TEMPTATION & how to remove anything in your life that you are in doubt or feel unsure about #JayMorgan #AppalachianPrayerCenter

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Reverend Jay Morgan shadowed me for year in my consulting practice to become a Missional Coach. He now heads up the Appalachian Prayer Center and is writing a great historical analysis/application from the widespread influence of the Welsh revivals. Read the insights he applies from them for today.

“The Message of the Welsh Revival Part 2: If in doubt, remove it.” by Jay Morgan, Appalachian Prayer Center, 3/15/19.

This post is the second in a four part series exploring the message that fueled the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905.  During this short period of time, revival swept through nearly every town on the Island of Wales and over 100,000 people came to faith in Christ.

A young preacher, Evan Roberts, stressed the following four tenets to his companions.  As they began to personally do these, God used this group to help spread revival all over Wales.  There is much to be learned from these tenets as we prepare for revival today.

  • Confess all known sin, receiving forgiveness through Jesus Christ

  • Remove anything in your life that you are in doubt or feel unsure about

  • Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly

  • Publicly confess the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the last post we focused on confessing all known sin to God.  Today let’s focus on the second tenet:

Remove anything in your life that you are in doubt or feel unsure about

This is a step beyond confessing known sin.  This is a decision to step as far away from sin as you can.  

Many people defend their “right” to do something as a Christian. They try to get to the edge of sin without falling in.  This is a dangerous way to live, yet many think they can “flirt” around with sin and not get into trouble.

Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Proverbs 6:27

Jesus taught us to be pray that we would not be “lead” into temptation.  The behavior itself might not be sin, but will it lead you into a tempting, sinful situation?  If so, get rid of it.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  Matthew 6:13


Paul taught us that there are things that we may we feel have a right to do, but are not beneficial to us.  Some of these things can actually sabotage you and your mission in the world.

 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

Ask your self the following three questions:

  • Will this behavior lead me to sin?

  • Will this behavior lead a weaker Christian to sin if they copy me?

  • Will this behavior limit or harm my ability to influence people for Jesus?

If so, remove it!

This can include:

  • Relationships that pull you back to your old life

  • A “border-line” sinful book, song or TV program that makes you vulnerable to sin.

  • Videos you watch on your phone.  

  • Conversations you have.  

  • Certain places you drive by.  

  • Certain clothing.  

  • Unnecessary debt for things you don’t need that will overwork you and pull you away from God’s purposes.

  • Flirty conversations.  

  • Using alcohol or other drugs.  

  • Health Damaging habits.

The list goes on.

Read more at … https://www.apcwv.com/single-post/2019/03/15/The-Message-of-the-Welsh-Revival-Part-2-If-in-doubt-remove-it?utm_campaign=99758eab-5cf9-4b27-abd1-6ee84ae4fa4a&utm_source=so

TEMPTATION & Why good people do bad things #JournalOfPersonality&SocialPsychology

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology revealed that people often fall prey to temptation when the temptation starts slowly and they don’t realize at first that they are being tempted. The biblical story of David illustrates this, when ‘a man after God’s own heart’ would not realize that he was giving into small temptations that would eventually lead to big consequences. Read this overview of the research by CNN and cite the original research article to learn more. According to the research, the preventative action is to recognize and reject ‘small’ temptations while remembering how in the past they have personally affected your reputation and well-being.”

Read more at … http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/25/health/good-people-do-bad/

MORALS & The Longer You Look at Something, The More You Will Think It is Right

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that “participants were more likely to choose the answer they had spent the most time looking at,” even when the answer was morally ambiguous or repugnant. This suggests the more you gaze at something, the more likely you are to think it is morally the right thing to do.”

Read more at … http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/morals-can-be-manipulated

ETHICS & Night owls unethical in the morning, early birds unethical at night says new research

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “When a person has low energy, that person is more likely to act unethically reveals new research reported in the Harvard Business Review. Read this research and then watch yourself and be aware of the times when such behavior is more likely.

For my students, I give them two extra credit questions based upon this research:

1)  Knowing this, what will you do about protecting yourself from such ethical lapses?

2)  And, what will do to help others avoid this misstep?

Low Energy, Low Ethics Chart

by Christopher M. Barnes, Brian Gunia and Sunita Sah | 8:00 AM June 23, 2014

Employees face many temptations to behave unethically at work. Resisting those temptations requires energy and effort. But the energy that is essential to exert self-control waxes and wanes. And when that energy is low, people are more likely to behave unethically. This opens up the possibility that even within the same day, a given person could be ethical at one point in time and unethical at another point in time.

Over the past few years, management and psychology research has uncovered something interesting: both energy and ethics vary over time. In contrast to the assumption that good people typically do good things, and bad people do bad things, there is mounting evidence that good people can be unethical and bad people can be ethical, depending on the pressures of the moment. For example, people who didn’t sleep well the previous night can often act unethically, even if they aren’t unethical people.

Our research started from this idea. Drawing from recent research indicating that people can become more unethical as the day wears on, we asked whether this plays out the same way for people who show different patterns of energy during the course of a day. Fatigue researchers have discovered that alertness and energy follow a predictable daily cycle that is aligned with the circadian process. However, different people may be shifted in their circadian rhythms. Some people are “larks” or “morning people” in that their circadian rhythm is shifted earlier in the day. They are most easily detected by their natural tendency to wake early in the morning. Others are “owls” or “evening people” and they are shifted in the opposite direction. Larks tend to get up early, and owls tend to stay up late.

…A more detailed description will be provided later this year in our forthcoming article in the journal Psychological Science.

The important organizational takeaway from these findings is that individual may be more likely to act unethically when they are “mismatched” –that is, making a decision at the wrong time of day for their own chronotype. Managers should try to learn the chronotype (lark, owl, or in between) of their subordinates and make sure to respect it when deciding how to structure their work. Managers who ask a lark to make ethics-testing decisions at night, or an owl to make such decisions in the morning, run the risk of encouraging rather than discouraging unethical behavior.

Similarly, people who control their own work schedules should structure their work with their chronotype in mind. Many of us are tempted to squeeze in that extra hour of work. If we’re a morning person squeezing it in at night, though, we create a situation in which resisting temptation may be harder than ever. Owls who schedule extra hours for themselves early in the morning face the same issue.

Read more at … http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/morning-people-are-less-ethical-at-night/