God Does Not Tempt Us

James 1:13 speaks for itself. God is ALL TRUTH, therefore He cannot tempt us. We allow ourselves to be tempted/used by the evil one. I know I’ve been tempted.

Tempted and failed:

1) My parents taught me the difference between right and wrong. I attended Sunday School and was taught about temptation, but yet and still I had a friend who stole candy from the corner store every day on the way home from school. He would always try to entice the rest of us to join him. I held out for the longest, we were around nine years old. Finally, I gave in to the temptation. When I arrived home my Dad asked me where I had gotten the candy. He knew I had no money and teachers did not give candy to students for behaving back then. I already felt guilty and thought I was going to jail for stealing. He told me he was taking back me to the store (the owner was his friend) to report that I had stolen candy from him and he would decide my fate. I knew it was wrong. I was tempted and instead if standing in faith (like I did for weeks) I gave in to the devils evil ways and forsook the Word of God, ‘thou shall not steal’. I knew God could not tempt me, it had to be the evil one.

2) It was my first week on the job and we had a three/day weekend. I requested a few extra vacation days but had not yet earned the time off and the request was denied. Friends and I sailed to Catalina. Everyone else had five days vacation time, I had three. I knew I should not have gone, but it was a trip of a lifetime. I was tempted and failed. I took the trip. During the trip, I contacted my boss via Western Union, (this was long before email and cell phones) and told him there was no wind and the engine had broken, sharing that it would take a few days for repairs or according to the weatherman for the wind to pick up. This could have cost me my job, but I was young (this was a long time ago.) I felt guilty throughout the vacation, but by the grace of God, I did not lose my job. Some would have said God tempted them, but I knew it was Satan and took the bait anyway.

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Tempted and stood fast:

I worked for a management company that turned out to be unscrupulous. They wanted me to sign over a rather large check to them and threatened to tell the board president to fire me if I didn’t, but if I did they would promote me.

They thought they could persuade me. I knew this was the evil one trying to bind me. I reported the incident to the president and she fired the management company.

Temptation comes in all forms, from taking gifts from donors to cheating on tests and significant others, to major white crimes. God would never tempt us to do things outside of His Will. However, Satan tempts us every day. We know it is him because we can sense it in our spirit. The key is to acknowledge the temptation and walk away from it as fast and we can. I knew it was Satan and walked away.

Fact – God does not tempt. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy and will use every trick available to do so.

God saves. Satan Kills. God is All Truth. Satan is All lies. God gives life. Satan takes life away. All truth cannot lie. Temptation is not of God. Temptation is of Satan.

I am certain that everyone reading this has temptation experiences, some that we don’t mind sharing and others we will never reveal to another. The ones that are too hurtful or embarrassing to share can be handed over to God. Ask for forgiveness, He will never forsake you.

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Stand Fast In These Crazy Times

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While attending Church this morning God spoke to me and said, “I gave you a prophecy, share it.” This was the first time this has happened and I was a bit timid and held back. Today, I bind and cast our the spirit of timidity and fear and share this Word with all who read this post.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

This is the prophecy: “Your world will be turned upside down, but STAND, you will come out stronger.”

1 Timothy 2:5 reminds us that Christ Jesus is our mediator and is here to reconcile God and all of humanity. His goal is to save everyone, believers and those yet to become believers. Jesus is here to reconcile God and all of humanity, not just you and me. As our mediator, Jesus will bring us through the turmoil of the times. Every day we look at the news and see the chaos and deception Satan has spewed forth. Life on earth, as we know it is under attack.

All of the dynamics of our world are changing. The powers of chaos abound. These areChaos signs that the End Times are near, or perhaps we have entered it. The prophecy tells us to stand through the chaos, upheaval, and destruction.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12

Chaos Circling the WorldThe world atmosphere is causing anxiety, frenzy, and fear. It is evident that we live in a time when we must exalt our Lord, our God. Thank God who removes timidity and fear from us when we entrench ourselves in faith. Why faith, because faith is not an emotion, it is ‘knowing’ that God prevails. If we feel fearful, stand in faith. If we feel timid, stand in faith. If we feel depressed, stand in faith. If life throws any kind of curveball, stand in faith. As we stand in faith Christ Jesus mediates on our behalf. The key is to believe and know that our world may be turned upside down but the grace of God will see us through, as long as we stand.

God is saying, it is not our end, we are not doomed. He is warning that we are beingStanding7 Firm in Faith tested, our emotions will be sifted, and Satan will try to deceive us and break us. Christ said to Simon Peter,

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren. Luke 22:31-34 NIV

Like Peter, if we follow His word, we will come out, more whole than when we enter the chaos lying before us. We will turn again.

