Thursday, June 18, 2009

An Antidote to Temptation

Isaiah 52:14-15
(14) As many were astonished at you-- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind--
(15) so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand.

Do you follow Christ? If so, think about this verse. Many of us have seen "The Passion of the Christ," and we likely winced a little bit when Jesus was beaten. Think about what you saw and compare it to this passage. I think Gibson went kind of light on the beating.

I met with someone yesterday who is in the early stages of trying to put his life back together after a longtime enslavement to pornography. We talked about what I did when I was pursuing freedom. I mentioned how I would think on Christ's passion when I was tempted to sin. I would remember what He did on the cross for my sins. That reminder would adjust my thinking back to devotion for the one who was so devoted for me.

What are you thinking about? How much time are you spending on vain trivialities? Of course, there is a place for recreation, but there is also a time for serious reflection on what happened at Calvary. Are you going to the cross when tempted?

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