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Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 29, 2017 WE ARE CONTROLLED

There are many things in this world that are automatic. We are born. We grow up. We go to school. We go to work. We have choices about how and when to spend our money. If we are not careful we can become controlled by this world and allow it to dictate how we spend our money. We get wrapped up in the new things and want to use our money to obtain those things. God tells us not to be controlled by the things of the world but instead be controlled by the Holy Spirit. Then we will live to please Him.

Romans 8:5 "Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit." (NLT)

1. Write down what is controlling you.
2. List the ways you can allow the Holy Spirit to control you.
3. Repent of any sin and turn your life over to God.
4. Ask Him to show you His way and begin obeying Him today.

Dear Lord, we know it is easy to allow ourselves to be controlled by the ways of the world. There are so many temptations around us. There are people who want our money and will use whatever means they can to get it. There is our own greed to want new things and we spend our money on our own desires. Then there are addictions where we buy things to help ourselves feel good and become controlled by our own compulsions. Help us Lord, to stay focused on You and allow the Holy Spirit to control us rather than being controlled by this world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Rather than being controlled by this world, let's choose to allow God's Holy Spirit to control us.

When we let the world control us, we are choosing to follow Satan rather than God.

There are so many choices in this world. Choosing God means we are not choosing the ways of the world.

Our sinful nature wants us to give in to the things of the world and spend our money on ourselves.

When we allow our sinful nature to control us, we are giving in to our own desires.

Romans 7:5a "When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us" (NLT)

Sinful desires will cause us to be controlled by Satan and spend money on the things of the world.
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