By Bob Noebel
-- What thoughts go through your mind when you hear the
phrase "temporary insanity?" If you are like me, you
will think of an episode of Law and Order where a defendant
pleads not guilty due to being temporarily "not of sound
mind." Whatever they did, they were not responsible in their
mind. They acted out of an uncontrollable impulse.
As Christians, we have tasted God's mercy and goodness, and have
experienced joy, peace, healing, and protection from a loving
Savior. How is it, then, that we can have "temporary insanity?"
How can we possibly go back to something far less than we now
Jeremiah 2:11 says, "... my people have exchanged their
Glory for worthless idols."
How can sin, in the many forms it takes (lust, greed, pride,etc.),
still have an occasional hold on the born-again, blood-bought
life of a believer? After accepting Jesus as my Savior 25 years
ago, you would think that I would know better.
I could use the apostle Paul as an excuse. In Romans 7:15 he
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do
I do not do, but what I hate I do."
Paul was referring to the sinful nature within us, which is constantly
at war with our spirit. Unfortunately, he later explains that the
Holy Spirit can give us the power to live a godly life if we so
desire. There goes that excuse.
James puts the matter to rest in James 1:14,
"...but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire,
he is dragged away and enticed."
Our own will is a determining factor in whether or not we will
glorify our Father in heaven or ourselves.
As the father of two teenagers, I really do want to be a godly
example in their lives. It will take sacrifice and commitment.
It will mean staying in the Word, praying, being a part of a local
body of believers who share the same desire, fulfilling the ministries
He has given me, and using the gifts God has given me.
No one ever said that being a Christian would be easy, but God
promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He has always
kept His Word, and now it's time for me to keep mine.
Perhaps you will consider doing the same thing. God could use a mighty army
of men and women moving out in the giftings and callings He has placed deep
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