TEMPTATIONS ARE JUST THAT, TEMPTING. THEY ARE THINGS THAT APPEAL TO OUR SENSES, THAT IS WHY WE FALL FOR THEM. IF SINS WERE NOT APPEALING, WE WOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE FOLLOWING GOD BECAUSE WE WOULD NOT BE DISTRACTED FROM OUR WALK WITH GOD. ONCE WE CHOOSE TO FOLLOW GOD, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP OUR EYES ON THE PATH, AND THE LEADER. BUT INSTEAD, WE SEE SOMETHING OFF THE PATH THAT WE LIKE, SO WE GO TO IT, THEN WE SEE SOMETHING ELSE A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN, AND BEFORE WE KNOW IT, WE ARE SO FAR AWAY THAT WE CAN NOT SEE THE PATH WE WERE ON. GOD’S WAY DOES NOT APPEAL TO OUR FLESH – IT DOES APPEAL TO OUR SPIRIT, BUT OUR SPIRIT IS NOT IN FULL CONTROL (REMEMBER MY EARLIER DISCUSSION – THE SPIRIT IS OUR CONSCIENCE PROVIDING DIRECTION, BUT THE BODY DOES THE ACTUAL MOVING.). JUST AS THE BIBLE TELLS US IN MATTHEW 7:13-14
“ENTER YE IN AT THE STRAIT GATE: FOR WIDE IS THE GATE, AND BROAD IS THE WAY, THAT LEADETH TO DESTRUCTION, AND MANY THERE WILL BE WHICH GO IN THEREAT: BECAUSE STRAIT IS THE GATE, AND NARROW IS THE WAY, WHICH LEADETH UNTO LIFE, AND FEW THERE WILL BE THAT FIND IT.”
THERE ARE SO MANY OUT THERE THAT WILL FOLLOW THEIR FLESH, AND THAT IS WHY THE WAY IS WIDE, AND THERE ARE FEW WHO WILL FOLLOW THE TRUTH. GOD IS LEADING THE WAY, BUT WE ARE NOT LOOKING WHERE WE ARE GOING. WE GET DISTRACTED IN OURSELVES, AND FORGET TO FOLLOW OUR LEADER BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN. BUT, LUCKILY, OUR LEADER KNOWS WHERE WE LEFT THE PATH AND STANDS THERE WITH A LIGHT TO SHOW US THE RIGHT WAY BACK TO HIM. (EVER NOTICE THAT – YOU LEAVE THE RIGHT WAY AND FOLLOW SIN, AND FEEL A TUG TO GET YOU HEADING BACK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THAT IS GOD THERE WITH HIS LIGHT SHINING IN YOUR FACE TO GET YOUR ATTENTION AGAIN.) GOD IS PATIENT WITH US, AND, UNFORTUNATELY, HE HAS TO BE BECAUSE WE ARE VERY PRIDEFUL AND WANT TO DO IT OUR WAY NOT HIS (THERE IS THAT FAMILIAR THOUGHT PATTERN AGAIN, I GUESS THAT WOULD BE THE THEME OF THIS LETTER.)
God, I often get distracted and wander away from your path. Help me to stay focused on you and what is right. Lord, thank you for being patient with me when I do get distracted, gently pulling me back to you. It is what I need, and YOU are what I truly desire. Help my body realize that truth, the truth that YOU are what I truly desire. You provide all I need, you provide everything my heart wants, you are the source of all my goodness… THANK YOU. Lord, I want to pray now for your church, those believers in this world that are being persecuted for their belief in the one true God. I lift them up to you God, and ask you to protect them, keep them safe in your arms, and let them KNOW you are there in their midst. Thank you for all you do, did, and are doing for everything today, yesterday and in my future comes from you.