Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
(Mark 14:38 (NIV))
Things happen in this world. Some of them are good and some of them are not so good. Often, the things that look good on the surface are only deceptions. They are temptations to lure you into things that aren’t good. It is these temptations that we must learn to discern and stay away from. Ironically, it is often the things that look uncertain that often turn out to be good. From a worldly perspective, putting your faith in a man who was crucified two thousand years ago on a cross does not look like a good thing. However, this is the very way that God works. He uses what the world calls foolish and makes it bring blessings. These blessings are far greater than those promised by the temptations that the world throws at us.
It is easy to fall into the temptations of this world when they you are constantly being presented to you in very alluring packages. Fame, wealth, prestige, power, and, yes, sex all are powerful temptations that the enemy uses to lure us away from what God has called us to. All temptations come from Satan. No one has escaped them.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
(Matthew 4:1 (NIV))
We must learn to do what Jesus did when He was in the desert.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
(Ephesians 6:11 (NIV))
If we train our spirit, we will be able to face temptation and turn it away. Once we have trained our spirit through God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, we must pray that we will be able to resist temptation in the flesh. No one is perfect. If we let down our guard, Satan will attack. Like a good soldier, we must constantly watch. Like a good follower of Jesus, we must constantly pray.
Are you willing to resist temptation?
Are you thankful that Jesus resisted temptation?
Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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