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.

Amos 7:7 Lining Up Straight

Leaning Tower of Pisa

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. Amos 7:7 

Construction of buildings is something that occurs worldwide. One of the important parts of the construction is that the walls are built straight vertically. If the wall is off just a small amount it will lean more and more as it goes up higher and higher.

One of the ways the construction workers can ensure that the wall stays straight and true is using a plumb line. This is a line with a weighted ball on the end to hold it straight ensuring the wall is straight to the line or if adjustments are needed.

Amos is given a vision of God holding a plumb line up against Israel. It is to see how well they are lined up with God’s standards.

People often like to measure how well they are doing or not doing by measuring themselves up against other people. They use a horizontal measurement. The problem with this is that no person has a perfect alignment that stays perfectly aligned and true all the time. People waver in their alignment, in how they act and react, speak and listen.

Jesus is the only person who walked perfectly upright and straight all the time. His plumb line is lined up with God.

Every believer must have a plumb line measured from him up to God and only to God. God is above every person on this earth and is the perfect alignment.

When a believer is measured up against the standard Jesus presents, it will allow him to see if there are imperfections or not in his life. It will reveal how closely aligned he is to God’s standard of living, not the wavering standards of this world.

While it is easy to compare yourself to another person, strive to not do that but rather compare yourself to Jesus. Find out how aligned you are to the way Jesus lived.

If you find that you are not in perfect alignment, ask God to show you how to make adjustments in your life to get into alignment. Keep working at it until you are perfectly plumbed straight and true to God and His unwavering standards. God does not, nor ever will change His ways.

As God holds a plumb line to your life, what will it reveal?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will align your life to God’s will and ways; that you will fully live for God with all of your being; and that you will be a good representation of Jesus upon this earth.

Daniel 1:8 Going Against The Norm

Cooked meal

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8 

When being given something, most people will accept it without any questions or problems with it. The reason it is often accepted is that no one wants to offend the giver. They want to be grateful for what they are being given.

Along with not wanting to be ungrateful, they also do not want to go against the norm of society. If everyone is doing it, they feel they should do it also. They do not want to buck the system of what to do or not to do. In this way they will compromise their standards and beliefs.

While Daniel was in exile, he was promoted to being a chief official for the king with some others. They were given the best food and drink of the palace. Daniel chose to not eat the food, because it went against God’s chosen diet for him.

Peer pressure to go with the norm of everyone else is great in this world. People will very quickly compromise their standards to gain something or to gain the favor of someone else.

Many believers will often compromise their standards in the walk with God in order to fit in with society or a group of people. They begin to accept and do things that go against what God has told them not to do, just so they do not stand out and appear as ungrateful or as ‘holier-than-thou’.

However, God has called all believers to be separate from this world. They are to stand out as different, a peculiar people and holy unto God. Doing so will cause one to choose to go against the norm of this world, in order to prevent sinning against God in any way.

Think about the things God has told you to do or not to do. These can be anything written in Scripture or told to you by His Holy Spirit. Are you willing to compromise what God has told you in order to fit in with a certain group of people?

Seek God to give you strength to not compromise and step into sin. There is nothing that is worth the price of sinning against God. Do not allow yourself to give into pressure to compromise your walk with God, just to go with the norm.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for you; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that you will not compromise your walk with God. 

Deuteronomy 25:13 Different Weights

Measuring weights

Do not have two differing weights in your bag–one heavy, one light. Deuteronomy 25:13

It is common for people to have different standards for different people. They do not treat each person equally. For one person, they are very generous and kind, while to the next person, they are stingy and tight-handed. They change as to how they act or react according to who they are around.

There are businesses that have different standards of prices depending on who is doing the purchasing. For one group of people, the price is one set price. For everyone else it is a different price. This can be seen as differing weights

During the time of Moses, weights of things was used to determine the price of something. They weighed out gold, silver, grains, and other items to pay people. Each business person was to carry a set of weights with him to make the measurement and payments. One would often carry two different sets of weights, one light, one heavy. When selling something, they would use one set of weights demand more payment. When purchasing something, they would use the other set of weights to spend less.

God did  not like this practice. People were not treating others equally or fairly. They were cheating other people out of what they deserved.

Jesus treated every person equally. He did not walk around with different weights in how he worked with people. Everyone was treated the same.

Although there are many laws for businesses in how to do business, there are many people who still cheat others out of what they are due. They treat different people differently, taking advantage of some, while being generous to others. Sometimes this is with money, but it is more common with general actions.

This can be seen in churches. One who comes in dressed very nicely is treated much differently than the person dressed very sloppily.

As a believer, you should live your life as Jesus did. Treat every person equally with His great love and generosity. Do not treat each person differently. Every person is the same in God’s eyes, either they are a lost child, or a found child. God loves each one the same.

God does not want you to have different weights in your bag. It is not how He acts.

Are your weights the same as God’s? Or are they different like the world’s?

I pray today that you will know how God treats people; that you will love as God loves; that you will keep the same standards as God’s with every person; and that you will treat people with God’s great love.