Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Remove the Temptation!

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38

Put up the Halloween decorations, it's over for another year. Take the leftover candy into work and share the calories with your mates. Get all that sugar stuff out of the house and remove the temptation.

Temptation is tough for our poor flesh. My flesh seems to have the willpower of an old rusty push mower: it only does what I want with a lot of effort. Keep candy in the house, and I will eat it until it is gone. The best credit card for me is the one with a charge limit of $zero. All of that weakness comes just as my Lord said, from me depending upon my weak flesh to have the power to resist. The new spirit born in me at salvation is indeed willing, but the flesh is an enemy agent working behind the lines.

One great day of the Lord though, all temptation will be removed and a cleansed heart will have no use for any tempting thing. In this day temptation is everywhere for us, so much so that our Lord taught us to pray that we not be led into it. We must be constantly on guard lest temptation strike its underhanded blows. And of course we know from cruel experience that temptation is going to come on strong when circumstances place us at our weakest. Thank the Lord that He is never weakened, slow, or careless in His almighty attention to our staggering steps. The power to firm up our walk with Christ and to resist temptation is in Him, and we access it through prayer constantly!

Great is the Lord!

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