Saturday, July 31, 2021

Overcoming Temptation 🍏

Temptation comes in so many forms. It's easy to excuse our decisions and justify ourselves. While is true that the enemy is roaming the earth seeking people to destroy; it is also true that as Christians we have the Holy Spirit in times of trouble and doubt. Who is responsible when we give into temptation or lose control? The Bible has many scriptures to help us understand the fact that we all face temptations but; we are not to blame God.  Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 

 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (James 1:13 NKJV).

Let's remember that we are not alone.  We've all occasionally fallen for a lie, whether it was something as trival as false advertisement or as serious scams that had many questioning "where is your God" (Psalm 46). Have you ever try taking a short cut? Ironically, that shortcut became the longest route. Have you ever cheated on a school/ college test? Cheating had consequently cause you to end up with a failing grade or even repeating the semester. Have you lied on your taxes to make more money and ended up paying more? Have you ever lie to your children? Yes, God does seems far away at times in the materialistic and hostile world we live in. We will encounter those who flatly deny God's existence. Satan's first move was to convince Eve to doubt God's promises. Do Not rush the process. Worship in the hallway,  clap for those who pass until its your turn. Be faithful to your God. Be patient. Never stop praying because miracles happens everyday. "Jesus says", “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Let go and let God. We often try to help God and mess up his plans. Wait for your miracle and don't give up. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.( Hebrews 2:18 NKJV). It is better to be right with God than to settle for the materialistic things of this world. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? (Mark 8:36). Therefore, let us all submit to God and resist the devils lies. Next time you are face with temptation remember the "psalmist said": Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. (Psalms 43:5 NKJV). For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10 NKJV)

~Next time you are facing a two way road and in doubt, choose Jesus over satans lies. Sin always has repercusión. Ask yourself if the temporary gratification of a wrong choice is worth suffering the consequences that are sure to follow. 

~Pastora Madeline Alvarez, RN🦋

My help comes from the Lord

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