Temptation

TODAY’S VERSE

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
Matthew 26:41 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If ever we needed Jesus’ admonition, we need it today. Television, internet, media – all around us are temptations ready to take us out spiritually. Peter said it this way, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” So what do we do? Jesus said that we must live “in” the world, but we are not to be “of” the world. That is why He told us to watch and pray; He didn’t want us to fall into temptations. When He said “watch and pray,” He wasn’t suggesting a casual Christianity. He was biding us to follow Him in a life of vigilant spiritual discipline. Like Jesus, this life must involve devotion, prayer and consecration. It is Jesus’ kind of spirituality that will “deliver us from evil.” But John knew that we would sin, so he gave us another way to overcome temptation. It is through living with a clear conscience. John wrote “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” Today we will fall into temptation. Perhaps to slander, anger, lies, lust, or any number of other behaviors. Let us be alert, keeping our eyes and heart on Jesus. Let us pray, spend time with God and confess when we need to. Praise God, He is faithful, He is forgiving. He will give us all we need to live for Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Father, You know my needs. You know how I want to live for You, but I can’t do it by myself. I need You and the Holy Spirit to guide me. I need the power of the living Christ to forgive me, cleanse me and empower me to live for You.
AMEN

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About Ronald

I am a Christian who deeply believes in God and the purposes He has put us on earth for. I started in ministry when I was 20 years old. I have been involved in both evangelism and compassion ministires. I deeply believe in our mission to help those in need. I believe however,that the church has missed our calling. We have not been effective in loving others as we would love ourselves. We have not been using our Spiritual Gifts to make a difference in this world. We have not mobilized to be the salt and light in the world. The goal of this web site is to help those interested to use their Spiritual Gifts in order to fulfill the mission Christ has given us to love the world.
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