Friday, March 8, 2013

Devotional - Flee Temptation

Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Mar 6, 2013 under Devotions in James, "but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." - James 1:14-15.

In November 2012, a study in Finland found that living near a bar encourages people to overindulge. Researchers in Finland found that of nearly 55,000 Finnish adults followed for seven years, those who moved closer to bars were somewhat more likely to increase their drinking. When a person moved one kilometer (0.6 mile) closer to a bar, the odds of becoming a heavy drinker rose 17 percent. A "heavy drinker" meant more than 10 ounces a week for men and about seven ounces a week for women, of distilled alcohol. The link doesn't prove that mere distance from a bar turns people into alcohol abusers, according to the researchers. 

"Factors other than proximity are also likely to explain the observed association," said lead researcher Jaana L. Halonen, of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Kuopio. When the researchers looked at patterns over time, it turned out that people who moved closer to bars - or had bars move closer to them - tended to have higher odds of becoming a heavy drinker. The increased risk was modest. 

But at the population level, Dr. Halonen noted, even a modest association between access to bars and heavy drinking becomes "notable."   When temptation approaches, many fall into sin. Today in prayer, ask the Lord to keep you away from temptation and to deliver you from all evil.   "The devil tempts that he may ruin; God tests that he may crown." - Ambrose   God's Word: "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin." - Hebrews 4:15.  

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2013, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN JAMES.

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