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PostSubject: The Haunting of... You!   Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:57 am

I got this from Dare 2 Share [www.dare2share.org]. It's not the whole devo, but I thought it was good... definitely something to think about!

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While it may be fun to scare yourself silly, when the goose bumps go away, you can take comfort in the fact that no one can sell your soul to Satan. That choice is yours. And believe me, I see teens make that choice in little and big ways nearly every day of my life.

Guys - point and click pornography is not a harmless 'normal guy' habit. Every time you give in, you sell off a bigger piece of your spirit to the powers of hell. Sound ridiculous to you? Then the voices of Satan are already playing in your life soundtrack. But don't take my word for it -listen to the words of Jesus:

But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your eye-even your good eye-causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your hand-even your stronger hand-causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell (Matthew 5:28-30).

No, Jesus isn't advocating self-mutilation. But He is giving a clear directive that if you are trapped in a lust/sin cycle, you'd better take radical action quickly, or you could find yourself in an eternal hell separated from God.

And girls? Harmless gossip and bitter attitudes? Yes, that's another way to sell yourselves to the Devil.

In fact, every time any of us gives in to temptation, we post a spiritual real estate sign that says:

'Eternal Soul Available to Demonic Kingdom...Apply Within.'

Here's the way Jesus' brother James puts it:

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death (James 1:14-15).

The good news is that we also have the choice every day to keep our souls safe in the all powerful and loving grip of our Heavenly Father. Here is a promise you can hold to:

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father's hand (John 10:28-30).

Here is the amazing thing about the Christian life. If you have truly trusted in Jesus as your only hope of salvation, your eternal destiny is safe and secure. Yet...every day in hundreds of little and big ways you choose to listen to and obey the voice of life or the voice of death. The choice is yours.

Please don't give in to temptation and watch your life get dragged away and destroyed by the one whom the Bible calls:

The Tempter

The Father of Lies

The Destroyer

And most revealing:

The Enemy of our Souls

Satan would love nothing more than to see you depressed, deceived, and ultimately destroyed. He will trick you any way possible, but you can also be sure that God's plan is to treat you as His unique and eternally loved child from today through eternity.

And isn't that the happy ending you're looking for?

Head: What you need to know about this truth

Every day you make choices that keep you safe in the Father's hands or sell your soul to the Devil.

Heart: What you need to feel about this truth
What are you truly afraid of? If Satan and his powerful army of demons isn't on the list, you are waaaaay off. One of the best ways to avoids sin and pursue holiness is to remember the Enemy of your soul is just around the corner waiting to rip you to shreds.

Hands: What you need to do about this truth

What desires tempt you and drag you away? This week, make a plan to 'gouge out your eye' and 'cut off your hand' (i.e., radical action) so you can live the abundant life that Jesus has promised.

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PostSubject: Re: The Haunting of... You!   Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:28 pm

Beatiful devo Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation True eye opener.
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