Identify the things that are controlling you, face them, defeat them, and live an abundant life in Christ.

Who Is In Control?:
Who Is Master? – Part 4

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:12

“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything.

We have stayed on our key scripture for these first four days because we need this truth to get into our way of thinking.  We need to identify the things that are controlling us, face them, defeat them, and live an abundant life in Christ.

            You and I can live free, but we must claim the power of Christ in our life-draining activities that keep alluring us.  You and I must be willing to look deeply into our lives and admit to those things that keep us living on the surface.  We will chose: “More love or more gossip; more life or more house; more creativity or more caffeine; more adventure or more power; more knowledge or more media; more meaning or more avoidance; more peace or more oversleeping; more abundance or more stuff; more feelings or more stuff; more consciousness or more diversions.”  (Judith Wright).

            All of us know the right answers; we want more of the good and eternal blessings.  But we all also know the pull of our flesh.  The evil one is real and uses the weaknesses of our flesh to keep us indulging in the things that are easy and instantly gratifying!

            The promise that God gives His children is power to chose the better, even though it will seem the hard choice.  He promises to help us be the master over these things rather than having them master us.

Father, grant me your wisdom to choose wisely and deny my flesh when it craves the immediate.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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