Today's Christian thought: Wednesday September 24th, 2003
Do you ever get the feeling that you are tempted beyond your ability to withstand? If so, you are in good company. Many feel the same way. Many, if not most, Christians will at one time or another feel as if they are being tempted to sin beyond their ability to withstand.
How come? And, what can you do about it?
You can do two things to put off temptation. First you can pray: Jesus, in teaching us to pray, included in His prayer model for us, this verse: "And lead us not into temptation"
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
If you go to the Lord in prayer, will He keep your temptations within your ability to withstand? Well, seems that God knew we would wonder about that, so 1,940 years ago He dictated an answer to His servant, the Apostle Peter.
Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle (body/life), to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me (to die by being crucified).
Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able, after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
For He (Jesus) received from God the Father Honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the Excellent Glory (God the Father), "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount (Matthew 17).
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:12-21)
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly;
And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: (2 Peter 2:1-9)
"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations" Yes, the Lord knows how to protect you from temptations, He knows how to keep you from being tempted beyond your means. He knows how to and He will, all you have to do is go to Him in prayer and ask Him to. He even told you how to pray:
"... when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." and what to say: "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"
So, when you sin, when you are faced with temptation beyond your means to resist, don't blame God, blame yourself, for, had you wanted to be protected from that temptation, all you needed to do was ask God for His help. That is if you are Saved. If you are unsaved aka a heathen, then unless you give your life to the Lord first, He will simply ignore you, for the only prayer the Lord hears from a heathen is the prayer of Salvation.
Lord, as I sit here with my wife asleep across from me, let me ask Thee to forgive me for my sins and protect me from the evil one, his minions, his ilk and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly. Lord keep me safe from temptation I beseech Thee for I am weak and sinful a man as You have ever created. Amen.
Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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