLUDE MYSELF IN THIS STATEMENT.  IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF DOING THIS.  WE ALL FIGHT BATTLES IN SOME SHAPE OR FORM.  WE ALL GO THROUGH TRIALS.  WE ALL SIN.  IN FACT, THIS POINT IS ADDRESSED IN 1 JOHN 1:8, 'IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN, WE DECEIVE OURSELVES, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US.'  WE ALL SIN AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. (ROMANS 3:23) 

THE DEVIL KNOWS OUR WEAKNESSES.  HE KNOW HOW TO HIT US WHERE IT HURTS.  HE KNOWS HOW TO BRING US DOWN.  WE AS HUMANS HAVE SO MANY WEAKNESSES.  IT IS IN OUR NATURE TO SIN.  ROMANS 7:18-20 ADDRESSES THIS VERY FACT BY TELLING US, 'FOR I KNOW THAT IN ME (THAT IS, IN MY FLESH) NOTHING GOOD DWELLS; FOR TO WILL IS PRESENT WITH ME, BUT HOW TO PERFORM WHAT IS GOOD I DO NOT FIND.  FOR THE GOOD THAT I WILL TO DO, I DO NOT DO; BUT THE EVIL I WILL NOT TO DO, THAT I PRACTICE.  NOW IF I DO WHAT I WILL NOT TO DO, IT IS NO LONGER I WHO DO IT, BUT SIN THAT DWELLS IN ME.'  I KNOW THIS SCRIPTURE IS WRITTEN IN VERY CONFUSING WORDS, BUT IF YOU READ ITS WORDS SLOWLY, IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE.  IN SIMPLE WORDS, OUR FLESH CAUSES US TO SIN EVEN WHEN WE DONT WANT TO. 

AS I SAID EARLIER, EACH ONE OF US HAS OUR OWN PARTICULAR WEAKNESSES.  IT IS "OUR FAVORITE SINS THAT DO US IN."  WE MIGHT ALL HAVE CERTAIN WEAKNESSES, BUT WE ALL ALSO SHARE ONE AWESOME, MIGHTY, TREMENDOUS GOD!!!  A GOD WHO LOVES US ALL, WHO REMOVES OUR SINS AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST AND WHO WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE US WITH MUCH NEEDED SERENITY AND PEACE.....IF ONLY WE ALLOW HIM TOO!  WE NEED ONLY FOLLOW HIS DIRECTION.   PROVERBS 3:5, 'TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART.  AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.  WE LEAD OURSELVES ASTRAY.  HE PUTS US BACK ON HIS PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  GOD IS SO FORGIVING OF ALL OUR SINS.  HE WANTS US TO COME TO HIM, BAGGAGE AND ALL.  MATTHEW 11:28, "COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST." 

NO MATTER HOW BAD WE BECOME TEMPTED,  NO MATTER HOW EASY IT MIGHT SEEM TO RESORT TO OLD WAYS........GOD IS ON STANDBY, WAITING WITH OUTSTRETCHED HANDS.  1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 TELLS US THAT GOD WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TEMPTEDBEYOND WHAT YOU ARE ABLE, BUT WITH THE TEMPTATION WILL ALSO MAKE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT. 

WHERE WE ARE WEAK, HE IS STRONG!  READ THAT BIBLE....STAND ON HIS WORD...ALLOW GOD TO FULFILL HIS MANY PROMISES IN YOUR LIFE!

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