Archive | September 2013

Fighting Temptation..part 2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. 

The reason the enemy temps you is because he knows of the great things God wants to do in your life, and he thinks you are dumb enough to give it all up for a few moments of pleasure. He knows that not only do you stand to lose from it, but other people will be hurt by your sin as well. When you see his trap, tell him you are not going to allow him to destroy your life or anyone else’s. 

Jesus’ temptation happened just before the greatest breakthrough In His life and ministry. It will happen before the greatest breakthrough in yours, too. Be ready for it. And remember that no matter how great the temptation is you face, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). 

Lord, I pray I will have no secret thoughts where I entertain ungodly desires to do or say something I shouldn’t. I pray that I will have no secret life where I do things I would be ashamed to have others see. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

*The best time to pray about temptation is before you fall into it. After the lure presents itself, resisting temptation becomes much more difficult. The model prayer Jesus taught us to pray as a matter of course is a good place to start 

Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13.

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Fight Temptation

Don’t let the devil rob you of all God has for you by tempting you with impure thoughts. If you ever find yourself with any kind of unholy attraction, confess it immediately before God and ask Him to set you free from it. Then tell Satan you recognize his plan to destroy you and separate you from all God has for you, and you are not going to allow him to do it. 

Temptation can happen any time and often when you least expect it and are most susceptible. When it does happen, the danger is in thinking you can handle it alone. It’s best to take it to God and confess it immediately, and then find someone trustworthy to pray with you about it. 

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

 

Lord, help me to be strong in my mind and spirit so I don’t fall into any traps of the enemy. Do not allow me to be led into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one and his plans for my downfall. 

In Jesus name I pray

 Amen

 Bless is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

James 1:12

Turn to the Holy Spirit for Help and Comfort

When we turn to the Holy Spirit for help and comfort, He will not only give us aid, but He will give us a richer portion of His presence than we have ever had before. We will be blessed when we mourn, because it will be the Comforter who comforts us (Matthew 5:4). 

Every time you rise above the pain in your life and find the goodness, clarity, peace, and light of the Lord there, your faith will increase. God will meet you in the midst of your pain and not only perfect you, but increase your compassion for the sufferings of others. As you continue to live in the presence of the Lord, His glory will be revealed in you. 

Lord, I pray that You, O God of hope, will fill me with all joy and peace and faith so that I will “abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). Thank You that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to be my Comforter and Helper. Remind me of that in the midst of difficult times. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

John 14:16 

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

1 peter 4:12-13

The Glory and Power of God

Tough times happen to everyone at one time or another. Pain and loss are a part of life. There are many different reasons why these things occur, but God is always there to bring good out of it when we invite Him to. If we understand the different possibilities for our suffering, it will help us overcome our pain and see our faith grow in the midst of it. 

Sometimes difficult things happen to us so that the glory and power of God can be revealed in and through us. We may not be able to understand why certain things are happening at the time, and we may never know why we have to go through them until we go to be with the Lord, but when we turn to God in the midst of difficult situations, God’s glory will be seen in them and on you. 

Dear Lord, in times of grief, suffering, or trial, I pray for an added sense of Your presence. I want to grow stronger in these times and not weaker. I want to increase in faith and not be overcome with doubt. I want to have hope in the midst of it and not surrender to hopelessness. I want to stand strong in Your truth and not be swept away by my emotions. Lord, help me to remember to give thanks to You in all things, knowing that You reign in the midst of them. Remind me that You have redeemed me and I am Yours, and nothing is more important than that. I know when I pass through the waters You will be with me and the river will not overflow me. When I walk through the fire I will not be burned, nor will the flame touch me. (Isaiah 43:1-2). 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4