“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Slippery Slopes

(Please read Romans 12:1-3)

July 2

As attitudes around us regarding upright living fall farther below the level at which God wants us to live, Christians are continually faced with new pressures to slide in that same direction. And here we face some of our greatest tests. It can be tempting to make little concessions now and then to show that we’re really not all that different from the world around us.

So it’s important to stay familiar with what the Lord expects of us, through daily Bible reading and prayer and as much association with other Christians as we can manage. It’s easier to resist temptation when we can recall instantly some Bible teaching that relates to the matter in question. The Christian who never cracks the Book is just asking to be taken in by the enemy he is supposed to be fighting.

We feel a chill of fear when we think of the increasingly hard decisions young parents have to make. And the situation is not made better by the endless harping of the media and others on their supposition that most people in the country no longer think moral transgressions are so bad. Let us hope their assumption is wrong and just another growl of the Beast. But when we hear it, let’s also take assurance from our text: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is” (NIV). And He will help us keep off those slippery slopes whether the majority is with us or not.

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