As we stand in faith, Jesus intercedes on our behalf. It is because he is our mediator that Standing6 Firmwe can put on the Armor of God and stand. We cannot do it on our own and we cannot mediate for others. We are in a Principality War and Christ is mediating or interceding on our behalf, and for those who are yet to be saved. It is different from our attempts to quell the onslaught of the evil one.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when Standing4 Armorthe day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm. Ephesians 6:13-14 NIV

“Christ’s intercession for us is quite different from our intercession for one another: he intercedes as having merited what he asks for us. Whereas we intercede for our brethren, merely as expressing our good-will toward them. We, depraved and guilty sinners, could not rejoice that there is a God, were there not a Mediator also; one who stands between God and men, to reconcile man to God, and to transact the whole affair of our salvation.” (Benson Notes. BibleHub.com)

Our charge is to share the Good News, the Word of God in the midst of chaos, just as the disciples did they were stoned and spat upon when they were put in jail and run out of cities. Our vision and knowledge must align with biblical truths now more than ever before. Why, because the master marketer, Satan, is afoot. Deception is how he causes us to fall. I encourage everyone to be attentive to how you pray, and how you read and interpret the Bible as you read. Satan and his false prophets know the Bible and spiritual warfare1twist God’s Word to deceive us.

If we are successful at reading the Bible, understanding scripture and praying according to the Word, then we will be able to stand, and walk (in hand with our Mediator) away from being sifted stronger than when we entered it. 

Other Posts on this site that relate to this topic:

>Second Guessing God, Self Deception
>Satan Cycles Our Experiences
>We Live in Spiritual Warfare Terrain, AKA  the Battleground
>Disrupt Your Nature
>Horses, Blinders, Distractions
>Rotating Sphere, Depiction of the Chaos in Life
>Do Not Fear, Do Not Be Afraid
>This is the Day the Devil Must Flee

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TODAY WE PROCLAIM CHANGE

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Today is a great day to acknowledge our sins to God and the iniquity we have hidden. Today we proclaim change.

Sin blocks our fellowship with God. It keeps us from experiencing His goodness.

As humans we often repeat the sins that have been forgiven. We feel discouraged because we have difficulties overcoming them and feel we have failed. We fear we have lost fellowship with God. Good news, God is a God of many chances.

This is the day we free ourselves. Ask God to apply His forgiveness one more time and receive His mercy, this time with conviction.

Confession spiritually cleans our hearts. This is the day we proclaim victory over our sins and enter fellowship with our Lord. We will no longer carry unconfessed sin in our hearts allowing it to keep us weak, discouraged, and miserable.

“Be Glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous; shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Ps 32:11)

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Reference – Charles Stanley, Life Principles Bible, Ps 32

Thank God For Daily Mercies

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Good Morning,

Thank God, His mercies are renewed everyday. Our actions are covered everyday. We do not have to worry about them piling up and being buried by them. We can repent of the day and know we are forgiven. Keep having good thoughts, and doing positive deeds, and for those moments when thoughts or actions don’t align with Christ, repent, ask for immediate forgiveness.

God’s compassion never fails. Today’s mercies cover this day, and faith that tomorrow’s unseen mercies will be sufficient for that day. Do not carry woes, anxieties, and concerns into the upcoming day. Release them, give them to God through repentance and begin each day believing in new mercies.

In faith we are strong.

Two passages of scripture sum up how God frees us.

  • Lamentation 3:22-23

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassion’s  fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  • Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Think about these passages as you go through your day. Before I retired I often thought of and recited them to myself, it is freeing and a reminder that God is ever-present, and covers us each and every day. Oh, and yes, I still recite them to myself and will as long as I am alive.

Mary and Martha as Archetypes

Mary and Martha can be seen as archetypes. We possess both archetype personalities, that of Mary and Martha. Martha, who invited Jesus to stay at her and her sisters home, scurried around preparing the house and meal. She was practical and efficient. There is nothing wrong following custom unless it becomes a problem. She placed doing things before God. We need to be alert and recognize when we are distracted.

Mary broke custom to sit at Jesus’ feet. She knew that custom would adversely affect the result of spending time with Jesus. She later did not spare cost and poured expensive oil, spikenard, on Jesus’ feet to wash them and dried them with her hair, demonstrating intimacy and reverence.

While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:38-41, ESV

Martha also sat by Jesus, but only after she completed her tasks. There was a level of trepidation involved in her steps. Jesus told her not to worry or be troubled.

