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Overcoming Temptation

Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the
crown of life, which the Lord hath promised
to them that love him."
James 1:12


Temptation is pretty common,
and our batting average for resisting it
is not always impressive.

Our experiences are a lot like seat belts on cars.
When we don't fasten them,
the buzzer goes off and annoys us.
And though we know they are there for our protection,
we choose to fasten them behind us
and thus shut off the buzzer
that was reminding us to do the safe thing.

Christians know deep down inside what is right.
And we know that the right thing
is the best thing for us.
And God coaches us from the inside with
His "buzzer," the Holy Spirit,
to help us resist temptation.
But often, we choose to ignore this buzzer also
and look for a way to shut it off.

We ignore God's signal and follow our own,
even though experience shows us
that things get messed up when do not listen to Him.

We need to understand a little more about how
Satan uses temptation
and how we can win the battle.
An understanding of the kinds of strategies
Satan uses to defeat us
can help us overcome temptation.

Listen for the buzzer of the Holy Spirit,
and don't ignore God's safety alert,
for He always shows us what's best for us!

* Shared by Lois Heater at In His Hands

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