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.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Proverbs 23:4
Striving to gain wealth is the desire of many people. Many people are willing to try to do anything and everything to get wealthy. Most want to find an easy way to gain extreme wealth. They want more for less.
Some people will search the internet to find ways to gain wealth in a fast way. Some of these ways may be legitimate, while many are just scams to make someone else wealthy.
Others will work hard at their job, fighting to climb the ladder of position and pay. They will work several jobs or extreme long hours just to make a few dollars more.
However, gaining this wealth can be lost in a matter of moments very easily. Sickness or disaster will drain the wealth. The economy drops causing a loss in value.
Solomon, being the wealthiest man who ever lived, warned to not wear oneself out to gain wealth. He even adds that a person should not trust his own cleverness to gain that wealth.
A person may be wise enough to gain some wealth, but in the end it costs him much more. It costs health, family, position, marriage, integrity, and much more.
When a person is so focused on gaining wealth, he will often forget those around him and he will forget about God. Everything else gets put on the back burner at an expense to his life and wealth.
Real wealth is not found in the temporary material things of this world. Gaining all the money in the world will never save a soul. It will not put one in a better position with God.
The focus of the life of a believer should be on becoming more like Jesus and making more disciples of Jesus. Gaining wealth should be one of the least concerns of a believer.
Take a look at your life and see what you are working at getting or doing. How much time and effort are you working at gaining wealth? Now compare that to how much time and effort are you working at becoming like Jesus and making disciples?
One will gain you, maybe, some temporary pleasure, but many troubles. The other will gain you eternal life, joy, and peace.
Focus your efforts and energy on what is of lasting value, rather than the temporary losses of this world.
I pray today that you will work hard at living for God; that you will make every effort to make disciples of Jesus; that God will provide for your every need in abundance; and that God will protect you from being led astray towards temporary wealth.