Archive for January, 2013
I just watched this video and I had to share it with you. Some pretty crazy things people can do!
I Corinthians 10:12-13: Temptations
Paul continues to use the children of Israel as an example of what not to do, as he discusses the topic of temptations.
v.12, the children of Israel had experienced many miracles right before their very eyes. Yet they gave into temptation many times. Paul warned the Corinthian believers to “be careful not to fall” into temptation as well. He warned them because they began to take pride in their faith and to take it for granted what Christ did for them. They thought they were “standing strong” and they began to be very sure of themselves to the point of being pridefully, that is the time they will “fall.” Paul also warned that they could fall into temptation just as the Israelites did when they fell into idolatry. Paul warned the Corinthian believers to not let down their guard because that was the time when they are most liable to fall.
v.13, “the temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.” Temptations come into every believers life, no one is exempt. Temptation is not sinful, the sin comes when a person gives into a temptation. But God does not leave us to be tempted, “God is faithful.” He will not always remove the temptation because facing it could be a way of God strengthen our faith. However he will “not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.” There is no temptation that a believer can’t resist, but the believer must stand against it. Each temptation can be resisted because God made it possible to resist–he’s our strength against temptation. God promises that “when you are tempted he will show you a way out you can endure” so you won’t give into the temptation and fall into sin. It will take self-discipline to look for the “way out” in the middle of the temptation, then take it when it is found. Probably the most obvious way out is staying away from things, people or events that tempt you. Example: if you have a problem with lust, you need to stay away from books, movies, magazines and websites that lead to temptation to lust. Common sense, right?! Another way out is by having friends that you can trust who can hold you accountable when you’re tempted. That person can ask you the tough questions and support you and pray for you. God loves his people so much that he will always provide a way out when temptation comes.
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? The most important point that strikes me here, is to get back into meeting regularly with my accountability partner. I have been out of the habit for a while now. And temptations have sprouting up regularly. So I need to connect back with my accountability partner and share honestly my struggles with him. And when temptations come remember God is going to supply a way out, so pray and ask for help. I know he will give because he loves me.
This past Christmas for the first time since Faith and Shawn joined our family, we spent both Christmas eve and Christmas together, just the four of us! It was nice to not go anywhere and no one came and visited us. Just the four of us! I would say it was quiet but that wouldn’t be true if you have spent any time with either Faith or Shawn or both. haha.
We started off our Christmas morning by reading the Christmas story from a children’s Bible as the kids listened intently. Then we prayed to thank God for the amazing gift of his son and for the time we could spend with our family. Just the four of us!
We had such a great time together and the kids got lots of great gifts from friends. But from us we decided to give the kids four gifts. De-Ann found something on a blog that we have adopted to our own Christmas: something to read, something to wear, something they need, and something they want!
For the two of us, we decided to buy each other one gift. I got De-Ann a bag she has been wanting for a long time and she got me a case / keyboard. We both loved our gifts and we are going to do the same thing next year. Christmas should be simple and fun but we don’t want our kids to get caught up in the “me-factor” that Christmas has become.
Below are a few pictures of our Christmas day. Enjoy.
This past Christmas eve we started a brand new tradition. After the Christmas eve service I got home and the kids came running to the door asking me if they could open up one gift. So we started a new tradition every Christmas eve the kids can open up one gift, but not just any gift, the gift we choose. We decided to give the kids a new pair of PJ’s each year and that’s the gift they opened. Check out the cute pictures of the kids below.