May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! May I encourage you to read the whole devotional, and look for a blessing, friend!………
Today’s Bible Reference: James 1:12–14
Today’s Bible Text: God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.
The Bible Translation: New Living Translation (NLT)
My Take Away: We tests aspects of life every day to prove whether it’s parameters are properly maintained, and whether we are truly bound by the parameters we have been told. For example, we are often tempted to procrastinate and push the limits on time restraints. Whether it’s a getting up challenge, or a lunch period or even a driving to work challenge. We believe that we could push ourselves for an extra 5 or 10 minutes of personal time and still be where we need to be on time. We often break the speed limit driving, because we convince ourselves that no one is pulled over for driving just 5 mph over the posted limits. So we are tempted to speed with hopes that it will gain the few minutes we lost in our delayed departure. James has reminded us in this passage today that temptations will come, but that we should never pull God into the picture and assume that He is tempting us, for He is never tempted to do wrong, nor would He tempt us. Instead James points us to the source of our temptation – our sinful, prideful, boastful selves. So how do we deal with this problem of temptation? Our words and our actions are inspired by all that is within us. If we fill ourselves with the things of God, we will understand more clearly the mind of Christ and the perfect will of the Father, and our decisions will flow based on all that the Spirit of God leads us to do or say. If we reflect on a decision we made, or perhaps a scenario where we conceded to temptation, then we have an obligation to our Father to seek His forgiveness, and draw ourselves even closer to Him so that our ongoing decisions will be influenced by Him. Be reminded friend, that when you are tempted to do wrong, it is sourced from our own evil desires, so let’s quickly get the ‘source’ cleaned up to avoid a further erosion of our faith and witness.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the example You set before us when the Devil thought that he would tempt You. Your Word is a light unto our path and contains the strength to protect us in every aspect of life. Lord, may we be found faithful in all circumstances of life, especially in those areas where it appears like no one else will notice. May we keep the temple of Your Holy Spirit so pure and filled, that our lives will overflow with Your goodness and have a strong determination to let You rule, and overrule all personal decisions that may be powered by temptation. May You be the victor in all things, so that others may recognize you and be drawn to You, Heavenly Father.
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