No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation is the desire to do something that is usually wrong to do. It is doing something that a person is not supposed to do. Temptation started in the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and has never stopped. It is not sin in itself. The act of acting upon that temptation is what becomes sin for a person.
The power of temptation is different for each person, depending on what the temptation is. For some people, the temptation to smoke is never a problem. They are so much against the idea of smoking that there never seems to be any real temptation. While with another person, just seeing a cigarette causes them to want one and smoke it.
Many people, however, claim that they cannot help but give into the temptation. They feel that they have no option but to give in. Often they state that they are addicted and cannot help but do the temptation. Most temptations are dealt around self and pleasing self. If it was immediately harmful to a person, most likely he would not do it. But most temptations are pleasing at the moment.
Paul says that is not the truth. Every temptation that a person goes through is a common temptation. One is not the only person to have ever felt that temptation. In the process of being tempted, every person has an option, to follow that temptation, or to flee from it. God always makes a way out of that temptation.
The easiest way to get out of that temptation is to flee somewhere else and get the mind on God and His word. One needs to focus on praising God and praying to God. Turn away from the temptation to sin against God.
Once you turn away from a temptation and turn to God, it becomes easier to turn away from that temptation. The more you give in to that temptation, the easier it will be to give in to it.
If your eyes, heart and life are focused on God and loving Him and other people, all temptation will be destroyed. It will no longer be about self. God made the way out of it. Walk that path.
I pray today that you will seek God when temptations arise; that you will focus your life on God; that God will keep a song of praise in your heart to keep you in His will; and that God will reveal the way out of all temptations.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Paul had been talking about troubles in this life are light compared to what is coming up in the future. Now he talks about what he fixes his eyes on.
People are always looking at things. They focus on things that they have or that they want. A common statement for a person to be successful is to focus on a dream and what it takes to get there. Usually that dream is of some thing, making a certain dollar amount, or a position.
While have a dream for those things may be good, they are not the best things to focus ones eyes on. When a person focuses on something, he goes for it, no matter what it takes. It is the central focus of his life.
All these things, dollars, and positions are just temporary. The will only last for a short time. The thing a person wanted so badly breaks down or does not live up to one’s expectations. No matter how much money a person has, there always seems to be a need for more and that it is not enough. Positions are never guaranteed very long. Positions come and go all the time.
Paul talked about focusing on what is unseen, what is eternal. The focus is on God and His kingdom. These are things that cannot be seen, yet will last for eternity and no one can take them away.
Focusing on God and His kingdom is focusing on doing what He wants, when He wants it and how He wants it done. It is focusing on reaching as many as possible with the Gospel message.
These are the things that will last for eternity. They will also give a person fulfillment in this life and the one to come.
Take a look at your own life and see what your eyes are focused on. You will notice whatever your eyes are focused on is where you spend your time, thoughts and money. Your aim is where your eyes are focused.
Ask God to open your eyes to see what is eternal. He can help you focus on what is coming in eternity to get past all the hurt, pain and troubles of today.
I pray today that you will see what you have in Jesus; that God will reveal a piece of eternity to you; that you will know the value of following God; and that you will focus your eyes on God and building His kingdom.
“Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” Matthew 24:2
The disciples and Jesus were walking in Jerusalem one day and they noticed the temple buildings. They had noticed how large they were and how great they looked and they pointed this out to Jesus. Jesus points out that everything that they see will be destroyed.
Seeing great works of art is something that can be exciting for some people. For most people they see the great works of art in paintings and sculptures, while others see it in the architecture of a building. It can be a beautiful looking castle, an unusually made building, a mansion, an office building, an sky-scraper, or some other unique building.
There are churches that are built that look extremely exquisite. Great care is taken in designing the building just right with stained glass windows, or the right type of seating, or the right type of designs on the walls.
While none of this is necessarily bad, none of it will last forever. Yes, the building may last a few hundred or even a thousand years, but eventually it will fall down. Every one of these types of buildings require constant maintenance to keep them up, but they will still fall some day. Some will start to crumble over time, little by little. While others may fall in a day, as the Twin Towers did in New York City.
Jesus turned the attention away from what is temporary to what is eternal. Yes, the buildings were magnificent, but they were also temporary. The souls of men and women are the only things that are eternal on this earth.
Getting caught up in the beauty of the things that are man-made will cause you to turn your attention away from what is eternal and made by God. It can cause you to turn your talk away from sharing the gospel, to talking about what is temporary.
Discussing the beautiful things on this earth is acceptable for a short moment, but it should not be your focus. You do not know when Jesus will return, it could be today. If it was today, would you be able to look back on your last days and say you did all you could to save as many as you could?
