Mark 14:38 Prevent Falling To Temptation

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38

The standards of the world are that a person can do whatever he desires as long as it does not directly hurt another person. These standards can be found everywhere. Advertisements are focused on telling a person needs and deserves to have whatever he desires.

People cannot have or do too much, according to the world. This type of thinking causes people to do things that go against God and His standards.

As Jesus was about to be betrayed in the garden, He was praying and wanted the disciples to pray also. They had fallen asleep. Jesus told them that they needed to watch and pray to keep from falling into temptation.

Temptation is the pressure put on someone to go against a set of standards for a different set of standards. Most often this is going against God’s standards–sinning against God.

No true believer really wants to sin, but do continue to fall into the temptation to sin. The world wants nothing more than a believer to sin against God. The best way for a believer to prevent this from occurring is to watch and pray.

One must watch and be alert to the deception of the world to get him to sin. He must also pray. Prayer will keep his focus upon God and His standards, taking his eyes off of the lusts and temptations of this world.

God is willing to show a person the way out of temptation as the pressure arises. He will be able to bring to memory His word to turn from all sin.

Without prayer, a person is trying to do it on his own and will fall to the temptation to sin.

Every day there will be times of temptation that will come up in your life. You have to be ready to combat those temptations.

The first way to beat them is be watching for those temptations. Be ready for when the enemy tries to trip you up.

The next thing you need to be doing is praying, without stopping. Rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you to turn away from all temptation to sin. Refuse to sin against God.

Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will pray to God continually; that you will rely upon God’s strength; that God will open your eyes to temptations before you; and that you will refuse to sin against God.

Matthew 27:20 The Power Of Persuasion

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. Matthew 27:20

Persuasion is a powerful tool that is used everywhere for many different things. It is persuasion that drives people to purchase items that they often do not need or cannot afford. It is persuasion that often changes a person’s heart.

By the power of persuasion, a few people, with a few words, can change the mindset of many people. The many are deceived into thinking that everyone thinks that way, when often it is only a few.

Once Jesus was tried, Pilate wanted to release Him because He was innocent. However, the chief priests had persuaded the crowd to convict and kill Him. This was the same crowd that the day before was worshipping and praising Jesus.

Following Jesus goes against the ways and standards of this world. The world will do what it can to persuade a believer to stop following Jesus.

Most believers would be quick to say that they would not have cried out to have Jesus crucified if they had been there. Yet, many of those same believers are quick to fall to temptation to sin. Every time a believer sins, he is laying a strip across Jesus’ back and driving the nails into His hands and feet. It is as though they are crucifying Him again and again.

The only reason that a believer does this is because they are persuaded that sinning is the way to go. One is being persuaded that he needs to live as the world does and crucify Jesus, rather than lay one’s own self and desires upon the cross.

Rather than be led by persuasion to sin against God, believers need to persuade the world for their need of Jesus. That is the whole gospel message Jesus was brining.

Every day the world will work hard to persuade you to sin against God. You will have a choice to make, as to whether to go with the crowd or go with Jesus. One brings death, while the other brings eternal life.

Do not allow yourself to be persuaded to walk the path of sin and death. Do not choose to crucify Jesus again. Instead live for God, following Jesus and be His witness. Use your words and actions to persuade the world their need for Jesus.

Be the persuader, not the persuaded.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you to not be persuaded to sin; that you will persuade others to follow Jesus; and that you will live your life for God.

Psalm 2:1 All In Vain

Chess board

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? Psalm 2:1 

Wars and battles occur all the time, all over the world. Some are with physical weapons, while many are with just words. People are constantly plotting to overcome someone or something.

Groups of people can be found everywhere who are striving to win some agenda. They are focused on getting their way, regardless of what anyone else thinks or does. Most of these groups do it in a civilized manner, following the rules of the land, however, there are many that do not care about the laws. These groups often take the law into their own hand or try to overcome the government.

Some groups are small and raise a small squabble, but are so small they are no real threat to anyone. Others are a very large and powerful organization to be reckoned with.

The Psalmist opens this psalm with the question of why nations and people plot in vain. This is a good question to ask.

