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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

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Think about this…what are some things that you feel you couldn’t live without? TV, the Internet, a dating relationship, drugs, facebook or myspace, cutting? The list could go on and on. Let me tell you, there are so many things today that we can put before our relationship with God. Anything that we feel like we can’t live without and put our dependence on or trust in more than God is an idol.


Well…my blades was an idol that I held close for about 10 years of my life. I would think about it constantly, and sometimes would be so dependant on it that I would take it with me wherever I went. I was consumed by it. I put my trust in a worthless little blade. I trusted it to take away the hurt and to solve all of my life’s problems. Satan would use this little blade to convince me that if I just used it on myself and hurt myself that I would feel better, that I could escape life’s problems. Because as Satan whispered things in my ear like….you’re worthless, nobody loves you, nobody should love you, ect. I fell into the trap of temptation and sin. I decided to take matters in my own hands and punish myself. I started more and more to rely on what Satan was telling me about myself and my circumstances than on the ultimate, absolute truth God has promised us in His Word. I was sinning by trusting in something other than God and His Word. I also was disrespecting God because I was so self absorbed in my struggles and believing the lies in my mind that I failed to appreciate God’s gift through Jesus‘ blood that He shed on the cross. That blood was shed to cover my sin and yours. It didn’t need my feeble, sinful attempts at making up for the sinful person I was or the mistakes I had made. I didn’t rely on God’s love and forgiveness through the sacrifice of His only Son on the cross.


In Hebrews 9 and 10 it talks about how those under the old covenant in the Old Testament would sacrifice animals as an attempt to clear them of their sin. The high priest would go into innermost part of the tabernacle for worship (the holiest of places) once a year but He would take with him the blood from a slaughtered animal as a payment for the sins of himself and for the people. But in Hebrews 9:9 it says that these sacrifices were unable to make the worshipers perfect in conscience. Meaning the blood did nothing, it didn’t take away their sin. It goes on in Hebrews 9:11 though that it is different for us because we are under a different covenant which is the new covenant which sole basis is the blood of Jesus. He is our perfect high priest, to be the payment through His blood on the cross. He died so we could be in constant personal fellowship with Him and not have to go through anyone else but Jesus to be freed from the bondage of our sin. In chapter 10:8 it says that Christ gave an ultimate sacrifice and offered us ultimate forgiveness through His death on the cross, we only need to come to Him and accept that forgiveness. Which means I didn’t need to make myself bleed through cutting to pay the penalty for my sin because Christ already did that for me through His blood on the cross. Back in Hebrews 9:14, it goes on to say after speaking of the old payment for sin through the old covenant…”How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” God offers us forgiveness for every mistake we have ever made and every mistake we will ever make, but that’s not an excuse to just go and sin, but instead, if we are truly living for the Lord we will long for that close relationship with God through Jesus. His forgiveness should draw us into a closer relationship with Him so that we serve Him with our everything.


So I want you guys to think about your own lives, what do you put before God in your life that you need to put aside in order to fully be surrendered to God? Do you know what it is to have that relationship with Him? Have you accepted that you can’t pay for your sin on your own and that you need Christ? I challenge you to not to spend years of your life as I did, believing the lies of Satan instead of the infallible truth of God’s Word. Be totally surrendered to Him.