TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, January 07, 2019:
An overreaction of the immune system to a previously encountered ordinarily harmless substance resulting in skin rash, swelling of mucous membranes, sneezing or wheezing. Having an allergy to something; averse.
Avoid from every form of evil.
I Thessalonians 5:22
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We have several grandchildren that are allergic to several kinds of foods. Even a small amount of these items is detrimental to their health and can even lead to death. For some reason many people today struggle with allergies. For some it is food, for some it is plants and for others it is the air because of the allergens in it. An allergy makes an individual very uncomfortable and normally affects their physical well-being; therefore, it is necessary to do all one can to avoid the cause of the allergy.
Each of us as believers in Jesus have dangers that we need to stay away from to maintain our spiritual health. These dangers are spiritual allergies. The scripture that we have put above makes it clear as to what we are "allergic to" spiritually. It says for us to stay away from every form of evil. This should make us think about the choices we make in life.
We need to remember that when we take part of something that is clearly evil it is not good for our spiritual vitality, our mental stability or our physical well-being. The temptation to do evil is always present like an allergy that we have to fight daily. Just as everyone with an allergy has to avoid the cause, so Christians must avoid situations that lead them to do things that are evil.
In II Timothy 2:23 we are reminded to, "avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife." These are evil and we as believers must treat them as an allergy and avoid them.
In Titus 3:9 we are told to, "Avoid foolish disputes, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless." While we are not to get into foolish arguments, we must also always be ready to defend our faith. In I Peter 3:15 Peter instructs us to “always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have but do it with gentleness and respect.
For the most part arguments have no spiritual merit and only cause dissension. It is best to avoid them. Like some substances that cause an allergic reaction, arguments have unforeseen consequences.
Any sin in our lives can have an unforeseen consequence. We need to be aware and nip temptations in the bud.
Psalm 34:14 tells us to, "turn from evil and do good." When we sin and do evil it is because we choose to do it. It is a conscious choice. God wants us to choose to turn from evil and choose to do good.
Allergies sometimes cause death but choosing evil and rejecting God always leads to death. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:9.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Give me the wisdom to avoid foolish and ignorant disputes as I face life in this sinful world. Help me to communicate to my family and my friends the importance of avoiding foolish arguments and disputes because they are useless and do not honor You. Keep my testimony strong and keep me prepared to give an answer when I am asked about my faith.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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