In today’s society it’s very easy to get entangled with the pleasures of this world! There are so many things that entice us into doing what the world says is OK, but as far as God is concerned they are wrong! These things will keep us separated from Him! “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” – 1 John 2:16 (NKJV) the devil loves to use these lusts of the flesh to entice us and keep us from serving God! He will do whatever he can to keep us away from what is good and pleasing to The Lord!
We can read in the bible that Jesus was tempted many times by Satan and the lusts of the flesh. Jesus was given many opportunities to accept these temptations, but He rejected them time and time again! And the way that He rejected them was by referencing God’s word and repeating the scriptures. He overcame the enemy by refusing each temptation with scripture references and the devil departed from Him! We need to follow His example by putting on the Lord Jesus Christ, and making no provisions for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts! We need to keep in God’s word daily by reading the Bible and memorizing the scriptures. Keep them close to our hearts so when the devil strikes and the lusts become apparent, we can defend ourselves by the word of God! The devil will depart from us! We will overcome! “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” – James 4:7 (NKJV)
You are almighty! You are the strong tower that we can run to! Your word is our only defense from keeping the lusts of the flesh, and the lusts of the devil away! Help us to put on the full armor of protection! Steer our path straight, keep us in the direction of you! Fill us with your Holy Spirit daily; give us the strength we need to overcome! Give us the wisdom to see right from wrong! And Help us discern your presence not just when we need you but all the time! In this world, we need you all the time! We need your son Jesus Christ by our side! Thank you Father for giving us your son and the word that keeps us safe and keeps us in the direction of what is good and far from evil! Father you are great indeed! Thank you for all that you do! In Jesus’ name we pray amen!
Craig L Bradshaw Jr – July 15, 2013