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        It is wise to be honest when we slip into blatant sin. Our car needs a big repair, our brother is making us mad, and the dog has fleas. We have a perfect excuse to fall back into sin. We have every right to fall. Every reason. It is justified. God will understand. Wait! Will He?

        When I slam the door on God’s face by sinning, the very least I can do is to be sheepish about it. Better yet, I could say I am sorry, in advance. Better yet I should say, “I know this will cause destruction and darkness,” in advance.

        My sin is not caused by bad things happening. The circumstances are not the problem, the sin is.

        Jesus gave us His Holy Spirit when He died on the cross for us. When bad things happen we ask the Holy Spirit to help us through those bad things. If I write an article on a bad day (instead of falling) it seems like more people appreciate it. My trying to fight through a bad day helps a lot more people than some complicated article with big ideas.

        Prepare for bad days by fighting bad thoughts several times a day. In what place can you put a verse on drinking so that you see it every day? Example: Place this verse on your bathroom mirror and read it while brushing your teeth:

        Ephesians 5:18 ESV And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”
        This great verse tells us what we should be thinking about and doing.

        Second, have a sticky note prayer reminder. If you have been working on this prayer you might be prompted to pray it by writing, “Turn, care.” The whole prayer is:

        “Father, help me to turn from triggers, and care about people.”

        Pick a place where you can put a note like this.

        Third, give God an hour on a bad day to start steering you in the right direction. Better yet… If you want joy, just give Him the whole day.

        Finally, bad days are often the best days to be more filled with the Holy Spirit. Because He wants people who would rather have Him than sin.

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