No matter how powerful it seems, you need not give in to temptation. God always provides you with an escape hatch. When temptation pulls at you, turn your eyes to Jesus. Replace that tempting object with him, and you will not fall.
Jesus can help us when temptation strikes because he has walked a mile in our shoes. He knows how strongly sin attracts us but because he never fell prey to it. He can effectively show us how to resist even the strongest enticement. The biggest mistakes we make are not calling on him and not persistently seeking his powerful and when Satan repeatedly lures us into sin. Let us ask Jesus for help.
Sometimes we don’t feel freed from sin. Temptations draw us, even though we love Jesus. So his words here can be both comforting and challenging. The Jews wanted to trust in their spiritual history, not God. That plan didn’t work well for them, and it won’t work for us, either. We can’t reply on history or our past deeds to put sin behind us. What will work is leaning on Jesus everyday, trusting him to make us free indeed.
God does not draw us into temptation. He is holy, unable to tempt anyone into wrongdoing. The attraction to sin comes from within us, because our evil desires lead us toward sin. When we face situations that encourage our own wickedness, they are not designed by God to make us fall. Instead, they provide opportunities to turn to him and progressively turn away from iniquity. No evil within us is so great that God is not greater still.
If you are feeling surrounded by temptations know that God hasn’t forgotten you. He knows how to protect his children from harm and offers his wisdom to his children. Maybe you need to avoid places that could lead you into sin-that may mean taking an action such as finding a new job or new friends. When God is trying to protect you, don’t resist. Sin is never better than knowing him.
Psalm 136 reminds us to be thankful. It reminds us of the wonders of God’s power and his enduring love. The God who protected Israel watches over you, too. Even when there may be little in your life to rejoice about, you can always delight in him. Give thanks to God. He has not forgotten you-his love endures forever.
A believer thanks God for loving him and tearing him from the claws of original sin; a man of faith recognizes that God saves him everyday, whenever he is in trouble. God does this in your life, too. He is working on salvation in your life now and for that you need to offer him thanks.
Even in eternity, you will be thanking God. The appreciation of God’s mercy by his people never stops. Without his grace, we would be forever separated from him, lost in the cares of sin and a hellish existence. The bliss of heavenly eternity could not be our inheritance. Find the words to thank Jesus now and show him your love. Maybe it’s time to get started on your eternal appreciation of your Lord.
Strong christians are thankful christians. As we realize all Jesus has sacrificed for us and appreciate our ability to live the christian life on our own, we remember to praise our Saviour for his grace. Today, we can be rooted in Jesus, strong in our faith, and thankful to the one who has given us these blessings. Let’s overflow with appreciation.
We respond to thankfulness with our hearts. It is important to thank God. Because he will always be merciful to you whether you rejoice easily or hit the floor with a thud, if you have trusted in the Saviour, he still loves you. That is something wonderful to give thanks for.