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If you watch football, like I do, you know that defense is a term used for the team to defend against the opposing team.

We as believers need to have a defense of our very own.  Against our ENEMY…Satan!

He is constantly looking for ways to trip us up!  One way…

Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  (2 Peter 5:8, NIV)

Temptation is something we must comprehend in order to defend.  How does temptation originate?  It usually starts with a thought. This isn’t an accident…probably an arrow sent by the Satan to derail us.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrow of the evil one.”  (Eph. 6:16)

If we as believers hold on to that thought, it can become a fantasy…imagining what it would be like to carry out that thought.  Emotions are usually entangled with fantasy thus creating desire, which brings us to having to make a choice!

To sin or not to sin…that is the question!  It’s very dangerous and the decision can be made in an instant! 

Wise believers decide ahead of time to protect themselves from temptation before it enters their mind.  How you ask?  Comment to obey God and know that He is in control and has limited Satan abilities.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Satan has a way of making sin look fun and exciting.  He wants us to live in the moment.  But we need to look at the bigger picture and ask ourselves a question or two…Is this choice in line with God’s word?  What’s the cost?  Are we willing to pay the price?

What is our best defense against temptation? Meditation on God’s word and daily prayer.  It builds our faith and strengthens our heart and mind against any arrows the devil sends our way!

Love Heart, remember…Defense, Defense, Defense…~Deb

Full on …

May 1, 2012 — Leave a comment

“But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practies and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  (Colossians 3:8-10, NIV)

Make a Choice… ~Debra

It’s over…

February 15, 2012 — 1 Comment

Well…Valentines has come and gone.  I know that some of you are probably still grumbling because you didn’t get a Valentine and hate the Holiday.

 

 

However, I would like to tell you about someone very dear to me.  She starts in January making thousands of Valentines.  I’m not kidding.  She gets construction paper, stickers, dollies, letters, markers, glue, glitter…etc.    

Red, pink and white hearts are everywhere.  After she has finished with her creations she sends them to the Veterans Hospital, everyone at church and all her family members.

Why?  You might ask…it gives her JOY!  Unspeakable Joy!

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.” (Philippians 4:4, NIV)

Laurie is deaf and mentally challenged and her world isn’t as perfect as you might expect.  She has plenty to complain about and doesn’t.

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalms 126:3, NIV)

Next time you’re feeling a little down and left out…focus on someone else.  Follow Laurie’s example and share a little joy!  Deb~