In this world we will have troubles…In this world we will face trials…What tempts you?


It’s a given! It’s not a possibility, it’s a given! So we need to be prepared and learn how to deal with them. We have three key things we can grab a hold of when we face trials or troubles or temptations…

Troubles:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

–from John 16:33

Trials:

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

–from James 1

Temptations:

13No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it.

–from 1 Corinthians 10:13

41″Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

–from Matthew 26

12Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the LORD has promised to those who love him.

–from James 1

We need to make sure we set up safeguards to keep us from falling into temptation! We need to have accountability partners who can be aware and whom we can speak to about what is going on and help be another layer of safety! We need to come up with a plan to keep us from getting into situations that would trip us up or cause us to fall into some type of moral tailspin! We need to hold on tight to Jesus and overwhelm the darkness with light!

Keep your eyes wide open and realize that the enemy is out there and his plan is to steal, kill, and destroy us which goes against God’s plan to give us life and life to the full! Just as when Jesus was fasting for 40 days and the devil kept coming at Him, we need to be prepared for the thing he will throw at us…Jesus had an answer for each time…

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

–from Matthew 4

so let’s get prepared by spending time in God’s Word!

Let’s get prepared by putting on the full armor of God!

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

–from Ephesians 6

Let’s get prepared by clinging onto Jesus! Let’s not allow the trials or troubles of this world to get us down! Let’s respond with the hope that is within us! Let’s shine the light and love of Jesus into this world around us! Let’s start our day filled up, prayed up, and ready for what today will bring! Yes, in this world there will be troubles – not might, not possibly, there will be troubles, so we need to face them by taking heart because Jesus has overcome the world! Similarly when we face trials of many kinds, we need to consider them pure joy because of the world they are and will do in us! Don’t start your day without being filled with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit! Don’t start your day without putting on the full armor of God! And realize that the higher you can start your day the great the chance that the things of this world won’t be able to take you down or as I sometimes put it when speaking to people at work if you don’t start high enough you might hit the ground before the end of day or if too low, before noon.

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!


Trials and Temptations — Day 158: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 71:1-8, Acts 4:1-22, 2 Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 12


  1. Take confidence in the Lord … Psalm 71:1-8

    • In the psalm we see three key aspects of what that reliance on God involves:
      • Prayer

        Here is a prayer that you can pray: ‘I run for dear life to God… get me out of this mess’ (vv.1–2, MSG).

      • Patience

        Once you have cried out for help and cast your burdens on the Lord, the next step is to hope in him with confidence (v.5): ‘You keep me going when times are tough… I’ve hung on you’ (vv.5–6, MSG).

      • Praise

        You can praise God before, during and after battles you face: ‘I’ll never run out of praise’ (v.8, MSG).

  2. Take courage from being with Jesus … Acts 4:1-22
  3. Take care to please God … 2 Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

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