Tuesday, March 25, 2014

There is ALWAYS a pathway through the temptation we face,  if we focus on JESUS.

For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”[a] 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ,[b] as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  (1 Cor 10)

Despite many seeing the Lord’s power and miracles, many people still did not walk in obedience to God.  We need to learn from the consequence of their disobedience.  We need to be on guard for the devil’s strategy is to tempt us, to deceive us, to have us be selfish and self focused, and to destroy us.  But God is our help and shield.  No temptation will come to us that we cannot bear and God will give us a pathway out.  That as we SUBMIT to God, RESIST the devil, the devil will flee and we will walk in victory.

Lord help me to SUBMIT to you…that is the only way we can FIND victory over the devil’s schemes and lies.  Through the trials and victories of life, we will be tempted by the devil.  We must constantly be on alert and to have Jesus be our help and shield.

Lord Almighty, thank you that you have authority over ALL things.  That nothing the devil can throw at us will separate us from your love and power.  Help me to be on guard.  To not be prideful.  That my trust and hope comes not from my own strength but from God.  Give me the faith to TRUST in you and to have the CONFIDENCE that your plan is always greater than what I can do on my own.  In His presence is HIS JOY and HIS JOY would be my strength.  In Jesus I place my trust and in His matchless name I pray.  AMEN.

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