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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Ennis Smith

James 5:12 (NIV)Above all, my brothers, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.

How many times do we let ourselves down? How many times do we disappoint the ones we love? Each year, millions of people make new-year resolutions destined to failure. Every day, parents make promises to children but renege, for a myriad of reasons. We make promises we have no real intention of keeping. Each broken promise diminishes our trust in ourselves. When we lose trust, we lose faith.

James tells us to keep it simple. Promises are not necessary, to bind a decision into action. We need to have a transformation in our way of thinking. Romans 12:2 says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The power of “Yes” should become the binding word. Conversely, the power of “No” should also be a definitive answer. Anything other than “yes” or “no” is the work of the evil one.

The world teaches us, it is perfectly okay to recant on a promise, because they’re broken every day. But, as Christians, we need to hold ourselves to higher standards. Jesus never had to promise anything. His word was his bond. When He said “Yes,” it was done. When He spoke “No,” it was undone. Today, let your “Yes” and “No” speak to the truth of your character. Let these small words prove your trustworthiness.

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Temptation – Be Gone!


1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Temptation – the devil’s strongest tool. He will woe you and seduce with the pleasures of the flesh. He provides the justification that will allow you to succumb to your most selfish desires. He will also abandon, torment and delight in your distress when you realize that the pleasure led you to an ultimate pain and a gnawing guilt.

We have all been tempted several times and will be tempted again and again. The stronger we grow as a Christian however the less we are likely to give into temptation. We develop the tools to fight it, we learn the word of God and it is our strongest weapon. Prayer is the conduit to our Commander and Chief – our loving Father who will give us the power to resist and gain victory each and every battle. He said that He would always provide a way out of every temptation. We only have to call on Him. When we feel the urge to give in, we can strongly and firmly pronounce “Flee from thee!” and the Devil will flee. You will actually feel the release from temptation.

Jesus himself was led into the wilderness and tempted by the Devil. He relied upon God’s word to free him from Satan’s stronghold. You must always be vigilant, you must be strong even in your weakest moment, and remember you are never alone.

Matthew 4:1 (ESV)

The Temptation of Jesus

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

The Lord’s Prayer is an excellent prayer that will serve as a shield against sin. We pronounce that we want to be led not into temptation but delivered from evil. It is a prayer worth saying each and every morning before you start your day. It can be used in times of indecision and weakness to strengthen your resolve. Pray often and walk in faith, the Lord will fight your battles.

Matthew 26:41 (ESV)

41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

If you do give into temptation, remember God loves you unconditionally. Quickly confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness. Read the scriptures and prepare yourself by making yourself strong in Christ. Humbly make amends to those you have hurt and pray for their forgiveness through Christ. Temptation is sneaky, sly and comes quickly into our lives, prepare yourself today and you can easily resist and be the blessing He has created you to be. Always know that God is on your side, Christ lives within you and you are God’s child today, tomorrow and forever!

Luke 4:13 English  (ESV)

13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.