This is a great subject to cover in general, but definitely with respect to the baptisms that we just had. I can think back to when I first became a Christian and for the first time felt like my sins that were holding me back had been forgiven. It was like the Holy Spririt physically transformed me and lifted a weight from my past. Sometimes I try to pull that weight back upon myself by engaging in things I know I shouldn't. After all, it's not like I haven't been told what to avoid and how to avoid it! The good news is that God doesn't tempt us, and he won't let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says "God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond that which you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." That goes hand in hand with the passage in James "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you"..."The Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe" (Proverbs 18:10).Thanks for starting this blog. I'm on the road again in another hotel...but connected to you guys this way.
P.S. Hebrews 4:15 is very reassuring. It says that despite our temptations, God not only doesn't abandon us, but encourages us to approach the throne with confidence so that he can help us with our trials. He is our greatest supporter and comforter. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
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