Do we have disciplines, habits, prayer time to slow down our lives so that we do not sin?

Get Smart January 2019

God Hates What?
Feet that are Quick to Rush into Evil

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 6:16-19, Philippians 2:1-11

Key Verses: Proverbs 6:19, Philippians 2:8

It doesn’t take any of us very long to think of the areas in our life where we easily succumb to temptation and fall into sin. Like children who are told not to do something, and yet do it anyway purely out of curiosity, so are we with our feet, rushing into evil.

When my brother and I were young, we were playing with a paperclip (don’t ask me why) near a wall outlet. I suggested to my brother that he should stick it in the socket to see what would happen. My parents however DID NOT like that plan and swiftly scolded my brother and me, telling us NOT to do it for it was dangerous. No sooner had both my parents left the room, I whispered to my brother “do it… what’s the worst that could happen?” Well it doesn’t take a genius to know what happened next. A loud POP and many tears later I found myself spanked and sent to my room.

How do we combat our flesh when we are tempted to sin? Do we have disciplines, habits, prayer time in place to slow down our lives so that we do not easily run into sin? Or are we swept away as soon as temptation comes? Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition.” What are our ambitions? Are they rooted in the world or are they rooted in the one who gave Himself up for us?

Lord, forgive me when I am quick to rush into evil and do not slow down and guard myself with your truth; that makes me 0-5. Amen.