One thing we all will face from time to time are temptations, but temptations are always available to be a hindrance to everyone, if we allow them to be so. In addition, temptations are not things that are strange or unfamiliar to any of us. In fact, our temptations are always known to us. We just have to be vigilant and guard against them because come, they will.
The Bible has said, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-14 KJV). This means that each of us should always maintain awareness of the roads on which we are traveling each day. It is the many distractions which avail themselves to us which are always there to distract us.
As we travel from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ in the natural walk of life, most of us are careful to map out the route before we take to the highways. We should be as aware while on this spiritual travel through life. While each of us might claim salvation, we are not immune to the distractions which confront us in this spiritual journey. Someone has said, “you don’t have to look for trouble, trouble will find you,” and this sometimes seems to be so true. Someone also wrote in a song, “Everywhere you look, there is trouble.” So what do we do? How do we deal with temptations?
The answer is, we should always use the Bible, the Word of God, to be our roadmap and GPS system as we travel these roads of life. For it will always give you an awareness of just where we may be at any time on this journey. Additionally, we will learn how to allow ourselves to trust in the promises of God. He has promised to always be there with us (Matthew 28:20b), where He said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV). And in Hebrews 13:5c, He promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (KJV). In fact the Bible has said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13a KJV).
Even on this morning, as I am in the process of writing this article, I am also participating as a participant in the February Fast. And as I try to process my thoughts to put them in this article, I am being bombarded by the smell of breakfast being prepared for our grandchildren by my wife. The smell seems to be more tempting and inviting probably because of the strength being realized as we go through during this month-long time of consecration. This lets us know that the Lord doesn’t take us out of the environment, but He gives us the strength to endure while we ‘go through’ in the environment. And as we are ‘One in the Lord,’ I will pray for you, and you will pray for me. As we read the most powerful prayer, prayed by Jesus Himself to the Father, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” (John 17:5 KJV).
So, as you go through the many temptations of life, confront them with courage, because Jesus has already prayed for each of us. It is a great encouragement to me to know that my Jesus has already prayed for me. This also lets us know that we should be concerned enough about each other to pray for one another. I pray for you and you pray for me. So remember, temptations will come in many shapes and forms, but always remember, they are “common to man,” as the Bible has said.
It is not too late for you to join in and participate in the Annual February Fast. Do it today by going to the web site www.prayerandfaithcenter.com and sign up. Just click on “Annual February Fast,” then click on the drop-down box “sign up now.” And follow the instructions. I am looking forward to hear from you. Tell A Friend!