Devotional words

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“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has, even to subject all things to Himself.”
“… so stand firm in the Lord.”
“Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men.”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all
comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
let your mind dwell on these things.”
– The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians


*Topic: Overcoming Temptation*

*‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.’ Matthew 26:41 NKJV*

*Why did Jesus tell His disciples, ‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’? Because He knows that without the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we’re not equal to the temptations that come our way.*

*Jesus didn’t doubt the disciples’ love for Him or their willingness to serve Him, but He knew they couldn’t do it in their own strength. And you can’t either. When you fight the flesh in the power of the flesh, you end up fighting yourself—and you lose every time.*

*Note the words ‘lest you enter into temptation.’ You’ll never be exempt from temptation, but you don’t have to ‘enter into’ it. Indeed, your regenerated spirit can’t ‘enter into’ it because sin has no appeal to it. But your unregenerated ‘flesh’ will always be attracted to sin.*

*And becoming a Christian increases the frequency, variety, and intensity of the temptations you face. Why? Because Satan, ‘the tempter’, doesn’t give up control easily. He will fight you constantly, and on different fronts. The Bible speaks of ‘manifold temptations.’ (1 Peter 1:6 KJV) The word ‘manifold’ means there are ‘many kinds’ of temptation.*

*What’s the answer? ‘Manifold grace’! (1 Peter 4:10 KJV) The moment temptation rears its head, and before you have time to ‘enter into’ it, draw on God’s grace. How do you do that? Jesus said, ‘Watch and pray.’ The Living Bible says, ‘Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you.’*

*Sheep don’t have the strength or skill to overcome the wolf. But they have the strategy! They just draw close to the Shepherd and He deals with the wolf.*

Acts 18–19, Luke 9:37–45, Ps 42:6–11, Pro 16:17–19

_*Good Morning and Have a Blissful weekend*_

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