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Can You Say No?

I remember when I finally got it; when I was finally able to say no to a temptation that I had constantly given in to. Even when I knew it was wrong, and knew I would face the temptation again, I thought I had the ability to “just say no.” But that was the problem; I was depending on my ability, my strength, and my determination. Then I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me… For when I am weak, then I am strong. This explains that it was never about my ability or my strength. I will never have the ability or strength to overcome the temptations and challenges of this life. When I recognize and acknowledge that I am weak, and lean on His strength and ability to work through me, then I am strong enough to make the right choices and be victorious in my encounters with temptation. That’s what a personal relationship with Jesus will do. He has resourced us in every way, so that we can say “yes” to the things of God and “no” to the things of this world. This is what it means to be a disciple. Join me Sunday as we learn more about all that Jesus provided.

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, we will not meet for our Classic Sunday Night service this week, but will resume again June 5th.

Pastor Mark

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