Facing temptation!

Good Morning! As I've been reading through The Prayer of Jabez, I loved one of the topics and how the author has helped himself and others with temptation. I've been coaching the Biggest Loser challenge focusing on eating healthier and exercising and so this applies well to this area too! When we think of sins, it can run the gamut but usually there is something that pops into most people's minds quickly. It could be gluttony, anger, pride, or any number of other sins. Imagine that you are standing in front of your home and see a stranger coming up your street, dressed in black, and he's checking house numbers and you realize this stranger is here to do you harm. He walks up to your house and finds the person answering is Jesus. The stranger hesitates and asks for you by name but Jesus says, "My friend has asked Me to guard the door." Because the stranger sees the nail scars in Jesus' hands and the marks on His head left by the thorns, he walks away scowling. This is defensive strategy used by Martin Luther when facing temptations of all kinds. The author also said something that I think helps make us step back and put our daily temptations into better perspective. What if you could walk into the tent of the enemy's general today and overhear his plan for rolling over your defenses? Wouldn't you go about your day in a whole different way, adjusting your moves to counter his, much more confident about your prospects for winning? That's just it. If you look back at your life, you will find you usually stumble and fall in the same areas. Consider that your "weakness" or satan's way of repeatedly pushing you down--but the end result is a feeling of defeat and despair and lack of hope. The beautiful thing to remember is that "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations." 2 Peter 2:9 and when I think about the things that I need help with, it is far easier for me to gear up and be strong knowing the Spirit is in me giving me the strength to do what I need to do. Step back and look at your temptations or sins as a battle plan. What in your past has not worked when you face the attack? How could you look at it differently and use the weapons God has given to withstand the attack today? Just think about today. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 Happy Monday! Jennifer

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