Thursday, February 2, 2012

Be On Guard Against Temptation

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We have some high , filmy clouds this morning , but still in the sixties and supposed to warm up to the eighties! What a winter this has been so far! I am not complaining, though!

After running several errands yesterday, I went to the park. listening to the Beatles on the radio and stopped to look at the fat gator sunning on the bank of the lake, and the turtles drying out on the other side, on the bank of the weir. Then on to the gopher tortoise in his usual spot by his tunnel. Maybe there are eggs down in there that he or she is waiting to hatch. 

I saw a flock of ibis at Lynch Lake along with lots of ducks and a tri-colored heron. Lots of wildlife all over the lakes and bodies of water. God is good!

From the little devotional book Knowing God:

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.
The spirit is willing but the body is weak.
Matthew 26:41 NIV

Have you noticed that this world is filled to the brim with temptations? Unless you've been living the life of a hermit, you've observed that  that temptations, both great and small are everywhere.

Some temptations are small; eating a second scoop of ice cream, for example, is tempting, but not very dangerous. Other temptations , however, are not nearly so harmless. The devil is working 24/7, and he's causing pain and heartache in more ways than ever before. Thankfully, in the battle against Satan, we are never alone. God is always with us, and He  gives us the power to resist temptation whenever we ask Him for the strength to do so.

In a letter to believers, Peter offered a stern warning: "Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5:9 NKJV) As Christians, we must take that warning seriously, and we must behave accordingly.

                                                              -Great Thoughts-

Jesus faced every temptation known to man, so that he could identify with us.
                                            Beth Moore

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs, Amaryllis