I often say in that moment of temptation, “help me Lord”, and then I proceed to sin all the same. Or I say “I think I want your help to turn away from sin Lord”, to which Christ answers “You think you want help, all things are possible for him who believes.” My paraphrase of Mark 9:23. Conveniently, the right answer follows immediately in verse 24; “Lord I believe; help my unbelief!”. The man in question here knew the right answer, and responded rightly by giving up his own will, crying out to the One who has the power to heal his son, and in that moment, Jesus did heal his son with the words “I command you, come out and enter him no more!”. Clearly Jesus has the power to heal, and He has the power to lead me away from temptation, If I am willing, and If I will give up my choice to the One who has the power to help me choose rightly. Christ has given me a new heart and I am no longer bound by a sin nature to choose the path of the flesh. I now have a choice. I can choose to follow my old well in-grained habits, acquired from all those years of “doing it on my own”, or I can give up my choice exclaiming “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” and experience the joy of letting God draw me to Himself with the words “Come unto me!”. If any of this struggle sounds familiar, be of good cheer, John 3:37 says “the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” Again in verse 40 “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” AMEN!

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