And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST .'”When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.
Father I know that I am never free and clear from the path of the ‘liar’. I know that temptation will never be in my past. I know that my mind and heart must always be focused on You, praying to You, and devoted to You if I am to fight this war. Father strengthen me. Keep me. Keep my eyes focused on You Father.
Remove people from my life that serve no purpose other than to tempt me, distract me, take my focus off of You Father. When they walk before me Lord, whisper in my ear to walk away. Give me the words to say to them so that we can part ways forever. Give me the strength to resist the feelings inside, and the desire to ‘test the waters’. Give me the wisdom to know that You know all, see all, and have power over all; the wisdom to know that I can never be equal to You, smarter than You, or more powerful than You.
Give me the strength to overcome the ‘want’ of things I don’t need- the things that could ultimately harm me or pull me off Your path. Father surround me with Your presence. Fill me with Your love and discipline. I don’t want to test You Father. I don’t want to give in to the ‘liar’ and temptation. I want to live honorably Father in Your sight, as Jesus clearly exemplified. I only want to serve You Father. In Your name there is grace. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Whether it be person or thing that tempts us, we know right from wrong- we know what is of God and what is a mirage invented by mortal mind, the liar. We need to stop lying to ourselves and saying that ‘it must be a blessing from God if this is happening to me‘. The flesh is weak and the only answer is God and His son Jesus Christ. Let our eyes not stray from the path. Let us not risk all that we have worked for just to have a moment or more in bliss.
Let us not risk an eternal life in harmony because of a desire for forbidden fruit. We know when God has told us ‘no‘, if we ignore Him then we are ‘testing’ Him. When we walk with temptation and not with God we are walking with the ‘liar’ who says, ‘just live a little. Doesn’t it feel good? Why would you do something that doesn’t bring your ecstasy? You should do what makes you feel good- let this be our secret!”.
What we don’t realize is that our judgment is clouded and within that ecstasy is a kill-switch that will bring pain; it will tear down the foundation we built within God’s grace. What we don’t realize is that the temptation will destroy everything you value most. It will rip apart your family, cripple your career, stomp on your dignity and esteem, and sit back and watch you slither on your belly in pain.
Ask yourself if this temporary pleasure you are enjoying now is worth the long-term pain in the future? Is it worth seeing your loved ones in pain? Is it worth displeasing God and Jesus? We must fight for our lives. We must fight for our position in God’s Kingdom. Don’t test God. Don’t try to outsmart Your creator. Don’t let the temporal alter your eternal.
Note: This Message was originally posted on November 20, 2010. It has been modified to align with current formatting and other standards.
Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.