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Toys of Sin

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Cor. 13:11)

Every time I read this verse, my mind is jogged back to when my oldest daughter was a child. She used to play in her room for hours with her dolls, lining them up along the wall, and scolding them, or whatever little girls do with their dolls. One time though, I peeked in and she was just lying on her bed reading a book. I asked her why she wasn

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:amen:

Don't put that whiskey in the back of the cabinet; pour it down the drain.

Don't put that porn magazine or movie in a drawer somewhere; destroy it and put it in the trash.

Don't push the raunchy DVDs to the back; crack them and can them.

Don't keep up that flirtatious "friendship"; end it and separate from them.

Whatever sins you have in your life, discard them, don't put them in a box in the back of the closet where they will serve as a temptation and an easy door back into sinful actions.

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Thanks for your exhortation. Reminds me of this passage:

Hebrews 12:12-13 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

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Oh, Brother ! YOU ARE SO RIGHT ! This is why I love this site ! Just like the Word of God says reproove , rebuke and exhort one another. AMEN ! Your note has ME doing some soul searching .
I have found in my own life that it is a matter of simply Trusting and obeying . I understand Satan is ALWAYS going to throw temptations in our faces BUT ....
Scripture speaks of sactification and is not that what it TAKES ? To overcome those little ``pet sins ``? Paul says ``I count all things but loss ..``Phil. 3:8 also Prov. 3:5-7.
What it comes down to is HOW Much do we truly LOVE CHRIST ? Enough to put our whole being into His WORD and let Him control us or do we want Him controling us only when it is convenient ? We are tempted when drawn away of our own lusts . Yet God cannot be tempted. So if we be in CHRIST we can hide under His wing from temptation . Yet God gives us a free will .
I like to say I LOVE GOD but do I really if I only want to obey Him when it is convenient? `NUFF chatter .
May God bless

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:amen:

Don't put that whiskey in the back of the cabinet; pour it down the drain.

Don't put that porn magazine or movie in a drawer somewhere; destroy it and put it in the trash.

Don't push the raunchy DVDs to the back; crack them and can them.

Don't keep up that flirtatious "friendship"; end it and separate from them.

Whatever sins you have in your life, discard them, don't put them in a box in the back of the closet where they will serve as a temptation and an easy door back into sinful actions.


AMEN! That is what this devotion is all about--completely annihilating our sin and never being able to retrieve it again! Good comment, bro. perhaps it is called "Burning bridges" behind us.

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AMEN! That is what this devotion is all about--completely annihilating our sin and never being able to retrieve it again! Good comment, bro. perhaps it is called "Burning bridges" behind us.


Question : is there any other way to ``discard `` them ,than by reading and studying the Word of God and letting IT cleanse them from our lives ? I have always relied on this cleansing myself. And find that if I ``run`` with the world I`ll get dirtied up again and have to spend MORE time in Word and prayer in order to cleanse myself . Otherwise I stay ``stinky`` with sin . Am I right or am I wrong ?
God bless

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Question : is there any other way to ``discard `` them ,than by reading and studying the Word of God and letting IT cleanse them from our lives ? I have always relied on this cleansing myself. And find that if I ``run`` with the world I`ll get dirtied up again and have to spend MORE time in Word and prayer in order to cleanse myself . Otherwise I stay ``stinky`` with sin . Am I right or am I wrong ?
God bless



Psa 119:9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

yes, we let the word do the actual cleansing, but we have a responsibility to run with the right kind of people too. The Lored will not "make" you do right, you have to be careful to do it too. Everything we read, watch on tv; or even the people we associate with will affect our walk with the Lord to some extent. WE must decide to do right.

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Psa 119:9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

yes, we let the word do the actual cleansing, but we have a responsibility to run with the right kind of people too. The Lored will not "make" you do right, you have to be careful to do it too. Everything we read, watch on tv; or even the people we associate with will affect our walk with the Lord to some extent. WE must decide to do right.


wholeheartedly agree ! Dont you find its a daily job though? With all the ``things we have in our lives today computer tech. ,television etc etc. ,it seems even being around other Christians ,we have to constently allow the Word to work in us . The ONLY way to do this is to keep in constent touch with the scriptures ! But then again isnt that what the Lord wants in the first place ? Constent fellowship with HIM !

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A very good point, I wish the sins of the mind were easier to permanently remove.


blossom ,where do you think these other sins start ? Its like the apostle Paul says ,we MUST die daily to self .
I believe thats why daily (early morning) devotions are so important . We can take a daily spiritual bath in the Word and remind ourselves right off to ``die daily to self``.
IN Christ our Lord

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blossom ,where do you think these other sins start ? Its like the apostle Paul says ,we MUST die daily to self .
I believe thats why daily (early morning) devotions are so important . We can take a daily spiritual bath in the Word and remind ourselves right off to ``die daily to self``.
IN Christ our Lord


:amen: I know in my own life that back when I determined to read the Word of God every morning there was a wonderful change. Taking the time to put God first every morning and feeding upon His Word is an excellent way to start the day.

