Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Offer In Temptation

How good it is to offer myself to God, to appeal to Him and call to Him in the beginning or midst or even end of temptation.

Heb 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Whatever is tempting you just now, whether fear, lust, covetousness, envy, pride—whatever—how excellent it is to offer yourself to the Spirit. How the angels must delight to see us offering our tormented selves to God.

Instead of making pledges that we’ll be strong, we look to Him. And we get Him.

When covetous avenues beckon to our flesh, we make no promises of obedient avoidance; we stay tight with our Friend. And our friendship is deepened.

When lust or fear or disappointment rage against us, tempting us toward ugly conclusion, we move toward Him. Lo and behold, He who now calls us home, sees to what’s going on inside of us. He who finds no fault with us—none—recognizes the assault, takes the blows and turns the fight. Afterward? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

When temptation strikes at you, don’t go it alone. Go to Him, and He’ll see to you.

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