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Resolved: Sinning in My Own Head

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"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: . . . hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy." (Galatians 5:19-21)

Today's passage labels more obvious sins as "sin." Remember where we've come from this week: As Christians powered and led by the Holy Spirit, we can say no to these sins even when we want to say yes to them. (And sometimes we really want to say yes to them.)

These are attitude sins: hating people made in God's image; refusing to agree with each other; resenting the people who have what we don't and resenting that we don't have it; refusing to control our anger; and becoming expert at dividing and destroying friends, families, and churches.

It's an ugly list, and we'll look at another one tomorrow as we close in on the New Year. Why all the negative energy? Partly because we're hoping to trust God to help us throw these sins out along with our 2010 calendars and begin again brand new in '11.

Think: As you look through this list, do any of these "obvious sins" jump out at you as ones that you struggle with more than the others? Why would we ever "desire" to do any of these things?

Pray: Ask God to convict you of any of the these sins that you need to confess and learn to say no to through the power of His Spirit. Then ask Him to remind you next time the urge rises up to say yes to one of them and to give you to desire and ability to say no.

Do: Paul's list of "obvious sins" in these verses isn't exhaustive. Make a quick list of other obvious sins you see in yourself or those close to you.

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