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January 7, 2010

Temptation

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In the mall recently, my eyes read the shirt of a young man.  “Lead me not into temptation . . . I can find it on my own!”  Boy, did my mind begin to scurry around with that. And I share some of my thoughts  I had at  that moment.  Sharing my immediate thoughts might be helpful to you.

I don’t think we ever have to go looking for temptation.  It is always there.  There is no way to escape temptation.  Our biggest problem is that when it comes around, we invite it in.  As one said, “Temptation may come around, but it is your fault if you invite it in for dinner.”

Temptation can destroy so much in such a short time.  It can ruin a reputation, a marriage, a life.  I cannot begin to cite the multitude of individuals that have come to my office through the years with a situation that was destroying that life and the life of the family.  Most of those destructive situations had been the result of a yielding to temptation.

For those Biblically indoctrinated, we understand that being tempted is common to everyone.  The temptation is not sin, but the yielding to it.  And we need to understand that temptation is not necessarily an outward act.  Temptations in our thought patterns and attitude prevail upon us constantly. 

We must arm ourselves for a lifetime of temptation.  Some may feel that as we age, temptations come less often.  One senior adult said, “I don’t worry much anymore about temptation, it doesn’t come around very much anymore.”  It may be that such a one is simply considering temptation as an act or conduct.  But  temptation never lets up at any age. It may  simply be a temptation that leads to  envy, bitterness, selfishness, and a myriad of other thoughts.  Acting upon those temptations is contrary to God’s expectation of us.

This is not a treatise or sermon on temptation.  It is only those thoughts that came to me as I reflected for a few minutes on that shirt.  Realizing that I will never get too old to be free of temptation, I must be constantly on guard. We never get too old for our reputation or character to be marred.  Temptation may be the most major enemy we face all our life.

I do know how to protect myself.  Not a protection from the temptation, but the yielding.  I am so blessed that I have a Strength that can encourage and equip me to win over any temptation.  I have the Source, but I  must constantly allow Him to answer the door when temptation comes knocking!

And Who is this Source?

“No temptation has seized you except what is common o 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.  (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13)

Lawson

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2 Comments »

  1. All that from a tee-shirt?! Good stuff! thanks

    Comment by jjr, mo — January 8, 2010 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Lawson, this is Dudley Henry and I have been enjoying your comment and thoughts the last few days. I just happen to be passing by my study the other night and Mary was on the computer reading something. I asked her what she was reading and she informed me that you had a website and I ought to look at it. I have been reading it each day since then. Thanks for the encouragement I receive each and when I read your comments. See you later, Duds!

    Comment by Mary Henry — January 12, 2010 @ 7:47 pm | Reply


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