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You’re quite familiar with the fact that an alcoholic is an alcoholic until he or she dies.

Even if he or she stops drinking and abstains for 40 years before his or her death, the person will always be one drink away from relapse because of how the sinful habit altered their body’s pattern of reaction to booze.

The battle to keep saying “No” is lifelong. For those who don’t remain diligent, the battle is lost. At least until, they dry out again.

The battle against lifestyle sin is the same. It’s not a one-shot deal with a showdown at the OK Corral baptistery.

Instead, it’s a grind-it-out, never-stop-resisting mission to reject the lure of the lie that promises an easier, more enjoyable life if we’ll trust worldly ways more than we trust God’s Word.

We all hear the lies. Cheat a little bit here in school. Steal a little bit there from work. Lie a little bit to our families. Resent a little bit the person at church who gets more peer approval than do we. Oh yeah, then there’s the lie that a little bit of filth flowing from your TV or computer screen won’t hurt anything.

Listen, Satan never tempts us with objective of just having us take one bite. He’s out to get us eating the whole forbidden fruit. And then getting us to eat the orchard. And persuading us all along that it won’t hurt anything since there are alot of worse people in the world than ourselves.

Friends, we’re all ________-aholics. Some of us are cheat-aholics. Some of us are steal-aholics. Some are lie-aholics. Some are grudge-aholics. Some are porn-aholics. And the list goes on.

We all have stumbling block sins that we need to avoid like the plague since that’s what they become to our souls when we relapse.

I was stirred to write this Morning Devotion because of a passage in today’s One-Year Bible reading that dealt with a different context — the lie that one had to be a Jew and a Christian in order to be saved.

Yet, the principle of Paul’s writing speaks to all forms of moral/spiritual slavery.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

Christ died on the cross to set us free from the chains of Satan’s lies. Let’s not choose to wrap ourselves up in those chains again by relapsing into our stumbling block sins of the past.

You know your list of weak spots, just as I know mine.

View them as bombs about to explode and destroy us.

Flee! Because that’s just what they are going to do if we allow them back into our lives.

As always, I love you

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