Read Romans 7:4-25, Psalm 18 October 13
Watch Out for Those Propensities
“But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
Propensity means “often intense natural inclination or preference or leaning.” Satan is aware of our propensities and is continually pushing our hot buttons to exploit them. We can avoid a lot of grief, pain, and consequences if we can identity our propensities and consciously seek to avoid or overcome them.
Even as born-again believers who have been set free from domination and condemnation of sin, we co-exist in the flesh with those old natural inclinations or propensities.
We have propensities for pleasure, for power, and for approval. We have leanings toward anger, envy, pride, idolatry, and lust.
When these propensities surface, we need to know how to recognize them and deal with them with the full armor of God and His marvelous power and strength. We don’t need to feed our propensity for alcohol by going to a bar or beer party. We don’t need to feed our leanings for lust by going to the wrong movies, TV or internet porn sites.
God is aware of our propensities to sin and has not left us unprotected and unequipped to overcome them. He has given us the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, and the shoes of peace.
Best of all, when we stumble and fall, He is always there to forgive, to pick us up, and give us the strength to repent when we confess and cry, “Holy to the Lord!”
Father, help me to guard against my propensities and to stand firm in the mighty resurrection power of Your Spirit. Amen
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“For I have kept the ways of the LORD; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.”
Psalm 18:21 NLT
“Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 7:24,25a NLT
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