Spiritual Prescription Temptation begins with the first lingering look…

She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it too. Genesis 3:6

This is where it begins, isn’t it? We fall into the trap of sinful things because we have become convinced that these things are good. Sin doesn’t always present itself as something ugly and offensive. Satan is crafty and he knows our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. He appeals to the natural desire in each of us to acquire things, be it money, material possessions, or renown amongst men.

ChainsAnd then comes the vicious cycle. Sin almost always leads to more sin in our lives. It can spread like a chain reaction. Through Christ we can break the chains of self-indulgence when we humble ourselves and admit our own role in forging personalized shackles.


Then the Lord asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” Genesis 3:12

The chains of sin...The chains of sin usually masquerade as something beautiful. It is no wonder how we get ourselves into some of the twisted messes we find ourselves in. Thankfully, we don’t have to stay in that condition. We have a rescuer who wants to break us free from every kind of stronghold.

Today’s prayer:  Lord, I want a heart that is unwilling to live a life of excuses and blaming others for the problems that I create. Reveal the true nature of personal sin in my life that restricts you from being at work in me. Actively transform me from having an acquisition mentality to simply being more like Christ, who gave himself away on our behalf.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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