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April Fools

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. – Psalm 14:1

 

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Being a born-again Christian, is it okay to be involved with April Fools’ Day? Well, when you pull pranks & most pranks involve lies, even if it’s a white lie, it’s a lie and if a person says 1 or more lies, your a liar. Which a lie is a sin, God hates sin. So why partake in a sinful activity. So if your able not lie, then I would say it’s okay. But why put yourself in the situation of temptation.

Instead of going around pranking people, (like the world does) go and quote Psalm 14:1 instead. Because the real fool is one who says “there is no God” not because you pranked them or maybe lied to them.

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Truths Concerning Temptation‏

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“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice
and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne,
just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” –
Revelation 3:19-21 (NIV)

Let’s underscore the following truths concerning temptation:

1. Any weakness constantly indulged in, excused, denied or hidden, can
and eventually will enslave you.
2. Failure to identify and target your dominant weakness guarantees defeat.
3. Ignoring your weakness makes defeat inevitable.
4. satan has assigned certain people to feed your weakness.  Be discerning!
5. Your weakness will be drawn to any friendship that accepts it,
enjoys it and feeds on it.
6. Your weakness has an agenda: to take over your life and sabotage
God’s plan for you.
7. Your weakness will always bond with the wrong people and make you
uncomfortable in the presence of the right ones.
8. Your weakness can emerge at any time, including your closing years.
9. Your weakness cannot be overcome by human reasoning or willpower.
10. God will permit you to enjoy success in various areas, even while
your weakness is still operating within you.  Why?  Because He’s
long-suffering and merciful.
11. Overcoming your weakness brings great rewards.
12. Succumbing to your weakness brings great frustration.

God will not only help you to overcome your greatest weakness.  He’ll
turn it into your greatest weapon!  Will you let Him?

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The Fall: Before & After‏

 

“Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” – 1 Corinthians
10:12 NAS

Every moral fall has a history.  There’s no such thing as “a spiritual
blow-out.”  The final and deliberate act of your fall may be sudden
and disastrous, but it’s been growing for some time in a dark area of
your life.  Paul realized that his readers would respond to the danger
of falling in one of two ways.

1. He knew some would say, “That will never happen to me!”  To them
Paul writes, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1
Corinthians 10:12 NAS).  Pride will cause you to believe you’re
immune, and that’s just how the enemy plans it.  We need to heed every
warning the Scriptures provide.  Plus, we are not the only ones at
risk.  When the big oak falls, it usually takes a lot of little ones
with it.

2. He knew others would say, “I’m in too deep, I can never get out.”
To them Paul writes, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is
common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be
tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide
the way of escape also, that you will be able to endure it.” (1
Corinthians 10:13 NAS).  Isn’t that great news?  God not only
understands your struggle, He promises you an exit-strategy: a way to
get beyond it.  A sheep cannot conquer a wolf, but he can beat it
every time by staying close to the shepherd.  So move closer to God
today – and stay there!

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