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Fighting the Enemy Through Prayer

Fighting the Enemy Through Prayer

Fighting the Enemy Through Prayer Jesus’ reminder to pray regularly against temptation reminds us just how prevalent and dangerous the appeal of sin can be in the Christian life. Once again the issue of kingdom and kingship is front and center. Sin and temptation are harsh masters. As the story of Cain reminds us, sin

Be Careful, Little Eyes, What You See

  There is truth to the adage that the eyes are the windows to the soul. What you let in through your eyes will work its way inside. Jesus warned us multiple times in the Gospels that our eyes can cause us to sin (Matthew 5:29; 18:9). He spoke about it with one of the

Satan Stalked Him

He faced all of the same temptations we do. — Hebrews 4:15 You and I know what it is like to endure a moment of temptation or an hour of temptation, even a day of temptation. But forty days? That is what Jesus faced. The Spirit led Jesus into the desert where the devil tempted Jesus for forty

Jesus, I Need You… When I Am Tempted

Temptation is all around us, but as we learn in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus taught us how to overcome it: with the Word of God. * Dear Jesus, Why is self-control so difficult? Whether it’s overeating, spending too much time on my phone, or losing my temper, sometimes my self-control slips, and I do the very

Did the Devil Really Make Me Do It?

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. — 1 Corinthians 10:13 Early on in my

Strengthened to Believe, Wait, and Love

Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. — Hebrews 13:5 Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. — Hebrews 2:18 God says: See Jesus, still incarnate as a human but no longer on earth, still the crucified One with nail-scarred hands and feet

Giving Thanks for God’s Abundance

Consider it Thankfulness is a skill we can develop with practice. It’s just a matter of pausing and noticing the abundance with which God has filled our lives. We can choose to view life through the lens of deprivation (noticing everything we don’t have and worrying that there is never enough for us) or through

Why God Allows Trial and Temptation

God allows temptation and trial because they can be good for us. Seriously? Yep. The same Greek and Hebrew words are used in Scripture for both temptation and trial. The distinction depends on intent and motivation. Is the difficult situation for the purpose of tearing down? It’s a temptation. Is it for the purpose of

Obedience: Love Will Set You Free

Tempted I felt powerless.
 I tried to do right, but then I failed. 
I tried again.
 Then I failed again, and again, and again.
 You can handle this on your own, I thought to myself. But my sin kept taunting me, teasing me, testing me, until I finally said, “Why bother fighting it?” Then, like a

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