Temptation Has Its Price

Gas prices are high, food prices are high, health insurance premiums are high and it seems just about everything else is moving in that direction. Temptation has its price point too! It will always look like it is posing a sale when in reality it will cost you far more than the price tag! This is the nature of temptation. It usually looks good, tastes good, feels good and sounds good on the front end, but after you bite into the apple of temptation you discover the price you paid was far too high! The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 6:19-20…

Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

Temptation has a price but so does God. These verses tell us a little about the price tag on our carcass. God paid a premium for you and me. He paid the ransom. He bought us not with money but with the blood of Jesus Christ. Let’s live our lives today in such a way that we remember our value to God. He literally paid more than gold for you and me! Hallelujah what a Savior! This encourages me to live my life not for fleshly pleasure but to please God. Let’s make that our goal for today.

God bless you.

~Randy


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Temptation vs Sin

There is a difference, a big difference! There is a big difference between temptation and sin. Temptation is not sin, at all! Yet, they are so closely connected and related. David in the Psalms in one particular chapter is expressing his deep remorse and regret for the sins he had committed. That is what repentance is all about. David did not take the subject casually, nor should we. Psalm 51:11 says…

Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.

David gets it. He understands that sin is a big deal. That is why I am making temptation a big deal. My goal for us is to better forecast temptation so we do not end up in Psalm 51. But if we do end up in Psalm 51 God is not going to leave us or forsake us. But He will want to clean us up!

Today I am thankful that my poor choices do not remove God from my life. And secondly, I have a God who desires to clean me up not chew me out. For this we all need to be thankful. I trust you will have a great day with the Lord.

~Randy


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A Special Gift

Have you ever been surprised with a gift you did not expect to receive? Better yet, have you ever given a gift that someone else was not expecting to receive? Either way, when something wonderful is given and received that is not expected it makes for a wonderful experience.

Such is the case with God being involved in your life this very day. The Bible says in Luke 11:13…

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?

God is telling us His better than good gift to us today is His precious Holy Spirit. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving! But we must ask for His presence and His power in our lives.

As we walk through our day today and should temptation come knocking at our door we have been given a gift from God that is better than any earthly gift. The Holy Spirit is our gift to RECEIVE today because God has made Him available for us. What a very special gift. The Holy Spirit will help you face temptation and win!

Have a great day! ~Randy


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An Upper Hand

It sometimes seems like temptation always has the upper hand on us. It does not need to be this way. We can have the upper hand over temptation. There is a Biblical approach to this happening.

The Bible says in Luke 1:35...

The angel replied to her:

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.

Wow! What a powerful passage of Scripture. What the Holy Spirit did for Mary He can do for us today in 2012. Think of the Holy Spirit overshadowing your life this day. Not a shadow that is behind you or beside you based on the angle of the SUN; rather over you based on the angle of the SON in your heart!

I pray today your focus will not be on how large the presence of temptation is in your life, rather your focus will be how large the presence of the Holy Spirit is in your life.

In addition, remember there is ONE out there who is in need of a Savior. May God help you to be in a place today where you might have influence to that ONE God has placed in your life.

Have a great day! ~Randy


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A Dose of the Holy Spirit

Good morning. I trust you are looking forward to having a great day. For some it will be a good day, and for others it could be a difficult day. No matter how the day turns out...good bad, or otherwise, temptation could come banging at your door.

I am reminded of Acts 10:45 where it says...

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

Wow! Think with me for a moment of what the implications of this verse is for our lives. By mentioning the Gentiles, this means all non-Jews now have what Jesus came to give to the Jews. He actually came to give it to all of us. So with that said, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Think of the words "poured out". Picture a large barrel of water just over your head and the bottom is released and all that water comes rushing down upon you from the top of your head to the souls of your feet. This is the kind of imagery we can have when picturing the Holy Spirit being poured out upon our lives.

Once drenched in the Holy Spirit we become different people. We have Him to help us say no to temptation. He speaks to us inside our heart and tells us what is good for us and what is bad for us.

Today, remember you have received a dose of the Holy Spirit. You have been empowered to live victoriously. God bless you richly.

Have a great day. ~Randy

 


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