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Sin's Battlefield:
Individual Motivation

Temptation and sin have always been a very personal battle. Our conflict with "the devil's old tricks" has remained unchanged, but the battlefield upon which we face it has changed. The proliferation of technologies, services, and opportunities making sin easier to access than ever before is an uphill fight on its own. But, it is further complicated when we're without a population who can act as a safeguard and bastion resisting immorality seeping its way into our homes. Last month we detailed that when the circles of society surrounding us stray further from a basic set of morals that are rooted in God's Word, the battle against sin can feel more isolated. Without people around us willing to take an absolute stand as Joshua did ("...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Josh. 24:15)), it may feel as if we're in this fight alone. Although a Godly community is no absolute protection against temptation and sin, it provides a safety net. Further, no matter what those around us believe, there is a responsibility of self-control within ourselves. Now, we look at how that changing battlefield in the communities around us translates down to changes we see as individuals. First, we must consider that as the layers of society - the country, the regions, the communities, the neighborhoods, and even the families - drifted further away from what once unified us (God's Word), our motivations as individuals have also changed. As James detailed, our actions reflect where our intentions and motivations are directed:

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (Jas. 2:18)

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Ben McManus


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