Monday, December 18, 2017

When Temptation Comes

When temptation comes, remember the appeal is always to our selfish nature. Temptation finds an easy victim when we are self-centered. Selfishness never considers others. The power of all temptation is to focus on ourselves. It's about thoughts, desires, and emotions to bring self-gratifcation.

Temptation's power can be broken. However, it will not be broken by personal resolutions or even will power. We must look beyond ourselves to break temptation's power. Look to God as your hope and help. Call upon Him in prayer. He can break the power of every temptation. Jesus taught us to pray to God our Father: "And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one" (Matthew 6:13).

Pray the Word: Father, lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one, through the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Do the Word: Recognize temptation for what it is, selfishness that considers no one else. Everyone is tempted, but no one has to yield. Prayer is your greatest resource. Ask God to deliver you from temptation's power through Christ.