TEMPTATION CAN BE DEFINED as an inducement to do evil. Three powerful forces work together to ruin a believer’s character and witness: Satan, the world system, and our own lustful flesh tendencies. Being tempted isn’t a sin, but yielding is. We commonly hear the expression “falling into temptation,” but in reality, we walk into it, one step at a time. Throughout the journey, we have a choice to stop our downward progression into this dangerous territory or to move ahead and suffer the consequences.
The process starts in the mind. While it is impossible to prevent every enticing thought, we can choose how long to hold on to each one. By entering an idea, we take another step downward into the imagination. One of the devil’s greatest deceptions is to convince us that experiencing the pleasures of sin in our fantasies isn’t really that bad. After all, we haven’t actually carried it out.
Satan knows the power of our thoughts. By gaining this foothold, he has seized the greatest motivator of the human will desire. Those “harmless imaginations” now turn into blazing passions that crave satisfaction. That’s just a step away from uniting the desire with action, at which point all opposition has vanished and we give in to sin.
Resisting temptation becomes harder with each progressive step. Begin the fight early by rejecting tempting thoughts and refusing to dwell on the promised pleasure. Instead, consider sin’s consequences. The cost is always higher than our fleeting enjoyment.
DR Charles Stanley IN TOUCH/ DAILY READING FOR DEVOTED LIVING
Hear council, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. PROVERBS 19:20
You may wonder, “How do I know when to comfort someone about an issue, and when to let it go?” If you are too eager to set someone straight, it may not be God motivating you. Correction must be done in love to build up the person and not tear them down. Always pray and wait until you know what God wants you to do.
You must be led of the Spirit. If after prayer you still feel that you are to talk to someone about their behavior; be absolutely sure that you are doing it for their good and not yours. If it is what God has told you to do, you may not even want to do it, but it will be done as an act of obedience to Him. Whatever you do, do it in love.
Joyce Meyer/ STARTING YOUR DAY RIGHT
Devotions for Each Morning of the Year
In today’s society in which sexuality is regarded by many as cheap and easy, treated lightly on prime TV and used to promote everything from shampoo to blue jeans, the book of Song of Songs sets a higher standard for the Christian view of sexuality. It exemplifies what sex and love should be: beautiful, intimate, desirable and reserved for two individuals who have committed to one another for life. More specifically, sex, with all its joys and pleasures, is something God created for enjoyment within a marriage relationship.
Although Song of Songs may not be appropriate reading for your young grandchildren, its reassuring to know that this subject, considered taboo by some Christians, is clearly covered in God’s Word. The relationship between a man and woman , introduced when God created Adam and Eve (see Genesis 2:24), is expounded on here in Song of Songs.
It is sometimes easier for us to acknowledge that God encourages us to enjoy the beautiful sensuality that exists between a man and a woman. But God created love and sex for our enjoyment. The world, unfortunately, has taken sex and God’s intentions for it and twisted them into something else. A healthy and Biblical perspective on the subject is exactly what we and our grandchildren need.
Verse to Remember: Song of Songs 2:10
My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.”
In the Book of (Ephesians Chapter 3) Paul speaks about himself being a part of God’s Great Mystery. Paul was the first one that God revealed this Mystery too. (Study Ephesians 3:1-7) For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it Is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power .
Ephesians 3:8-9 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should reach among the Gentiles the unseasonable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery , which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. A Gentiles can become a part of Jesus Christ. What Jesus did, He brought the Jew and Gentile as One in the Body of Christ. Every single believer is part of Jesus great Body Mystery. (Study Ephesians 2:11) & In the Book Genesis 12 (God Little seed; His Little Hint. (Study Genesis 12:1-3)This was a Great Mystery. The call of Abram….
” Everyone of us is a servant of God. God wants us to know who we are in Christ Jesus. And our responsibility’s.
” Wherefore remember, that ye being in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. \0/\0/\0/
Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous and bitter hostility against Himself (reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials), so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds. Hebrews 12:3
We have authority over the devil, but that doesn’t mean he will never come against us. Resisting the devil doesn’t rid us of the problem. But standing in the faith of God’s promises while we are waiting for God to do something keeps us from acting like the devil ourselves.
Don’t get rattled about the devil. If he causes problems for you today, just say, “Forget it, devil! I am not staying hurt, bitter, wounded, or angry. My trust is in God. I am a Christian, watch me be happy.”
Joyce Meyer/ STARTING YOUR DAY RIGHT (Devotion for Each Morning of the Year
Hello!! Everyone!! It is a ((New)) day. I’m Grateful and Thankful to be called God’s child. I’m Grateful and Thankful for Him using me for His purpose. I’m always telling people that God call’s on Imperfect people, so that we who are Imperfect can minister to people who are also Imperfect. I have learned from my Heavenly Father: That when there is a purpose and plan in our lives- There is Nothing that will get in our way. I have been ask so many times, am I a pastor are minister. The answer I give them is what God tells us in (Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations , baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Holy Spirit , teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
I went out this morning, a beautiful morning it is. I was taking care of my business that is always GOD’s business. I went inside of a company. There was a lady, very nice lady that was working. We were having a conversation, and in the conversation I spoke about God, His goodness of Him being in my life. How I trust in Him. Suddenly her response was, She didn’t believe in God. And she shared why she didn’t. I did ask her why she didn’t. She shared that He never done anything for her, and she shared more with me. I know God knew what was going to happen before I did. (1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as LORD. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. I let her know that God loves her, and I shared that every breath I breath is what He gives me everyday. Her response was that it was her (Mother that gave her life). My respond I smiled and spoke these words (Bless you). I was to move on, but not to give up on her. God wants us to be prepared always, not just study His word, but to apply His teaching to our own lives. There are so many people who are angry, they feel hopeless. God states that the harvest is plenty. We can not pick and choose whom we think we should witness to. First we need to (listen) to people in how they feel, and why they feel the way the do. There again was more too this, but God knows all about it. She didn’t discourage me, because GOD says they are not rejecting us, they are rejecting Him.
It’s what I have always known that there are souls that are lost, and only Jesus Christ can SAVE them. And it is us who have been called to share the Good News not to those who knows already the Good News, and living for Christ. It is those who are angry, been rejected, hurt, and in pain. Jesus Christ loves them also. And He doesn’t want their souls to go to Hell.
” There will be trials, and persecution and pain. But my GOD will deliver you. ” Amen!! Amen!! \0/
Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the price? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27