The Challenge of Temptation – Relying Fully on the Work of the Holy Spirit - Wednesday, July 31st

The Challenge of Temptation – Relying Fully on the Work of the Holy Spirit - Wednesday, July 31st

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:14-15

And if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. 2 Peter 2:7-10A

Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You make me know wisdom. Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:5-1

And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watching. and praying for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40-41

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

The Psalmist speaks of “truth in the innermost being.” How easily we are deceived about our role and that of our circumstances and conditions in regard to our sinful choices and behaviors. In addition, however, we are often deceived in regard to temptation and sin themselves. Oh, how very sneaky and subtle temptation and sin can be. We are very good at maximizing the rewards and minimizing the consequences of sinful choices and behaviors. Satan is a liar and poses as an angel of light. It only follows that the choices and behaviors that tempt us promise things that are out and out lies and appear as light and not darkness. Jeremiah described the heart of man as desperately wicked. This is why God has given us His Spirit. The Holy Spirit must infuse our inner being with all that is true so that we can discern the truth about the temptations we face. When we let the Holy Spirit do this work we will not be mastered by sin but rather mastery over sin will be realized through the strength the Holy Spirit supplies.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I choose to trust the Holy Spirit for the difference he can make. I know how messy things get when I get out of step with the Holy Spirit. Bring truth into my innermost being. Surely, you alone know how to rescue the godly from temptation. With your powerful help I will keep watching and praying so that I do not enter into temptation. Amen!

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