There are several takeaways from this story. Mary made a conscious decision between the two options, to help her sister or sit at Jesus’ foot. Today take time to study this: living a Christlike life is a radical way of life. We can either sit at Jesus’ feet and experience his love for us and learn from Him like Mary, or scurry around busily like Martha and miss the calmness He provides that reduces and eliminates worry, anxiety, and fear. We have to make choices every day, do we take time to seek our Lord and Savior or stay busied secondary things. Matthew 6:33 tells us that Jesus is clear about our choices and shared, we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

But Martha, though posed to follow custom when she noticed Mary was sitting down at the foot of Jesus, went to God in prayer. Jesus responded, do not worry or be troubled. The point is that Martha still loved Christ, still revered Him and called upon Him. Both knew and loved the Lord. We love the Lord as well. Our choices will determine if we acknowledge Him as being more important to us than life itself and not letting the ‘good part’ that cannot be taken from us or miss daily opportunities to spend time with our Lord. The things we seek before Christ will pass away, the Word of God will live in us and direct us throughout time. 

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Seek God’s Strength

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God reiterates throughout the Bible, seek me and I will give you strength. This is not a suggestion, but rather His covenant with you; He promises that He will be with you from everlasting to everlasting.

If you seek Him, call on Him in prayer, He will respond by giving you the strength to see your way through.

What should we seek?

1) Seek His mercy and grace.
2) Seek strength for His Service. His power is made perfect in our weakness.
3) Seek His Face, meaning Seek His presence.

God will never forsake us or leave us if we establish a reverential relationship with Him. He is everlasting in good times and harder times. The scripture says, glory in His Holy Name, think of this as sitting in the sun, in the grass on a warm day. It is during these moments that we rejoice in His presence because we feel His love and his warmth.  In the midst of this calm, we feel the strength of the sun just as we feel His strength. Visualizing this depiction of sitting with the Lord in the warm sun will revive you when you are in good times and when you are wary, questioning, and having difficult moments.

Remember this feeling when it seems God is not present. There are moments when He is quiet or we cannot hear Him. The warmth of His presence will see you through.

“Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Look to the Lord for his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.”

Note: King David wrote 1 Chronicles.

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Worried and Troubled About Many Things

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“And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:41‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

How many of us stay busy because we believe it means we are doing the Lord’s work? I can raise my hand, guilty as charged. Luke 10 is about two sisters, Martha and  Mary. The two women learned that Jesus was going to visit their home. This immediately set an expectation that they had to ready the house, at least that is what Martha thought. On the other hand, Mary thought – what an opportunity. When he arrived, she perched herself at Jesus’ foot breathing in His every word, loving the feeling of his presence. Depending upon where we are in life, we will become a Martha or Mary. But, the Lord is not asking us to prepare things for or around him. The Lord does not want us to worry, or fret over the issues that surround us. He wants us to still ourselves, feel his love, and spend time in His Holy Presence.

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Like Martha we become distracted. We lose sight of the purpose, our dependence upon the Lord, and our desire to listen to Him, learn the practicality of the Word and then share the Good News. But, we are not wholly Martha, we also embrace the wonderment of Mary, waiting to serve, listen and learn.

We are told in John 15, the Lord is the true vine and God is the vinedresser. The vine cannot bear fruit by itself. In other words, we cannot bear fruit by ourselves. Without sitting at the Lords’ feet, we will wither. We need to be still and listen, and not become distracted by the things around us. The scripture reads, “He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” The Holy Spirit must dwell in us. It is His blood that flows through our veins, our heart, and our soul. The scripture further shares, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered. Mary scurried about during the visit reading the house, preparing a meal, and doing all of the ceremonial things. Her sister Mary wanted more of Jesus. She wanted to breathe Him in, be a student of his Word and spend as much time as possible with Him; food was not important, a clean home was not important, spending time at the foot of our Lord was all that mattered. She knew she would be stronger for it, that sharing her story about what she learned that day with others would bear fruit.

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When we feel the urge to become busy rather than sit still, it is more than a tick, it is a red alert.

Mary and Martha clearly loved Christ; we can gain more from this story, we can look at this in the scope of Spiritual Warfare. When we feel the Mary-Martha tug, we should acknowledge that it is often the devil trying to distract us and delay us from spending time with the Lord. His purpose is to kill, steal,  and destroy. He wants to kill our relationship with the Lord, steal our time with the Lord and destroy our hope to reach heaven.

Like so many, I try to stay alert. I know spending time with the Lord every day is imperative, yet there are times when I become enveloped in the stuff around me. But as the scripture says, only one thing is needed, not the fluff and circumstance, only one thing, to spend quality time with the Lord.

In the end, we must ask ourselves when we are falling into oblivion, who do we belong to, where do we reside?  Do we respond to Jesus’ invitation like Martha or like Mary? Will we wither or bear fruit?

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