Not So Sweet Temptations
It's been said that opportunity knocks, but temptation pounds. Temptation goes way beyond distracting, it can be totally derailing! Jesus understands our struggles not just because he is loving and compassionate, but because he resisted temptation from Satan as well during his 40 days of praying and fasting in the wilderness. Yes, even Jesus was tempted; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Jesus warned Peter that Satan wanted to sift him, or taht he wanted to seperate him from Christ.
That's what temptation does, it makes a really good offer to rest from our struggles and offer an exit from our path to a place a little easier to travel...If an offer seems too good to be true it's probably a bad deal. The road to heaven is small and the gate is narrow and few find it Jesus said, but the road to hell is a 5 lane super highway gradually sloping down hill making the trip easier. Satan wants to sift you today and get you off the narrow road and on to his highway.
Today, draw near to God and allow him to cover you with his righteous right heand.
Offer up your suffering today and allow it to be a vehicle of God's amazing grace.
Read: 1 Corinthians 10:13; Matthew 26:41
Prayer of consecration
I confess my sins and failures to you and I am very sorry for having sinned against You. Give me the strength to seek and accept Your grace and forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, you poured yourself out completely and died for me so that I would have eternal life. I claim that wonderful and indescribable gift of salvation.
Create a pure heart in me, refresh my spirit and renew my mind and body.
I consecrate myself to you Lord and ask that you use me according to your holy will.
I pray in Jesus name.