Where is your focus today?
I pray today that God will help you not get distracted by the things of this earth; that you will focus on the souls of men; that you will share the message of Jesus; and that you will know the return of Jesus is coming soon.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37
The psalmist asks God a strange request, to turn his eyes away from worthless things. This is in a psalm that the focus is on knowing God’s Word and honoring it. What are worthless things, when looking at God’s Word?
Going through life a person can easily get distracted with things that pull them off the path they need to be on. In the workplace, two co-workers can get to talking about their past weekend adventures. This can become a worthless thing, when it distracts them from doing the work they are there to do.
While at home, people get distracted with playing games or watching TV and do not get needed work done. In a restaurant people get distracted with their phones while talking to someone at the table. Each of these things can become worthless at the time of their being done, because they do not help accomplish the current goal.
On the grand scale of eternity, many things become even more worthless. God’s Word points people on how to live for God in the best way possible. Living your best for God includes not only keeping yourself from sin, but also serving God by doing His will and serving others in this world.
It easy to get distracted by worthless things in this world. They can pull you away from spending time in God’s Word or time in prayer. They can keep you from being the witness you are supposed to be. Being a witness can be found in words and in actions, but if you are focused on self and things of this world…worthless things, you will not do what needs to be done.
As you go through this life, train your eyes to focus on what is really important and of high value. The greatest value in this world is your soul and the souls of every person on this planet. Your soul and every other person’s soul, needs to be focused on God and controlled by God, serving God.
Where are your eyes focused today?
Are they on the worthless, temporary things of this world?
Or on the eternal things of God?
I pray today that you will focus your eyes on the things God focuses on; that you will turn your eyes from worthless things; that you will focus on God’s Word; and that God will strengthen you to keep your eyes on Him.
After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 12:1
When Solomon had died, the nation of Israel had started to split up into two kingdoms. Rehoboam had become king of the northern part of Israel, as part of a rebellion against King Jeroboam in Judah. He started out serving God and leading the kingdom in following God. Once he was fully established in his position, he walked away from God and led the people away from God.
Anytime people receive help to get something going, they are excited. They accept that help and realize how they are really making it. This help can be someone who supplies the needed finances to get a business going, or to provide for college, or to start building a house, or one of many other things.
After a time of success, however, many people forget how they had made it. They start to think that they did everything on their own, rather than with help from someone else. Often they start to despise the one who supplied their needs, trying to look strong and powerful.
This type of thinking occurs very often among people who started to serve God. When times were tough and things were looking very bad, many people turn to God and appear to serve Him with all of their heart. Later, when things get going very well, many people forget about God. They feel that they were the ones that made everything happen and put God on a shelf.
Very few people have not been guilty of doing this at some point in their life. People like to be selfish and proud of themselves, not giving God the credit for what He has done in their lives.
Think through about your life. Where has God brought you from or through?
Are you still serving God as you did at the beginning?
Or have you put God on the shelf and abandoned Him?
Keep your focus and trust in God. Do not trust yourself and your own abilities. It is God who can raise you up and it is God who can bring you down. Do not become like Rehoboam and forget about God.
I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will not turn away from God; and that you will always give God credit for your blessings in life.
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Hebrews 3:1
In life there are many things that can call the attention of a person. They will demand that a person think about these things to some degree or more. Not all of these things are necessarily bad things to think about.
There are things that are good to think about such as: getting ready to go to work; doing a great job at work; how to cook a meal with what a person has; what clothing to put on in the morning; and taking time to pay the bills on time. These are just a few of the many things that are good.
However, not everything that a person thinks is a good thing. Many bad things can come up in the thinking such as: worrying about paying the bills; fretting over what to wear; thoughts of anger against a person; improper sexual thoughts; excessive thinking about any one thing; along with many other bad thoughts.
The author of Hebrews states that if you are sharing in the heavenly calling, you must fix your thoughts on Jesus. That heavenly calling is to follow Jesus and serve God with your whole life. Your thoughts are now to be on what Jesus wants.
Jesus is our high priest, the one who stands before God for you. He is the One who knows what God wants and is to guide you in what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.
Focusing all of your thoughts will keep you from focusing on what is bad or non-productive. It will help keep you from turning to sin.
This is not a one time, fix-it-forever type of thought. It is something that has to be done continually, over and over. Thoughts can come and go in a split second. Your focus needs to be on Jesus at all times.
Where are your thoughts today?
Are you focusing on the things and cares of this world?
Or are you thinking on Jesus and what He wants?
I pray today that you will turn your thoughts to Jesus; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to strengthen your thoughts; that you will not turn your thoughts to just things of this world; and that your thoughts will be with eternity in mind.
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