20 JUN

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

HEALTH CHECK (3)

2 Samuel 20:9

When we sin, it doesn’t “just happen” – like we tripped over a rock in the road. Sin in our lives doesn’t come out of nowhere. The Bible says, ‘Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death’ (James 1:14–15 NLT).
 
Sin starts in the mind – when we allow our thoughts the freedom to roam as they please. What we feast on in our minds always affects the rest of us too. Being tempted is not a sin in itself, but choosing to give over to it in fantasy or action is. The Bible says: ‘Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires (Rom. 8:5 NIV).
Healthy bodies need healthy diets. So let your mind feast on the good stuff:  ‘Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things’ (Phil. 4:8 NIV).
 
What now?
 
Ask God to show areas of your thought life that need to change and to show you the reasons behind any temptations. Let Him show you the core of why you’re being tempted in that way.  

‘Are you in health, my brother?’ 2 Samuel 20:9 NKJ

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