If Christ Was With You, Where Would You Take Him?

If Satan were with you, where would you let him take you?  Is there a difference as to where you are willing to go, whether it is with Christ or Satan?  If you are a Christian, both have been with you.  Where did you end up going and with whom?

I Corinthians 3:16 – “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

Do you live with the idea that no matter what you do God will forgive you?  Does knowing that God will forgive you allow you to do things the Bible says you must not do?  How do you deal with this Scripture that says you are God’s temple?  Does the less you know about the Bible make it easier to live a Christian life?  The Wall Street Journal says that ladies with less than a high school education have 65.4% of babies born out of marriage.  Those with a college degree have 5.6% of babies out of wedlock.  Do you suppose a lack of knowledge and wisdom allows you to be easier tempted as the article infers.  Could that include a lack of Bible knowledge for those Christians who stray?

It is very clear that God’s Spirit within a Christian goes wherever one goes.  If Christ was with you and you smoked, would you offer Him a cigarette?  If you are having an affair does it bother you to know that Christ, Who is with you, is watching?  Do you lie to others while Christ’s Spirit is listening?  How do you justify it?  Do you go home and ask for forgiveness until the next time?  Do you just ignore the Holy Spirit altogether?  A sin is a sin regardless how minor.  There is a difference between “missing the mark” and deliberately sinning, rejecting God’s commandments.

II Corinthians 6:16b – “For we are the temple of the living God.  As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’”

Many believe that we can get to a point that we make it impossible for the Holy Spirit to operate.  Once we lose focus off of Christ and our love for God and others decreases, we can become ineffective as a Christian.

Ephesians 2:22 – “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”  God dwells in the hearts of believers.  What kind of a temple are we providing for the Holy Spirit?

I Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.”

Sinful desires and temptations happen to everyone.  Temptations are not sinful.  The sin comes when we give in.  God will not allow us to yield to temptation unless we deliberately ignore the checking of the Holy Spirit.  God says that any temptation can be resisted and He will help us, provided we want help.  God will always show us a way out.  The way out is not always easy. Areas where we are weak be prepared to avoid as much as possible.

II Timothy 2:22 – “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

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