Hey there, I pray that you are doing well today. What has your last week been like? What word from the Lord have you received? What word from the Lord do you need? The Lord is so kind and faithful! He’ll speak to you always; sometimes telling you what you need to hear for your own life, sometimes telling you things that you must share with someone else. Take time daily to hear from Him.
Today’s world can be a serious weight for Christian people. The sins that we each try to avoid are becoming the accepted things in the world; as a matter of fact, some of them are not just accepted but considered the norm. Quite difficult to avoid things that tempt us, when these things are considered normal and are available all around us. There are many that are available now – more than I would have ever imagined!
There is a friend so dear to me, this bro loves women! He has been married too many times and has never been able to be faithful. He says he’s trying, and he asks me often to pray for him because He feels weak. Recently, he finally went to his church leadership and made the confession and asked for help. For the first time in many years, he learned to build borders to build himself up. His current wife has decided not to walk away and tells me that his strength is growing! Hallelujah.
I’ve had conversations with people who want to blame the enemy for every difficulty, actually giving the enemy credit for things they are facing and … they place great doubt on God’s power … saying that they must beat the enemy down themselves. Really!!! The temptation to destroy the enemy, when Our Lord Himself is the one who can/will give victory.
Think about it … temptations to doubt God’s power; temptations to exalt ourselves; temptations to satisfy sexual desires; temptations to hurt others; temptations to quit; temptation to separate from other believers; and so many more. So Many More!!
When we know we have a problem, we must avoid being tempted! Placing ourselves in situations that open the door for temptations to come on in means that we are putting ourselves in harms way.
A drunkard that has come to Christ should not hang out in bars; a sexual addict must avoid having untethered access to internet, a shopaholic must destroy credit cards ….. you’ve got to have the wisdom to keep a barrier from the things that call you toward them. You can only have this wisdom if you Call Upon The Lord and give Him your mind and your heart completely.
We are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. The weakness of our flesh can be defeated if we stay away from the very appearance of evil! Stay away from the things that bring you into weakness!
When our own lusts or desires lead us to sinful thought or action, we must remove any power that the lost or desire has over us, we cannot feed any lust or temptation. We will never get there strongly without the Lord our God! And We Can Win when we depend completely upon Him
Father, teach us that our righteousness is not to be proven to man – only to you! Help us to see that we are not being brave when we step into situations that might cause us to stumble. Help us to understand that in order to stand, we must avoid those things that we know will tempt us. Help us Lord to move toward avoiding the very appearance of evil!