[e-Devotionals] 2004-07-14 - Temptation

Encore 1996-04-17

They tell me Jesus died for my transgressions
And that He paid that price A long long time ago.
When He gave His life for me On a hill called Calvary.
But there's something else I want to know.

Does He still feel the nails? Every time I fail?
Does He hear the crowd cry, "Crucify!", again?
Am I causing Him pain? Then I know I've got to change.
I just can't bear the thought of hurting Him.

First verse and Chorus from Does He Still Feel the Nails? Words by Ray Boltz
Copyright Word Entertainment, July 2002 Catlog #883140 ASIN B00006BNIK

Matt 26:41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (Jesus)

Luke22:40 On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." (Jesus)

Luke 22:46 "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." (Jesus)

1 Cor10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it.

Temptations come in all forms and from all directions. Do you fall prey, as I do, to today's fast paced life style and let your guard down? It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day pace and not slow down and think of our Savior and think of how He wants us to live. It is a constant battle for us. I love what Jesus told the disciples in the garden "Watch and pray", so simple, but so hard when we get caught up in ourselves. Just watch for temptation, (be Christ Centered; not Self-Centered) and pray against it. Isn't 1Cor 10:13 reassuring? What a wonderful verse to memorize. When temptation comes my way I try to slow down, pray and remember these verses to resist the temptation. We don't always resist, but we keep growing and getting stronger. It sure is reassuring to know that we worship a loving and forgiving God, but I do wonder, Lord am I still causing you pain? I just can't bear the thought of hurting Him again and again. How about you?

David

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