Some people view the Bible as a series of dos and don’ts, believing that’s all there is to God’s Word.

Right and wrong directives in scripture were not meant to hem us in and keep us from enjoying life. They were designed to lead us through the darkness in this world and guide us to victory.

Living our life without the support of God’s instructions is like walking a high-wire without a safety net. Jesus’s entrance into this world was designed to give us victory and freedom.

Have you ever done something you knew was wrong, but excused it by saying it was only a natural thing to do under the circumstances?

Well, in a sense, all actions that are contrary to God’s Word originate from our natural instincts. I say that because all of nature is governed by the prince of this world (John 16:11).

Jesus calls this governing agent Satan. His power was established in the Garden of Eden and he’s always on the lookout for opportunities to keep us from doing the right thing.

After thousands of years, his tricks are crafty and well-honed.

Some reading this will be amused to think anything could control them but their own good sense. However, Godly sense only comes when we’ve been reborn into His family by receiving Jesus as Lord. Until then, we are products of worldly thinking and actions, no matter how well-intended we may be.

In the Garden of Eden, Eve was not just gullible, she put aside the instruction God had given about the fruit on the tree.

How many times have you thought better about doing something but talked yourself into it because it looked good or made you feel good? Your renewed mind, the one God has been training, had to then take a back seat while you indulged yourself.

Eventually, the results of these side trips leave their mark.

The antidote to these temptations is to walk daily in the love of God. It separates us from the pull of Satan’s deceptions.

Jesus came to give us life over this natural world. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Flowing with the stream of this world means allowing the adversary to have his way.

Satan’s intent is to kill, steal and destroy us, according to John 10:10. That does not sound like freedom living to me.

The Bible is a manual of God’s truths designed to save our life and to keep us safe. The love of God is the key to true freedom and the fulfillment of real peace.

Now that’s a winning combination.

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