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Stop Before You Eat the Whole Thing!

Good morning, Father! It has taken me a bit to get here. Help me to focus on what is important…and that is You. Our time together is a foundational part of my day. May I draw close to You. Amen.

1 John 3:4-10 (<<click here)

Lord, there are things in my life that I strive to eradicate. A majority of the time I – and only with Your help – I can be victorious over them. In a way, it’s like some people diet. They do really well and then they eat a little bit of something they shouldn’t eat – just a little bit. Then a little later they have a bit more. It’s not a lot, just a little. But then there are a lot of little bits and before it’s all said and done the whole cake is gone and their diet is blown to smithereens!

Temptation can be like that. We yield just a little bit and sort of blow it off and try and put it behind us. Then it happens again a bit later…then again…and again and before we know it, it seems, we succumb and our relationship with You is all messed up.

This may happen but we cannot give up! You don’t give up on us, so we can’t give up either. As I wrote yesterday, we’ve got to move forward!

My study Bible* puts forth some very good advice,

“Three steps are necessary to find victory over prevailing sin: (1) Seek the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word; (2) stay away from tempting situations; and (3) seek the help of the body of Christ – be open to their willingness to hold you accountable and to pray for you.”

Lord, when I stay close to You, I am strong. May I cling to You every moment. Amen.

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

May 3rd, Wed, 9:26 am

Temptation

Father, a snippet of today’s Puritan prayer would be my prayer this day,

“While Jesus is representing me in heaven, may I reflect him on earth,
While he pleads my case, may I show forth his praise.”

For all You have done, are doing, and will do for me, Father, and out of my love for You, though it is but a minuscule fraction of Your love for me, may I reflect and praise You with the entirety of my being! Amen.

James 1:12-15 (<<click here)

Now, there is something that plagues us all, Lord, temptation! On this side of eternity, we cannot escape it. It is always just around the corner ready to pounce. And in our own strength, we will ultimately succumb to its ravages. Obviously, I have a bit of experience dealing with temptation…we all do. But can we blame God or anyone else for tempting us? Not at all! Verses 14 and 15 make a very clear statement.

“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entices us and drags us away. The desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Temptation is all too real and sin is the ultimate outcome. But, all praise to You, Lord, we are not defenseless! Your Holy Spirit lives in all who have confessed our sins and have given our lives over to You. The instant temptation is there, He is there to help us. If we will but listen to His guidance we can stand firm. He gives us the strength to say no and if it’s best to do so, to run from its influence. Through Your presence in our lives, we can be victorious.

And if we fail to listen and we are enticed and dragged away, all is not lost.

“…if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9

Lord, with Your death You paid the wages for our sin. Thank You is not enough. And even though we deserve to die for our sin, we are offered not our just wages but the gift of eternal life through You.

Thank You, Lord, for all You do and all You are. May I grow stronger in my faith every day so that I may live for You and shine forth my light for Your glory! Amen.

Aug 8th, Mon, 6:06 am