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.

Matthew 26:15 The Price To Sell Out

and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15

Most people do not want to sell things that they value. They want to hold on to them. However, if someone comes in willing to pay a high enough price, many will then consider selling the item, and many will sell it.

The things of value can be physical or non-physical things. Emotions and actions are often bought out for a price. The price is different for each person.

The chief priests were looking for a way to destroy Jesus. All they needed was someone to betray Him. Judas was willing to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

Very few people want to believe that they would be a traitor as Judas was and sell out so cheaply. Yet the truth is that many people sell out to sin every day. A little pressure comes upon them or the the thirty pieces of momentary pleasure are offered, causing them to sell out to the devil and sin.

Each and every time a believer chooses to sin, he is betraying Jesus. He is giving in to the temporary, selfish desires of sin against God, that placed Jesus upon the cross.

Jesus had every opportunity offered Him to back down and sell out as He was headed to the cross, but He did not. He went all the way to the cross to bring life to every person who will believe.

Knowing this, every believer must also be willing to go to their cross and crucify the sin and temptations in their life. The believer must decide in his heart that he will not sell out to sin against God for any price that is offered.

Every day you will be offered silver to betray Jesus in some way, whether in word, in the heart or in an action. Satan and the world wants you to be willing to sell out against God and compromise your stand and witness.

You have to make a choice that there is no price high enough to sell out. At what price will you take to die and go into eternal punishment? That is what selling out to this world will cost you.

Jesus has made a way to not sell out. He is able to give you eternal life, worth more than all this world can offer.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for strength to turn from temptation; that you will know the value of the life Jesus is giving you; and that you will not sell out to sin.

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.