Resisting the Trap

Resisting the Trap
Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Genesis 4:1-8

Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. Genesis 4:7

A Venus flytrap can digest an insect in about 10 days. The process begins when an unsuspecting bug smells nectar on the leaves that form the trap. When the insect investigates, it crawls into the jaws of the plant. The leaves clamp shut within half a second and digestive juices dissolve the bug.

This meat-eating plant reminds me of the way sin can devour us if we are lured into it. Sin is hungry for us. Genesis 4:7 says, “If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you.” God spoke these words to Cain just before he killed his brother Abel.

Sin may try to entice us by tempting us with a new experience, convincing us that living right doesn’t matter, or appealing to our physical senses. However, there is a way for us to rule over sin instead of letting it consume our lives. The Bible says, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). When we face temptation, we don’t face it alone. We have supernatural assistance. Relying on God’s Spirit supplies the power to live for Him and others.

Dear God, at times I let down my guard and indulge in sin. Please help me to listen to Your warnings and obey Your Word. Protect me from my own impulses and conform me to Your image. Thank You for Your work in me.

We fall into temptation when we don’t flee from it.

Don’t Cherish Exaggerated Ideas of Yourself

NegativeSelfTalkHere are two more examples of mind management. A thought knocks on the door of your mind and says, “You’re so wonderful the world is lucky to have you.” Typically it’s the kind of thought you’d welcome, but you don’t do things the typical way. You submit it to the authority of Christ, and as you unsheathe the Sword of the Spirit , His Word, you learn that pride doesn’t please God.

“Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself.” you-look-tired-carrying-the-weight-of-the-exaggerated-sense-of-your-own-self-importance-must-really-be-exhausting-26690

 1581012-bigthumbnailAs much as you’d like to embrace an exalted image of yourself, you can’t. You only allow what Christ allows. Here’s another example. This time it’s temptation. If you ‘re a male, the thought comes in a low-cut red dress. If you’re a female, it comes in the form of the hunk you’ve always admired. Temptation whispers, “It’s all right, you’re both consenting adults.”webmd_rf_photo_of_bird_dog_exercise

If you aren’t under Christ’s authority you throw open the door, but if you are you say, “Not so fast!” Then you take this steamy thought to Jesus and ask, “Yes or no?” And nowhere does He answer more clearly than 1 Corinthians chapters 6&7: “We must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever…Is it a good thing to have sexual relations? Certainly-but only within the commitment of marriage. It’s good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong , but marriage (God’s way) is strong enough to contain them” (1 Corinthians 6:15-16; 7:1-3). 41TbvK7Bu9L  Now, armed with the opinion of Christ and the Sword of the Spirit, what do you do? Unless the male or female that you are desiring to please intimately is your spouse- you slam the door    shut. End of Story!11949852161414278845donna_casinista_svg_medarticle taken from “The Word For You Today” October 19, 2014

How and Why???

HOW ARE YOU ASKING AND WHY?

While you are pondering this question, I will give you a true story.

My family and I went to a family reunion over the summer. When we arrived at the hotel we had to wait for our rooms because the hotel was full. While waiting I had a discussion with one of my aunt’s about signing up with the Hilton Honors program because the point system is nice. When I checked in my aunt was standing with me, and the admin clerk gave me a signed letter from the hotel manager thanking me for being a Hilton Honors member, and he realized it was my first time being there. The hotel manager went on to say he hope my stay with that particular Hilton is pleasant.

The admin clerk went on to explain to me all of the benefits Hilton Honors members receive, and there are designated floors for HH members. Now at this time I am feeling like big stuff because no hotel has ever gone out the way like this since I have signed up with the company. The admin clerk proceeded to tell me because the HH member floors are booked up, I would be on the floor underneath those. The admin clerk then got on the radio and announced there was a Hilton Honors member checking in at such and such room, and to make sure the amenities HH members receive are there. family-choice-room

I proceeded to turn to my aunt with this smile on my face and say, “Girl you gotta become a Hilton Honors member.” Now I am on my way to my room, and low and behold, when I get in there the room only has two full sized beds. My mouth hits the floor, and I am flipping out because I requested “2 DOUBLE BEDS!!!!” So now I am on the phone with my aunt, and she ask me to come to her room. When I get to her room she is on the top floor where the HH members are supposed to be, and her room has a theatre with theatre seats, a huge locker room shower, a Jacuzzi, and a lot of other good stuff that I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE!!!

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Now I am furious and griping to my husband about how that is unfair, and I asked for double beds, and that I am a Hilton Honors member, and how is it someone who isn’t a member can get all of this? I wanted a new room, and for those few moments I did not want Christ to handle anything because I am a HH member, and I deserve better. Though my husband told me to just calm down and be thankful, I didn’t want to hear all of that.

My aunt said something to me that put me back in check. She said, “You have to be specific about what you want. You have to ask questions. You have to ask what is provided. You cannot assume that all hotels are the same, and the size of their rooms are the same along with their amenities. YOU MUST BE SPECIFIC!” That got my attention. A lot of times in our life we go to Christ just throwing up some “I hope it make it up there” prayers thinking that because God is all knowing that HE should magically perform our un-spoken requests. The scripture says in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

When someone ask the Lord for something, and he/she is specific about what they want, you should not get upset because they counted up the cost and did their homework before they put their request in. Many times in life we will get envious of others because they took the time to be specific about what they want and how they want it, and the Lord causes them to shine because they are honoring HIM through the received answer. When we just through junk up to the Lord, Junk is what we get back.

The Lord know there are times when we make certain requests we want to shine in our own way like I did. I wanted to stand tall because I was a Hilton Honors member, but the word says in James 4:3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” That little lesson showed me that I wanted to shine in front of my family, but the Lord would not allow it because HE will never give us anything that would cause us to think that we are better than anyone else.  The Lord will always answer prayer that is according to HIS will for our life, (John 14:12-14) not according to the lust of our flesh.

I know the LORD desires to supply all of our need according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus, but my question to you again is HOW ARE YOU ASKING, and WHY????

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