Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 6, 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013
NO MORE SUGAR COATING
Many bad habits or addictions began with experimenting. As children and teenagers, we would experiment with things to see what they were like because others were doing them and we found some type of excitement by doing them. This experimenting led to habits which led to addictions. We can do damage to our health, our relationships and our lives by experimenting which is also known as temptation. Yes, it is nothing more than the devil saying it’s okay. Go ahead. Try it once. It will make you feel good. It's time we called it what it is. A spade is a spade. No more sugar coating it. It’s time we stopped experimenting with the things of the world and we started creating deep roots into God’s word.
Luke 8:13 “The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us be mindful of what we sugar coat in life. Help us to recognize when our children or friends cry out to us or we see them experimenting in something that is not Your accepted way of life. Help us to reach out to these people and let them know we love them and want to help them get back on track for You and Lord, we pray, You will allow them to help us as well when we can’t see that the bad things we are doing due to our own experimenting. Help us all to be our brother’s keeper and to live according to Your word and not the ways of the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Whatever we read, watch and talk about on a regular basis becomes our world.
Taking into consideration that most bad habits are bad for us, why do we continue to do them?
When we begin with experimenting or trying something new that we know is wrong, we could be taking a wrong turn that will lead to a bad habit or addiction.
We aren’t strong enough to try something that is bad for us and then turn away from it unless we have God on our side. But if we truly have God in our lives, we would be able resist the initial temptation and move on.
Experimenting with things that could eventually harm us will lead to ruin and destruction.
1 Timothy 6:9 “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.” (NLT)