Temptations

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

Many people use this scripture to say, “God will not give me more than I am able to bear.” That is not what God says. He’s talking about temptation, not bearing burdens.

Of burdens, He says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).

When we face temptations, we need to ask for God’s strength that is available upon request. He and only He can make that way of escape for us and give us the strength to overcome—to sustain us so that we do not yield to the temptation.

I rejoice in Your strength, my Lord, and my God.
May I never forget where my source is,
especially when temptation sweetly calls.
May I let You answer.

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One Who Reverences the Lord

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Psalm 112:7
He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

This scripture speaks of the person who fears (reverences) the Lord, who delights in His commandments. This individual is gracious (shows mercy) and lends.

When he hears an evil report or a bad rumor, he is not shaken. He has a quiet confidence, a security in his Lord, who is the ever-existing One.

As I grow older, I find my response when hearing bad news, is a quiet, “Jesus.” He is as close as the whisper of His name. It’s my invitation for Him to enter the situation; to do what needs to be done in order to right the wrong.

After all, Romans 12:19 says, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

Lord Jesus, I thank You
I don’t have to be in the judging business.
I’m only called to reverence You,
and let You do the rest.

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Time Management

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Luke 12:22
And He (Jesus) said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on.”

People today spend a great deal of energy building personal wealth. Women shop for hours for the most fashionable apparel. Others, fritter away their time following the latest program on TV, or search on Facebook what their friends had for lunch.

All the while they miss the most important thing; developing a rich relationship with God. Their time and energies are spent on temporary things rather than the eternal—those things that will last forever.

Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added (provided) to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Each of us is given twenty-four hours in a day. How shall we use them?

Father God, thank You for the 1,440 minutes
You give me a day.
May I use them with wisdom so at the end of my days
You will be pleased how I spent them.

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One Faith

One

I Corinthians 11:1-2
Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.

This is God’s plan for the spreading of the gospel for each generation. Those who are established in the faith are to share their faith with others. The truth of the gospel is that Jesus is the promised Messiah, sent by God to us to be our sacrifice for sin once for all.

We are to hold fast to the precepts, the substance of the true teaching about Christ and His resurrection (translated here “traditions”). Many people today have deviated from the truth of the gospel, laid out clearly in the Bible, in order to fit a certain doctrine or view.

If we went back to what the Bible said, we could begin to be as one just as Jesus prayed for us in John 17:21. That scripture reads, “that they may be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us, that the world may continually believe that Thou didst send Me.”

Father God, may we know the truth taught to us by the Holy Spirit,
as we read Your word and seek Your face.
May we come together as one with You and Jesus
so the world may know Jesus is the Messiah sent for salvation.

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God’s Wings

God's Wings

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

This scripture, when examined deeply is so full of encouragement. He promises to put a hedge or fence about us. To shut us in. To overshadow us.

The word “wings” here means “the uttermost part of a garment, a hem, fringe, edge, border of a skirt or shirt.” When the lady touched the hem of Jesus’ garment (Matthew 9:21), in essence, she was saying “Your are the God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2).

God’s truth is described as a shield and bulwark. The meaning of a bulwark is “a wall of earth or other material built for defense, a rampart. Protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance. Any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in time of need, danger, or doubt.”

Jesus is exactly that. He will draw near to us when we draw near Him (James 4:8). He promises to protect, support, and encourage us in our time of need, whether that is physical, mental, or spiritual danger.

Lord God, my God, thank You for Your ever-present help
at all times, in every circumstance.
May Your name be ever on my lips.

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God’s Promise

Bright Future

Isaiah 60:15
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation.

Have you ever felt God has abandoned you? That He has forgotten your name? That you no longer matter to Him?

If so, take heart. This scripture is for you. Even from the first word, “whereas” this is meant to encourage you. “Whereas” carries a meaning of “being burdened, oppressed, in subjection or conquered; under the hand of.”

“You have been,” means “continue, be finished, be gone.” “Forsaken” is “to let alone, neglect, deserted.” Ever felt like that?

Good news! God promises to set in place a perpetual exaltation and rejoicing for you and your generations—for eternity. What a future to look forward to!

Oh Lord God! Thank You for Your promises
which are always in effect, and never go out of date.
They are the only constant truth to be had.
I rejoice in Your kindness and encouragement
which never fails and is new every morning.

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Fear vs. Faith

Fear vs. Faith

Deuteronomy 1:29
“Then I (Moses) said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, or fear them.’”

When Moses was about to die, he recounted the events he and the Israelites shared together in the desert. Today’s passage comes from that recollection.

When the Israelites neared the land that God had promised them long before they left Egypt, they sent twelve spies to check out the territory. When the spies saw the Anakim, the giants that lived there, ten came back terrified. The other two, Joshua and Caleb, believed God and were ready to take the land.

God reassured the people through Moses with today’s scripture. The people didn’t believe God. They let their fear rule instead of their faith. They put their eyes on the giants instead of Almighty God and His promise.

This cost them dearly—forty years in the desert. During that time, all the adults died before reaching the promised land with the exception of Joshua and Caleb.

When God speaks, we need to listen and obey, no matter what the circumstances look like.

Lord Jesus, when giants appear
whisper Your word in my ear.
May I obey what You say
and not my fear.

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