Enjoying the Journey

One of Satan’s lies is that the besetting sin in your life (you know the one) will always defeat you. “That’s just the way you are and it will never change.” Remember that the devil is a liar and the father of all lies (John 8:44). The God of truth says something quite different: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13). A way to escape. There it is – God makes a way to live…

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The goal of reading and studying should not be knowing, it is should be living. Many people have a head full of facts but a life empty of truth. In fact, the very educated and learned Apostle declared, “Knowledge puffeth up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Our desire is to grow, not just just know. Through the years the Lord has used a wide range of books to encourage me and challenge me regarding different areas of my Christian life. A book often has its greatest impact because of the timing in which it is read. This is why one person’s “favorite” may not be another’s. It would be impossible to provide you with an exhaustive list of even the books that…

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There are many daily blessings in the Christian life. There are also daily battles. One of the ironies of walking with Christ is that much of the blessing comes through the battles. It is near the front lines, in the heat of war, where the victory is seen and God is known. Satan, the adversary of God and accuser of the brethren, is constantly standing against us. He attacked Job (Job 1:9-11), stood against David (1 Chronicles 21:1), raised his head against Joshua the high priest (Zech. 3:1-2), and sought to stop Daniel’s prayer from being answered (Dan. 10:10-13). He even came against the Perfect Man, the Lord Jesus Christ! Do not think that you will be the exception. “Beloved, think…

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Some of life’s greatest defeats come after great victories.  Call it lack of vigilance, a false sense of your own strength.  There are many reasons.  Be sure of this: If God is blessing, the devil is fighting!  He always opposes what God ordains. The story is told of a young man in Napoleon’s army who had given a valiant effort in battle.  Others recommended him immediately for promotion.  The experienced general quietly asked, “What did he do the day after the victory?” It is after the victory that the real battle begins.  This is the time that is the true test of a man’s integrity.  It was after great victories that King David committed adultery and murder.  It was after…

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We all want to live in victory over sin.  The key to victory over sin is learning victory over temptation.  “Resist small beginnings”, a wise man once said.  Deal with the seed and you will not have to overcome a forest of sin’s consequences. Temptation is a fleshly assault by the enemy.  He appeals to our lust, our pride – our flesh.  It is impossible to combat fleshly temptation with the energy of the flesh.  Pastor Sexton has often said that you must deal, not only with the devil, but the devil’s friends!  He has a friend in me and in you.  Flesh is complicit with the temptation because we desire to please ourselves! The only way to meet fleshly…

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It is often after victories that the greater defeat comes.  We win.  We rejoice.  We let down our guard.  The problem is that Satan never lets down his attack.  Vigilance is in short supply today and more desperately needed than ever. Remember that it was after the Spirit descended on Christ at the baptism that the devil brought his most intense temptation.  It was after the day of Pentecost that persecution arose.  It was after David’s battlefield triumphs that he had a tragic failure.   The Christian life is always present tense.  There is no place to stop. A young man in Napoleon’s army was said to have given a valiant effort in battle.  Others recommended him for promotion.  The…

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