“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.” James 1:14-15
We have lived in Florida for 20 years. Every year government officials urge residents to put together a hurricane survival kit. Every year many of us ignore their warnings… until Florida enters the infamous “cone of uncertainty”. Once we can see the spiraling storm coming our way the survival kit suddenly sounds like a great idea. Tragically, sometimes it's too late.
No matter where you live you will face a different kind of threat today. Many of us ignore the urgent call to be prepare--until it’s upon us.
You are going to be tempted to sin today… probably more than once. You will be tempted tomorrow as well, and the next day and the next. The question is, what do you do when you’re tempted to say “No” to God and “Yes” to the temptation?
God's Word teaches that every Christian should be prepared for these daily battles. There is a difference, however, between temptation and sin.
Temptation is the initial impression to do something contrary to God's will. Even Jesus was not immune to temptation. The difference is, He ALWAYS said “Yes” to God!
Temptation becomes sin when you meditate on the impression that is contrary to God's will, fostering an unholy desire, which is an emotional sin. The emotional sin may be followed by a mental or physical act of disobedience.
To sin or not to sin, that is the temptation question.
Satan, the enemy of our souls, knows exactly what tempts us to push God aside and choose our own will. We must be prepared for both his subtle, cunning ways and his obvious attempts to defeat and destroy our relationship with God.
God, the lover of our souls, promises to faithfully help us overcome temptation if we will ask.
So, how do you prepare for temptation?
First, determine to change your focus and then do it! Fix your thoughts on God. His love, power, faithfulness, mercy, and ask Him to lead you away from temptation.
Second, surrender yourself to the control of the Holy Spirit, trusting Him to direct and empower you every minute of every day. (To learn more go to The Secret)
Third, read God’s Word. Write out verses that help you say ‘No’ to temptations you’re particularly susceptible to and keep them where you can see them.
Fourth, Pray--talk with God about the temptations you face and when the temptation rears its head stop and talk with Him right then and there.
Fifth,ask God to provide a friend you can call when the temptation becomes overwhelming. A friend who will pray with you, be with you and help you keep your focus on Him.
Now you know how to be prepared for temptation. The question is, are you going to do it now or are you going to wait until it's too late?
Your View of God Really Matters…
You are going to be tempted to sin today. Your view of God will determine what you will do about it. Is God faithful enough, loving enough, powerful enough to help you say, “no” to temptation? Is His plan really better for you than the temptation? Absolutely! Decide now what you will do when temptation happens.
Read God’s Word Today…
1 Corinthians 10:13“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptations to be more than you can handle. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
GOD, because You are faithful I will trust You to help me say “No” to sin.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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