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The Right Kind of Separation from Sin

Temptation Die To Self Filled With The Spirit

Source: Drudge Report And UK Telegraph

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2015-02-13

Scripture: Matthew 5:30 ; Galatians 5:16

Author: Rod Crowell
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ILLUSTRATION

Tom Phillips reports in the UK Telegraph that "A Chinese teenager has been rushed to the hospital after chopping off his hand in a desperate attempt to cure his addiction to the internet."  He reports there are an estimated 24 million web junkies in China and a growing number of military-style "boot camps" developed in the attempt to cure them.

However, hoping to rid himself of the vice, one 19-year-old from the city of Nantong in Jiangsu province took drastic measures of his own. He hacked his left hand off, according to a report on the Jiangsu TV channel.

APPLICATION

Of course, we realize that when Jesus said "if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off" (Matthew 5:30), he was speaking of radical SPIRITUAL surgery, not self-amputation. So, rather than resorting to radical measures to gain control of our actions, we must put to death the deeds of the flesh by choosing instead to walk by the Spirit.

"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16).

Get A Whiff of That Bread!

Compassion Motivation Filled With The Spirit

Source: "How the smell of fresh bread makes us kinder" published on news.com.au, from DAILY MAIL, 11/2/12

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-24

Scripture: John 6:48 ; John 6:35

Author: Staff, DAILY MAIL
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ILLUSTRATION

Can the smell of fresh bread spur you to compassion?

Researchers found that shoppers were more likely to alert a passer-by that they had dropped a belonging if, at the time, they were also passing near a bakery giving off the mouth-watering aroma.

Their findings, published in the Journal of Social Psychology, suggest certain smells trigger a positive mood that leads to a greater degree of altruism, or unconditional concern for the welfare of others. ... volunteers pretended to be looking for something in their bags as they stepped in front of a passing shopper.

As they walked a few feet in front of the shopper, the participants dropped a glove, handkerchief or packet of tissues.

Two observers stood about 20 meters away. The experiments - which were repeated up to 400 times - found that when the volunteers dropped the items outside the bakery, 77 per cent of passers-by stopped and helped recover the lost items and hand them back to their owner.

Outside the clothes shop only 52 per cent of strangers helped. ...

"This experiment confirms the role of ambient food odours on altruism."

APPLICATION

If standing outside a bakery can trigger one's compassion response, just think what immersing oneself in the ambient influence of the Bread of Life could do!

"I am the bread of life" (John 6:48, cf. John 6:35).

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Clean Your Cables

Cleansing Filled With The Spirit Communion

Contributed By: Mike Deese | Date Posted: 2013-10-02

Scripture: Romans 6:11 ; John 15:

Author: Mike Deese
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ILLUSTRATION

I once had a car that wouldn't start and I was just sure it was needing a new battery. As I went to check the battery I noticed that one of the cables was loose and both of the cables were very corroded. As I moved the lose cable the light came on under the hood. I removed the cables and cleaned and reconnected them tightly. The car started right up. I didn't need a new battery, I just needed a better, cleaner connection.

APPLICATION

We often get off track and allow the world to corrupt our connection to God. That's when we need to seek the Lord for cleansing and forgiveness. Stay connected to Jesus, your source of spiritual power!
 
"Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Romans 6:11).

Humility Is An Assault On The Ego

Humility Filled With The Spirit Pride

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2013-09-27

Author: Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld / John Reed
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Squeeze the Sponge and See What Comes Out

Object Lessons Filled With The Spirit Stress

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-25

Scripture: Ephesians 5:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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It Takes More Than Eyes To See

Perspective Spiritual Blindness Filled With The Spirit

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-11-09

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:14 ; John 14:7

Author: Barbara Johnson
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I Can't Get No Satisfaction

Satisfaction Beatitudes Filled With The Spirit

Contributed By: Paul Strozier | Date Posted: 2012-09-17

Scripture: Philppians 4:11 ; Matthew 5:6

Author: Paul Strozier
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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit Filled With The Spirit Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Larry Mangone | Date Posted: 2011-05-05

Scripture: Revelation 2:18

Author: Larry Mangone
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Are You Hip With Christ?

Spirituality Obedience Filled With The Spirit

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-15

Scripture: Galatians 5:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Hall Of Fame

Success Ambition Filled With The Spirit

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-09-21

Author: Illustration Exchange
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