After we have made the firm decision to serve God wholeheartedly and refrain from sinning against Him, we will still experience temptation in our lives. James says that we are tempted when we are drawn away and enticed by our own lusts and desires. (James 1:14)

 

         It’s clear from Scripture that Satan makes use of these natural lusts and desires. He tries to get us to disobey God’s will, by offering things that appeal to us naturally: honor, riches or self-satisfaction. He even tempted Jesus, trying to get Him to give into egotism, pride and self-seeking.  But, for each temptation Jesus faced, He had a counterattack.  And every single counterattack involved God’s Word.  “Jesus said to him, ‘It is written again, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”’” And further, He says, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve’” Matthew 4:1—11.

 

        Do you also have a counterattack for every temptation that you face in life?  Do you fill yourself with God’s Holy Word? Paul writes, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”  Ephesians 6:17.  T he Bible, God’s Word, is a weapon. It is a sword that gives us power and authority to overcome in the midst of temptation.  Why not pick up this sword today?

July 20 - Nehemiah 13 
July 21 - Malachi 1 
July 22 - Malachi 2

July 23 - Malachi 3
July 24 - Malachi 4

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