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The Protection of Prayer (11 of 11)
Series: From Here to Kingdom Come
This is a great day to give the devil a black eye don't you think? And I want to help us in a very practical way learn how to consistently defeat the devil.
I want to relay a conversation that I have had hundreds of times over the years. It goes like this: "I did it again. I started out today believing that today was going to be different, but it wasn't it, it never seems to be different no matter how hard I try. I always end up falling back into old habits, old patterns, and old addictions. I really do want to do the right thing but I feel like always disappoint God, myself, and others and nothing seems to work. Is there ever going to be a time that I win over these things, is there ever going to be a time that I break out of this?"
If all of us really got honest, we would have to admit that we have all been there at different times in our lives over different things in our life. The reality is that no one ever simply outgrows the ability to be tempted. No one ever gets to the point in life that they are so disciplined and so powerful that simple good intentions will result in real life change.
So I want to say this: If your life ever really changes - if you break out of old though patterns and old habits and old addictions and other stuff that messes you up, it's going to take a whole lot more than thinking, "Well tomorrow I will do better."
God wants your life to change on a continual basis but in order for that to happen; we need a powerful encounter with the Living God on a continuing basis.
I don't know how you define temptation in your life; it seems that everyone has a different idea of what temptation is to them. Lots of Christian people think that temptation is the enticement or lure to do something evil, wicked, mean, bad, and nasty. I mean. Most of us know that stuff like that is really bad and so we don't go there. But I have found that f ...
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