All over the world there are groups that are against God and Christianity. They hate Christians and plot against God with everything in them. They see Christians as a threat to their way of living and so need to strive to destroy them. They are just following Satan and his agenda.

There are also some believers who fight against God’s will for their lives. They refuse to do what He asks of them and try to run the other direction. This could be in any area of their life, minor or major.

Those who fight against God are fighting a losing war. In the end Jesus will win the war and all sin will be destroyed for eternity and all who refuse to follow Him. So it is pointless to fight against God. It is all in vain.

You may have some areas of life that you are refusing to give to God. So you are fighting against God. Trust God and give every area of your life to Him. He knows what is best and will win in the end.

In the end you will either be on His side or against Him. If you are against Him, you will lose and spend eternity in hell separated from God forever.

The best thing to do is follow God and all His commands. As you follow and trust in Jesus, you will win in the end. You may lose a battle, but the war has already been won.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will trust God with every area of your life; that you will not fight against God; and that your life will be a witness of God and His power.

Revelation 6:16 A Day Of Wrath

 

Child hiding

They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” Revelation 6:16

People always try to avoid the extreme anger of someone else. When a person is extremely angry, anything can happen.

This fear of someone can often be seen in little children with a parent. There have been parents who show extreme wrath upon a child that has done something wrong. The parent may yell, scream, and strike the child in his anger against something done wrong. The child grows up in extreme fear of the parent and is always trying to hide from him.

Various people, even as adults have also shown extreme wrath against others because of something that was done wrong to them. These people are also avoided. When a person is going on a shooting rampage in anger in a public place, people are running and hiding anywhere they can to keep from being hit.

John sees a vision of a coming time when many people will be running and trying to hide from God. Jesus will come back to judge this world. He will unleash His anger and wrath against sin and those who refuse to follow Him. At that time, the world will realize how great God is and how powerful He is.

The God who created the heavens and the earth will be coming with a vengeance and wrath to destroy those against Him. Those in this world, who do not serve Him, will have a reason to be fearful. He will be greater and more powerful than any person that has ever been angry before. Yet, there will be no place for them to hide.

To avoid His wrath, all a person must do is follow Jesus and love God with all their heart, mind and soul. God must be first in the life of a person.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you will have nothing to fear from God. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you have everything to fear from God. God will have His day of vengeance.

God will only strike at those who refuse to follow His Son. Those who follow Jesus, will be protected and brought into heaven.

Are you living in a way that you will have to fear God?

Or are you living for Him?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will serve God with all of your life; and that you will not have to fear God’s wrath against you.

Job 42:3 Speaking Without Knowledge

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

God had just finished showing Job how He is in absolute control of everything. Job then realized that when he was complaining about the suffering God was putting him through, he was speaking without really understanding. Job knew that he had been wrong about God in what he had said.

People often speak about things that they really do not understand or know everything about. During football season, there are many “armchair coaches” or “quarterbacks” that could do it better. They see a play and get angry because it should have been done a different way. There are also many people who are the “backseat drivers” in a vehicle. Again, they know how to best drive the vehicle in every situation.

When people make comments about things other people have done, often it is through their own experience or viewpoint. The consideration that the other person may be doing the best possible way of getting something done, does not usually enter the mind.

This type of speaking is often done with God. God allows something in a person’s life, and the person gets upset. How could God allow that? What was He thinking? God is absolutely in the wrong.

People, including believers, often question what God is doing. Or question why God will not allow something to happen. When this happens, they are basically saying that God is not really in control and does not have all knowledge.

God really does see the bigger picture. Would you have sent your son to die to forgive a person who hates and hurts you? Would you allow pain and suffering in order to draw a person closer to you?

God’s ways are higher than your ways. You cannot always understand why God does what He does, or allows what He allows. Take a look at how this world and the universe works. Can you run all of that yourself? God can.

Trust that God knows what He is doing. Job did not see the bigger picture in what God was doing in his life. He did not see the testimony that God was giving him.

You will not see everything either, but you can trust that it is all for your good. Do not speak against God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not fear what God has brought into your life; that you will not speak against God; and that God will use you to reach this world for Him.