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:amen: I know in my own life that back when I determined to read the Word of God every morning there was a wonderful change. Taking the time to put God first every morning and feeding upon His Word is an excellent way to start the day.


I truly believe that (through practical experience with Gods Word )this is the only way to keep us ,``spiritually``from sin . Oh sure we can in the flesh ,battle with ourselves ,BUT that never lasts ! Its only when we open up the Word and our hearts to it that we can find true and lasting peace from our sin ! LET Gods Word DO IT ! After all ,isnt that what the Lord wants anyway? Prov.3:5,6,7.
2 Tim. 2:23 These two passages might seem unrelated to some ,but I see a great relationship between the two. I have used these FOR YEARS to battle daily sin and trials and they work. Even preached a message on Prov. 3:5,6,7 one time about how this simple bit of scripture can be like a spiritual ``firstaid`` kit to us in times of trials and temptation.

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We are told to abide in the Word and the Word will abide in us. We can't do this if we don't spend time in the Word. We need daily time, not once a week or a couple times a month.

You are so right about the losing battle we fight when we try to fight in our own strength. Looking back I can see how futile my attempts were prior to spending daily time in the Word and fighting the battles with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

There is no substitute!

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I truly believe that (through practical experience with Gods Word )this is the only way to keep us ,``spiritually``from sin . Oh sure we can in the flesh ,battle with ourselves ,BUT that never lasts ! Its only when we open up the Word and our hearts to it that we can find true and lasting peace from our sin ! LET Gods Word DO IT ! After all ,isnt that what the Lord wants anyway? Prov.3:5,6,7.
2 Tim. 2:23 These two passages might seem unrelated to some ,but I see a great relationship between the two. I have used these FOR YEARS to battle daily sin and trials and they work. Even preached a message on Prov. 3:5,6,7 one time about how this simple bit of scripture can be like a spiritual ``firstaid`` kit to us in times of trials and temptation.


2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me

Yes, if we try to walk the Christian life under our own power we will be a total failure, but yet if we walk the walk under the power of God, we can be overcomers, have victory over sin.

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It amazes me the number of professing Christians who never or rarely ever read their Bible outside of church.

The Word of God is such a blessing and we should all partake of it more than we do. I love how that no matter how many times I've read the Word, our Lord always shows me something "new", something fresh, and enlightens, teaches and guides me.

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It amazes me the number of professing Christians who never or rarely ever read their Bible outside of church.

The Word of God is such a blessing and we should all partake of it more than we do. I love how that no matter how many times I've read the Word, our Lord always shows me something "new", something fresh, and enlightens, teaches and guides me.

That's the key, though - "professing" Christians. Very, very few people who profess to be Christians are. We see this fact abundantly displayed in our nation.
God bless,
Joel.

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Whatever sins you have in your life, discard them, don't put them in a box in the back of the closet where they will serve as a temptation and an easy door back into sinful actions.


I agree indeed. In my lost days of spending countless funds on drugs and alcohol, I would simply place all my "stuff" in the draws and hope for the best. But once I placed my ENTIRE faith in the Lord, oh how things changed!!!

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A fellow that lives down the road from me, who is a deacon, missed church services on Sunday evenings quite often. Here some time back he got a new fishing boat, now he misses it even more often.

 

I suppose there' just not enough time on Saturday to get enough fishing time.

 

I did not know the man but I was told a deacon & adult Sunday school teacher of one church would quite often come the church pulling his fishing boat on Sunday morning  & that on Sundays he pulled his fishing boat to church, he was always absent Sunday night. He had 3 children, I understand that he finally quite church, & that his children quite upon graduating high school.

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Local sports have been more and more drawing folks away from church. Before the schools consolidated it was understood that Sunday was a "no activity day". At one time even Wednesday nights was a "no activity day". However, after the schools consolidated Wednesday nights soon became just another night for practice and other activities. Sadly, virtually all "church folk" went right along with this, taking their children to and from practice, missing all Wednesday church services, activities and events.

 

After such an easy win for the consolidated school board it wasn't long before they began scheduling practice, games, award banquets and graduations on Sunday. While a tiny number of parents raised some question about this (the rest simply went along just as they had with Wednesday nights) they were quick to fold out of fear of their children having to miss out on those things. Once again the school board had turned many families away from church in pursuit of temporary, worldly activities.

 

Our pastor attended some school board meetings when this first came up, attempting to at the very least keep Sunday as a day of no school activities. He also wrote letters to the editor which were printed and spoke out from the pulpit of the fact that if all the church families refused to go along with school activities on Sundays the school would be forced to halt them due to lack of attendance. Our pastor tried to rally some other pastors together to take a stand against school activities on Sundays but not a single other pastor would step up.

 

How sad to see all these "good church families" put school sports and other activities before God.

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