In an attempt to run away from acknowledging this temptation, the thought even went thru my head to just skip Monday evening prayer; a time I look forward to on a weekly basis. But without fail, the Holy Spirit prompted me to go. I knew in my heart that I needed to be there if for no other reason but to lay this temptation at the Lord's feet. I am reminded and grateful that as a child of the Most High God, I have the right to enter into His throne room with a boldness and assurance that He is there. He understands my weakness and He is eager to take that struggle away from me once I purpose it in my heart to let it go and give it completely to Him.
Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT tells us, “This High Priest of ours (Jesus) understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Maybe you think you’re above temptation to do wrong because you consider yourself a stable, seasoned Christian. But consider this my friend. If temptation came to Jesus, how much more will it come to those of us who are weak within our own strength? It is only by the Power of the Holy Spirit that we are strengthened to do that which pleases Him.
Trust me when I say that admitting I actually stopped and wondered if there was scripture that would justify me was not an easy thing to do. I shared it because it’s important to understand that if we need to manipulate scripture to justify our actions, then something is wrong with what we want to do. The Apostle Paul warns Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT , “In the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly." He further explains “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT
It’s important to understand that regardless if we justify our actions by manipulating scripture, we are still be held accountable for our choices; especially if they don’t line up with the Word of God.
Proverbs 21:2 NLT warns us saying “People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart." So don’t think you can flirt & give into temptation and it not be revealed in the end. Even thought we may fool those around us, Hebrews 4:13 NLT says “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable.”
Reality folks! If Adam & Eve couldn’t hide the fact that they gave into temptation and ended up disobeying the Lord, what makes us think we can? Genesis 3 NLT
Remember……..If you find that you have to manipulate God’s word to gratify your flesh, then something is wrong. Why not take time right now to enter into His throne room with a boldness and assurance that He is there. He understands your weakness and He is eager to take that struggle away from you once you purpose it in your heart to let it go and give it completely to Him.
It’s that simple folks!
Be blessed my family & friends! I pray the Lord’s total favor overshadows you as you continue to seek His face!
Love you all,Cyndy