Thursday, February 25, 2010


"Thought is action in rehearsal."
Author Unknown

Our thoughts can so easily be contaminated by Satan. His sole purpose is the capture, control, and influence our thinking. Which in turn, influences every action, word, and decision you made.
What you think is who you are. You will become the person of your thoughts. So what do you think about?

James 1:15 (New International Version)

but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

We are tempted all the time to think about the wrong things.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (New International Version)
13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Whatever we are tempted to do, we can always stand up under the temptation. Sometimes we think that we just can't. We just can't stop lusting after someone. We just can't stop smoking. We just can't stop lying. News Flash: You can!

When God says that he won't allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear, He means it. Jesus was fully God and fully man. He faced the same temptations we experience, everyday of His life on earth. And guess what? He never gave in. He never allowed Himself to give into the pleasure of sin.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (New International Version)
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Jesus has compassion and understanding for us. He knows what it is like to battle temptations. I'm sure we cannot comprehend the extent of His suffering through temptations, because we give into temptation all the time! We have temptation that comes in spurts because we fail; but Jesus endured ongoing temptation for 33 years.

Knowing this, we can approach God's throne with confidence. We can ask God to help us through temptation, because He understands. He knows what life is like. He knows how you feel when your heart is broken. He knows how you feel when it seems like there is no hope. He knows how you feel when your parents are arguing. He knows, He understands, and He cares. Doesn't that fill with joy when you know that there is always someone who you can talk to, that knows what your going through? We have a heavenly Father who cares about our hurts and worries. He loves us, flaws and all. No matter what you have done, you will always be accepted into the arms of God. We can battle temptation, and be overcomers! Victorious over Satan!

1 Corinthians 15:57 (New International Version)

57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Love in Christ,

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