Temptations Defeated

devil angelI definitely know what it is like to be tempted. I also know too well how it feels to fall into the grips of temptation. I believe that the more I come to know the Lord, the more the enemy steps up his game against me. It’s not about me, it’s about the Spirit of God in me – the enemy wants the Spirit of God in me to be rendered weak and helpless. Following the Lord is made up of daily decisions and choices. Temptations come in to distract me and discourage me from following the Lord. These daily decisions and choices are often made quickly without much time to think. In other situations, the enemy is working on for years to erode my convictions about sin.

Jesus spent the first few days after His baptism in the wilderness alone. I can imagine that as a human, He would be hungry, anxious to get His ministry started and eager to turn the hearts of the people toward His Father. The enemy attacks at each of these areas of weakness, but Jesus quotes scripture to combat the temptations. He puts the enemy at bay and then heads home to Nazareth to begin His ministry. Check this out…

14 Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. 15 He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

16 When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19     and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” (Luke 4:14-19 NLT)

I’m not sure that I will ever be released from temptation until I breathe my last breath. I believe that the enemy wants to steal my joy, kill my convictions and destroy my walk with God. The enemy will not rest until I’m gone into eternity – his destination is damnation to hell and he has no part of heaven with God.

Today as I face temptation, I’m going to use the strategy of Jesus. I’m going to quote scripture so that the enemy will be defeated by the Word of God. I will find strength and power with the Word. I will remain focused on walk with the Lord and with the Holy Spirit’s help, the enemy will not take me down.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Believe

Elderly man prayingThis word is a part of my every day existence. In dealing with the public as well as colleagues in the Real Estate business, I’ve learned to believe what people tell me until I’m proven otherwise. I try to believe in people for the most part. There are some people who’s reputation for dishonesty screams out and their “word” my require verification.

Abram was a man of deep faith in God. He walked with God and he was known as a friend of God. His conversations with God were real and significant. Check this out…

1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

‘Do not be afraid, Abram.

    I am your shield,

    your very great reward.’

4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: ‘This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.’ 5 He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’

6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1; 4-6 NIV)

I am inspired by Abram’s example. He wasn’t perfect, but he was faithful to the Lord. I love the promise of God to be his shield and his “very great reward”. I love the depth of the relationship that Abraham has with the Lord. I sometimes question my ability to have that level of close intimate relationship with the Lord. I believe He wants to walk with me through anything that happens. I believe He wants to walk with me everywhere I go and whatever I do. The Lord is faithful and consistent to my relationship with Him. I’m the one that acts a bit “wishy washy” and sometimes plain stupid. I can be so self-centered instead of “God-centered”. Abram was deeply committed to the Lord. Abrams deep faith blessed the Lord.

Pressing On!

Dwayne