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.

Zechariah 12:5 Reason For Being Strong

Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’ Zechariah 12:5

People find their strength in many different ways. Some are known to be strong in their ability to persuade others. Some are strong in their wealth or position.

Cities and nations often find their strength in their economy or their military. When the people are unified together, whether in a city, state or nation, they will usually be stronger. It is the common goal or view in some area that tends to make them stronger.

God talks of a future time when the people of Jerusalem will be strong. The reason given for why they will be strong is because they will allow God to be their God.

People in themselves are really often very weak. They give in to the pressure of those around them, wanting to please others, which gives the others more strength. It is in this way that many believers fall into sin, falling to the temptation to be like others.

When believers fall into sin, it breaks down their credibility and their witness. It is no longer God working in and through them, but they are trying to do things themselves on their own.

The difference is when a believer truly makes God his God, then he will have true strength and power to be God’s witness and turn away from sin. He will be able to stand up against the enemy and win the battles.

Believers who have allowed God to be their God, will be filled with His Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will guide them and give them supernatural strength in the spiritual battles of this life.

You may find yourself struggling to win the battles against temptation to sin. The world is mounting attacks against you to break you down and destroy you, causing you to weaken and step into sin.

Although you may be there and are weak, you do not need to stay there. Turn to God and make Him your God. Allow God’s Spirit to guide and strengthen you to turn from sin and win the battles.

When God is your God, it is He who you allow to make all the choices and guide your steps. You will either serve the world and be weak, or serve God and be strong.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make God your God; that you will allow God to guide you; and that you will walk in God’s power and strength.

Joshua 17:17-18 You Can Drive Them Out

Drive out the enemy

But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph–to Ephraim and Manasseh–“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its furthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out. Joshua 17:17-18 

The tribes of Joseph had wanted more land than what they had been given because of their number of people. Joshua stated that they can get some more land from the Canaanites. He did not deny that the Canaanites were very large and powerful, but told the tribes they could still drive them out.

As with the Israelites taking over the land of Canaan, believers today still have many enemies and have to take over land. It is rarely a physical land, but a spiritual one that believers must take over. This spiritual land is in their own hearts and lives and in the lives of others around them.

God does not have believers going around now to physically kill the enemy, but there is a spiritual enemy that needs to be defeated. The number of the enemy is extremely high in number, in fact there are more of the enemy on this earth with Satan, than with God. Yet, God has more strength and ability than the enemy ever had or will have.

When Jesus died and rose again from the dead, He defeated the greatest enemy of God–death and sin. All this power He has given to every believer to overcome this world.

Every believer needs to take a stand to drive out the spiritual enemies in their lives. Some of those enemies are: jealousy, anger, immoral thoughts, greed, pride, fear, lying, cheating, and many more. These are all areas of the heart–the land–that need to be taken for God.

God can show you areas of your heart that have allowed the enemy in to take control. He can also give you the strength to push the enemy out and give God the land that is His. God can also help you drive out the spiritual enemies in your city, workplace or wherever you set your feet.

Do not be afraid of how strong the enemy is. God is stronger. In the end you will win the battle with God on your side. God never loses.

Go and drive out the enemy today.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not fear the strength and number of the enemy; that God will help you drive out the enemies in your life and the lives of others; and that you will see victory in Jesus.