Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Preparing For Temptation

It was a very hot summer day. All the boys in the neighborhood decided to go swimming but there was no adult to go with them. Recognizing the danger that might occur, Johnny’s mother forbade him to go with them. Later that day, he came home with wet hair.

“What happened?” asked his mother.

“I fell in the pond,” came his reply.

“Well, why aren’t your clothes wet?” she asked.

“I had a feeling I was going to fall in,” he explained, “so I took them off.”

The world has been and is full of temptations and pressures. So, Paul gave us a warning and an escape route. First, he said that we would all be tempted, and second, that God would always provide a way to be victorious. But we must do our part if we do not want to fall and fail. We must first prepare ourselves to recognize and avoid people, places and things that would lead us to sin. Then, if we are tempted, look to Him for strength to recognize and resist the temptation before we are overcome by sin.

Prayer: Grant us, Father, the desire to trust You for strength and power to turn from sin in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13

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