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July 11, 2017, 4:10 PM

Just Say No...if it just were that easy

Are you old enough to remember Nancy Reagan's famous anti-drug intiative...Just Say No? 

It was a good idea to simply train people, mainly young people, to say no to drugs. As you can see by the drug abuse in our country it didn't work. I'm not sure anything really has worked. 

Why is Just Say No a flawed idea? Why can't we just say no to ourselves? Why do we struggle to deny ourselves? 

1. Our lives are a struggle

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. Romans 7:21-23

You wake up every day with a battle. You battle between the sinful nature and the Spirit. If you are a baptized believer you have the Holy Spirit. This Spirit is battling the sinful nature that you and I have. This is our struggle. This struggle will not end until we see Jesus face to face. It's just a part of our existence. This is why it's so hard to say no to ourselves when we want something that is not good for us. We have a part of us that desperate wants the things that aren't good for us, and we have a part of us that wants what's good. So when you struggle and fight against yourself it's not a unique situation. 

2. We need each other

Take a second and Google the "one another" passages in the Bible. I looked it up and found that these phrase is used 1-- times in 94 different verses in the New Testament. The idea that we need other people to do this thing called, Christianity, is all throughout the Bible. We've got this figured out. If you want to stop drinking...you go to AA. If you want to lose weight you go to Weight Watchers. If you want to exercise regularly you join a workout group. Why would this be any different if you wanted to follow Jesus. If you find yourself not doing so well in the following Jesus department of your life, which is your whole life, you might not be around other believers enough. 

I know it's hard to imagine a preacher railing on church attendance, but here I go. I've never visited someone who has willfully been missing church a lot that is doing good spiritually. They are always struggling. If you find a person who is a member of AA but hasn't been going I bet you'll find the same thing. We need each other to overcome the battles in our lives. You were not meant to be a Lone Ranger. 

3. We need God

I was studying the passage where Jesus says to ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. Do you notice something about knocking? Someone has to open up the door. You can't and shouldn't do it yourself. We need God. 

Look at the chaos in our country caused by fatherless homes. It's crazy. Now you go try to live your life without the support, help and love of your heavenly Father. Life will continue to be disastrous. 

You can't do this on your own so stop trying. 

*Get into His Word. Seek out the guidance and wisdom that God has put there for us to read and reread, and read again. 

 

*Talk to him. Imagine that...a relationship built on communication. You have to have it. Talk to God. Let him know how you feel. Tell him what's bothering you. Take the time to ask, seek and knock. 

*Listen. Isn't it really annoying when you are trying to have a conversation with someone who won't shut up? Think about how annoyed God gets when we won't listen. Stop and listen to him. He still talks. He still is a verbal God. His voice may not come out of a burning bush, but he still wants to speak to you. 

Just say no sounds pretty good, but we need some help. 

God designed us this way so we might as well go along with it. 


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