All you need to grow fine, vigorous grass is a crack in your sidewalk. Sin happens the same way. All you need to grow fine, vigorous sin is a crack in your prayer life. The roots of sin run deep. And if we are not constantly pruning and weeding our lives through prayer and reading the Bible, sin will push through the cracks and rear its ugly head and blossom into a full blown plant before we know it. Why? Because we all were born with a sin nature that makes us rebel against God. When given a choice to do God’s will or our own, our natural inclination is to do what we want. If you want proof, just look at a young child. No one has to teach a child to lie or to be selfish. On the contrary, parents will go to great trouble to teach their child honesty and integrity and to love others more than themselves. Sinning comes naturally. Sin flows through our veins. Its woven into every atom and its in our DNA. Doing what’s right in the sight of God takes a constant conscious effort because temptation is everywhere.
A young, eager salesman was delivering a bid to an engineering firm. The man he was meeting with stepped away from his desk for a few moments and he noticed on the desk was the proposal from a competitor. He was unable to see the total amount of the bid due to a juice can that sat on top of the amount. The temptation was too much for him to resist and as he lifted the can to reveal the amount, thousands of BBs poured from the bottomless can.
Temptation is the doorway that leads to sin and often when we open the door, we end up involved in many sins. For example, when we tell a lie, we often find we end up telling another lie to cover up the first lie until we end up weaving a web of lies that we can’t remember what we told to whom.
This is why Jesus taught his disciples to watch and pray. He knew that His followers were willing to obey His teachings, but that their flesh was weak. We are just like the disciples. As children of God, we are willing to obey Him, but we are just as weak as the they were. So we need to be constantly on our guard – watching for the seeds of temptation that Satan will throw in front of us. And when we see that temptation sticking through the crack, we need to weed it out with prayer and scripture. Quoting the promises from the Bible is exactly what Jesus did in His showdown with Satan. He overcame the temptations because He knew what the Scriptures said and when Satan twisted them up Jesus set him straight. This is why memorizing God’s Word and hiding it in our heart is so important.
So if we want to overcome temptation and sin, we need to watch and pray. We need to weed out sin with the truth of God’s Words and then turn and walk away from the temptation. Don’t sit around with it, admiring it . Walk away from it! The guilt that sin leaves behind is never worth the temporary pleasure found in the sin. So when temptation comes knocking, kneel in prayer.
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Don’t forget to learn this week’s memory verse:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
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This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :
- How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
- Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
- Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
- How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
- How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
- Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.
During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.
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About the book: The GLMW book contains 365 daily challenges for couples to strengthen their relationships to each other and with God. Couples will complete activities such as Scripture memory, conversation starters, relationship builders, learning about Biblical marriage, romance builders, personal reflections, and date ideas. Click here to purchase your copy. (This link will open a new widow and take you to Westbow Press’ bookstore.) It is also available at Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
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