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Revelation 9

Thanks, Jesus, for the victory YOU bring!

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“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.” (James 1:15 NIV)

“The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons and idols … Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21 NIV)

In this depiction of Your judgment, Lord, there are people who are so hardhearted that not even terrible plagues drive them to You.  This kind of hardness isn’t an overnight or sudden development.  It’s a slipping and falling a little at a time, as they hardly realize what’s happening.  Here and there a person turns over control in his life to sin and soon he finds himself trapped in its clutches.  “Temptation entertained today becomes sin tomorrow, then a habit the next day, then death and separation from God forever.” (from NIV Life Application Bible, p. 2315)

Father, in my humanness I am susceptible to sin.  Only by Your grace can I flee temptation and remain holy before You.  Keep me ever alert to the deceit of the enemy which calls me to turn from Your ways.  Guard my heart with the Truth, Your Word.  Keep me strong, firm and steadfast as You keep making me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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