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The Rigors of Christianity

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It is easy for us who have been in church for many years to mold ourselves as religious people.  My pastor growing up would not dare set foot in a theatre, an establishment serving alcohol, or any such “worldly” places.  I’ve made light of Pastor Allen pointing out one of my youth (who is now a youth pastor’s wife) not tempting him in the area of lust.  Outwardly, it is easy to reflect what Christ-like is, but how do we look inwardly?

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brothers, 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.

James 1:14-15  but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Matthew 12:34 says, For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Proverbs 23:7 says, For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:

Wrong thinking leads to wrong feeling, and before long the heart and mind are pulled apart and we are strangled by worry and fear.

2 Corinthians 10:5b  we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

“Sow a thought, reap an action.

Sow an action, reap a habit.

Sow a habit, reap a character.

Sow a character, reap a destiny!”

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