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Men often request prayer that God will help them stay sober and out of trouble. The Lord wants to do that. he can only answer that prayer after we trust Him and invite Him into our hearts and lives. we still have our inherited sin nature, but then we also have the Lord living in us. These two forces oppose each other. we must decide which one to obey.
Our old sin nature, the devil and bad peers are often present. If we listen to them, it is easy to make bad choices and fall. If we spend much time with the Lord in prayer, reading and meditating on His Word and hanging out with God’s people we get spiritually stronger. When we fall and sin, that should be a wake up call. We should immediately repent by asking forgiveness and ask the Lord to Fill us with His Spirit.
We should remember that if our parents used bad language, cheated or had an alcohol problem before they accepted the Lord; we may have the same tendencies. One really bad case scenario is if all four parents of a couple struggled with alcohol. Both husband and wife may have strong temptations to drink alcohol. If either or both give in they may pass the problem on to their children. I know of a few cases like that. One beer can start the individual down the slippery road again.
A few simple but wonderful reminders are as follow: Love God and those around us (Matthew 22:37-40). Meditate on God’s Word constantly (Joshua 1:8,9). Be joyful, prayerful and thankful all of the time (I Thessalonians 5:16-19). Make it a point to hang out with God’s children in church, Bible studies and anywhere else that is good. Playing softball or bowling on a church league might work. Women have their common interests as well.
Finally, a reminder for all married people. Ephesians 5:22-33 gives God’s will for the relationship between all husbands and their wives. I remind both Norma and myself that I helped crucify Christ with my sin. Then I add that I am to love Norma as much as He loved us and gave Himself for us.
Remember God loves us and wants to fellowship with us.
For the 2013 Club, July 7 takes us to Job 37 and Acts 14.
God will remind us if we ask Him.
Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul’s Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.