“And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation” (Luke 22:40).
Today’s Morsel: In today’s world, if we are not careful, we can easily be drawn into temptation. We are constantly bombarded with things on our electronic devices and computers to buy. We are tempted with billboards, newspaper ads, magazines, Scouting campaigns, and automakers to buy. We are tempted to get into debates over good versus evil. We are tempted to side with one political party over the other. We are tempted to lie, cheat, and steal. We are tempted to withhold doing good. We are tempted to skip church. We are tempted to change our gender. We are tempted to change the way that we look. We are tempted, tempted, tempted. And Satan, who is called the tempter (Matthew 4:3), sits and laughs at us every day because we fail to heed Jesus’ advice. Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain” (1 Thessalonians 3:4-5). He was concerned that Satan had tempted them and they were no longer serving God. Jesus said that we should pray that we would not we enter into temptation. Let me encourage you. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Pray daily so you will have help to overcome when you are tempted. With every temptation, He will make a way of escape, but we have to be looking for the escape route to find it!
Sing: Temptation hidden snares, often take us unawares, and our hearts are made to bleed for each thoughtless word or deed; and we wonder why the test when we try to do our best, but we’ll understand it better by and by.
By and by when the morning comes, when all the saints of God are gathering home, we will tell the story how we've overcome, we will understand it better by and by.
Thought For Today: Watch out for temptation (Parker).