Verse of the Day 9-16-21

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.-Philippians 4:8-9

Paul here is telling the Philippian church and us to focus our minds and our thoughts on the right things. And more importantly to ignore the lies that the devil is going to try and tell you. If you remember the story of the fall of man from back in Genesis 3, then you will remember that the devil got Eve to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil by distorting the truth.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.-Genesis 3:1-7

Why did Eve fall for the devil’s lies? Very simply because they sounded good, at the time. And the same thing happens to us all the time. We let out minds lapse for just a moment and the next thing we know we have fallen into a trap that the devil had laid for us. And the reason we fall into these traps is because we take our minds off of what is true, what is noble, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, and what is admirable. And instead we believe the lie that says, “Just one time what hurt you”. And when we fall into that trap, the only way to get back out of that trap is focus your minds and your hearts on the things of God. And the only way you can do that is to confess your sins to God (remembering that he already knows your sins), and you must ask God to help you overcome the temptations that the devil is going to throw your way.

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