The confidence of being free from doubt or uncertainty; the state of being secure.
The new year has begun and we are one week under the swirl of new year’s resolutions; (lose weight, work out, stop smoking, have more fun, be nicer, more loving… etc.). Every year people make a list of all the self-improvements they are determined to make before the year ends. But I wonder how many people resolve to trust God more, or study the Word of God more.
With all the new resolutions the enemy is also on scene waiting to talk you down into frustration and defeat. He’s going to come at you from all sides and try to convince you that whatever is in front of you is not really for you. He will divert planes, create illness, pile on the temptation, and he will enlist people to come along to further discourage you. The enemy is determined to tempt us with sinful cravings, lust of the eyes, and boasting of what someone else has or is doing.
Remember the enemy’s purpose is to steal from us, kill, us and destroy us. When you sat praying as the year started, how did you plan to respond to the enemy? What will you say to him when he tells you how weak you are, or when he reminds you of all the other times your plans failed? Given the knowledge of what the enemy strives to do, we must be more careful, and more alert.
Having a good weapon to ward off the attacks is necessary for the year as it unfolds. You will find comfort in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation as seized you except what is common to man. And god is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” What this verse tells you is that whatever you are experiencing, is nothing new. Every challenge we face is the same challenge someone else has or is, facing. There are no new issues. The verse also tells us that when we are facing something seemingly overwhelming, God will provide a way for us to be victorious. He will provide resistance to the temptation to eat all the cookies, or sleep in instead of working out.
As children of God, we have victory over everything we are facing right now; 1 Corinthians is our guarantee. Let me now say, that God is not going to remove the temptation. He already knows the things that will tempt us, and knowing that, he has provided a way for us to win and be victorious. All we have to do is follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and do as instructed when we are facing temptation.
No matter what we believe when we are going through something, God is faithful. Staying in relationship with him will strengthen and protect us, II Thessalonians 3:3.
In the message on the assurance of answered prayer, we learned that we have whatever we ask for in the name of Jesus. So, when we are tempted, the first thing we need to do is pray. Next, make sure your bible study is getting a good work out. Go to God with confidence. When you are tempted, timidity only prolongs the process. Claim the victory; it is already yours. And lastly, resist, resist, resist. We say this all the time, but No, means No to the devil too. If you wouldn’t give in to a person, why would you give in to the enemy whom you already know only aims to destroy you?
ACTION: Stop and think about the temptations the enemy tries to seize you with.
ACTION: Write down what you think is the escape route provided by God.
Read and memorize:
Assurance of Answered Prayer – John 16:24
Assurance of Victory – I Corinthians 10:13
brought to you by Shaunna Jackson and SPEAKing Life Ministries