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Monday, January 18, 2016

WARDING OFF TEMPTATIONS

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”  1 Corinthians 10:13
     Temptations abound in this life.  If you are plugged into the spirit of God you can win against these temptations.  If you’re not then you could be in for a heap of trouble.  The nature of a temptation is that it tugs at you in an area that you are weak.  If you dwell on the temptation and let yourself become fixated by it then you will succumb to it and venture down a path you may have never intended to go.  God does provide escape routes, but what if you ignore them?  That is a very real thing.  You tell yourself that would never happen to you, but once in the midst of a temptation all sensible, right thinking goes by the wayside. 
     This is just another reason in a long line of reasons why we as believers need to keep our focus on Christ and nothing else.  Look at how Jesus dealt with Satan’s temptations in Matthew 4:1-11.  In each case during the 3 specific temptations Satan presented to the Lord, Jesus rejected them with scripture.  We must know the word of God.  We simply must.  The only way we will ever know it is to spend time in it.  If I didn’t believe it was so important I wouldn’t say it so often.  Knowing God as intimately as humanly possible is to be our main goal and focus in this life.  Our life is now not our own.  We’ve been bought with a price.  You can turn away and go your own way, but where else could you turn for hope, peace and forgiveness?
     God is faithful.  He never fails in anything He does and will always lead you where you need to go if you allow Him to.  He will never force you to do anything.  We serve the Lord out of a willing heart and not because we have to.  Serve God and steer clear of temptations by the power of the Spirit.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

NOTE:  The NEW LIVING TRANSLATION; Publisher:  Tyndale House.

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