Wednesday, April 18, 2007
8:47 am edt
"To present the gospel in it's purest form,
for the reviving of the Saints, for the salvation of souls, through music and through the rightly dividing of the word.
To bring glory to God through Jesus Christ."
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Thought for the day
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from the evil one.
What is temptation? Tempt: to entice to do wrong by promise
of pleasure or gain; to provoke; to risk the danger of (Webster 738).
A few temptations are, drugs, alcohol, sex,
pornography, cigarettes, chocolate (questionable), lying, cheating, stealing, gambling and any other self-gratifying actions,
all these things can create temptation which could destroy our relationship with the Lord.
Jesus defines temptation
in Luke 17:1, "Occasion for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come." Stumbling blocks
(temptations) come usually with the help of another and to those who cause another to stumble will see much suffering and
Those who give in to temptation and "commits sin is a child of the devil; for the devil has been sinning
from the beginning" (1 John 3:8a). Satan, the father of all lies and deceit, temptation and sin is still about doing
his worst in the lives of all who love the Lord. If he would succeed to cause one of these to fall he would count that as
There is only one way that you can resist these temptations, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble" (Psalms 46:1). You a sinner saved by grace can get yourself into trouble because you can not seem
to resist temptations. Temptation is allowed to infiltrate your lives and you do not call upon God for that strength. When
you call out to God, "wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; prudence (shrewd
in the management of practical affairs, Webster's 586) will watch over you; and understanding will guard you. It will save
you from the way of evil" (Proverbs 2:10-12).
Jesus was faced with temptation himself, with food when he was famished,
promised him protection if he should jump and temptation offered him ruler over a kingdom that was already His. Jesus stood
fast and told Satan to go away or "worship the Lord your God, and serve only him" (Matthew 4:10). Satan walked
away. "Because He himself was tested by what he suffered, He is able to help those who are being tested" (Hebrews
When temptation is before the Christian you do not have to face it alone, "This battle is not for you to
fight; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not fear
or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you" (2 Chronicles 20:17). The tempter can be
God has promised to all who are tempted that, "He is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond
your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians
What a promise God has given to his children, He knows what it will take to resist temptation and He gives the
written word to guide them. He promises that no one will have to go it alone. The position must be taken, plant the feet,
and do not fear for the Lord will see the faithful through.
In the Cross