This devotional blog was written by a good friend, Larry Sewell. Larry’s prayer is that God would use it in your life.

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Do you ever feel like you are a “sin magnet”?  If you are anything like me, (poor you), there are a few things that I have a tough time with from time to time.  I hate my sin.  Yet, it’s there.  Sometimes I wonder if God purposely left that old nature in me so that He might develop it into a strength to help me avoid yielding to the temptation in the first place.

As long as we are in this body we will be subject to temptation.  This is a fact we have to live with on a daily basis.  1 Corinthians 10:13 is a wonderful comfort for believers.  Do you know why?  God’s Word states it this way: “But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience.  And God is faithful.  He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it”.  Also, we need to know that temptation in itself is NOT sinful.

So then, when we are tempted don’t be stunned into an immobile state or become discouraged.  We are not alone in this condition.  On the other hand, we must also remember that temptation does not give us a license to just throw up our hands and yell “yahoo, let’s party with a vengeance!!”  Let’s step back and look at God’s way.

Since we are creatures of habit it could very well be that a recurring sin has a strong tie to a bad habit. Sometimes what we do becomes so engrained in us that it just seems like the normal thing to do.  In dealing with our stubborn sins be reminded that life with God is a GROWING experience…and the hallmark of growth is…growth by definition takes time.

God is faithful.  He is always there for us.  So why doesn’t He remove that miserable, wretched sin that keeps me crashing into a tree!?  In the words of one commentator it is: “…because facing it and remaining strong will be a growing experience.”  It is in the struggle to become strong, the resisting of the temptation and the standing a against temptation, that the believer will grow and mature.  You see, God promises to make it possible to resist the temptation.  When we recognize who the tempter is on the one hand, AND Who the source of our strength is on the other hand, we then see the secret to resisting.  Praise His Holy Name!!!  That, dear brothers and sisters, brings about the victorious Christian life, I do believe!

J. Larry Sewell