Good morning sisters
church was really good yesterday: visiting pastor who is the head of a bible school so a very nice, clear, 3 point sermon. Here is what I took away:
English Standard Version (ESV)
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
3 ways not to take care of the flesh
Don't even think about how we could sin. That's sin itself...opening a door for to the devil
Ex: reliving an offence...creates the desire for vengeance. That's taking care of the flesh. Imagining the sin is sin. Stirring up strife makes it worse. Overflows from the heart ..verse from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Must completely refuse the thought. Say it aloud: Lord get that thought away from me.
Anticipate temptation. prepare ourselves for possible temptation. Take the time in the morning to look at our day with God... Lord what am going to be up against today? Lord help me with this situation in advance. Father I'm deciding in advance not to succumb to what I know is possible. Joseph had already decided in advance not to sleep with Potiphar's wife. Daniel decided in advance not to eat the king's food.
Decide in advance what not to do. Situational awareness. A good soldier is conscious about what is going on around him..the better we will be able to fight the fight.
Don't lend ourselves to temptation. Stay out of there! Need to develop discernment between good and evil.
We are given principles of wisdom and not a list of dos and don't s.
Eliminate temptation we know about. If coveting is a problem, stay Away from stores! Why do we keep putting ourselves in these situations. Close those doors. Stop hanging around with people that cause you to sin.muse principles of wisdom to choose situations that get us in trouble. Don't feed bad memories that is taking care of the flesh. You have a problem with worry stop arching the news and things that create worry. Ate questionable friendships leading you away from God? You aren't necessarily bringing them closer.
What did you ladies take away yesterday?
Victory = series of right choices....
Nothing tastes as good as Peace feels!
God bless you and yours!
teen weight 250
starting weight 169
CW: back to 155