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Saturday, December 5th 2009

4:30 PM

Have you been eaten by a beanbag today?

Have you ever done something, or thought about something that may have been wrong, and thought "It's just one little thing. It can't hurt me." I know I have!

But what happens when that one little thing, turns into a slightly bigger thing. And each little thing begins to add up, piling onto each other until it's something so big, you've lost all control!

In my life, many times I come across small blocks in the road. I can chose to stick to the path I know is right (which sometimes might be a longer and harder path) or I can take the other path, which may lead right past sin (even though it looks shorter and easier)

The thing is, each time we make a decision like that, and we take on step closer to sin, it's a step that is hard to take back.

With each little stop towards sin that we take, it's two steps away from God.

Soon, we are being consumed by sin, and can't get out.

A better way to understand what I am trying to say, would be to watch this video.

I love Joshua Harris' sermons. They are entertaining, and uplifting.

So here is a question.

Have you been eaten by a beanbag today?

It might even be something as small as lying, or annoying your siblings.

Maybe you read a book or watched a movie you weren't supposed to (been there, done that).

Each time we take one small step towards sin, the steps become bigger in the future.

And soon it's easier to be allured by the look and temptation that is so often thrown right into our faces, each and every day.

It is hard, trying to stay Holy and stay away from sin. It has so many disguises in our life.

It could be a piece of clothing you know is a little too skimpy, or a song with a few too many swear words or God's name being used in vein.

For me it was something a little different

Several months ago, I made a promise to myself, and God, that I wasn't going to color my hair anymore. Not because I think of it as sinful. But because I didn't want God to think I was unhappy with how I looked.

Now that was a personal decision I made, I'm not saying we all need to do that, or that people who DO color their hair, are saying they aren't happy or that they are sinning.

But then I started being tempted to color my hair again. Not much, just maybe a shade or two darker then my natural color.

I prayed about it, and I knew, in my heart, that I couldn't do it.

My mom said she would be fine if I did it, and I pushed myself to the point of almost buying the hair color.

I felt so mixed up.

I knew it was wrong, but there was another part of me that seemed strong then that part. The part that wanted me to color my hair.

But I tried as hard as I could, to ignore the temptation, and now, it's no longer a temptation.

I was able to get over it, and once again be happy with myself, and not want to change it and instead, be happy with the hair color God gave me.

Whatever it is, we all need to pray that God helps to open our eyes to this sin. Protect us from the temptation and help keep our path clear from it.

That's what I pray for every night. But even when God helps us, it's up to US to make sure we try as hard as we can to ignore the temptation to sin.

Corinthians 10:13

"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."

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