© by Joyce C. Lock
Have you ever stumped your toe and the most fowl words hung on the tip of your tongue? Maybe when a gorgeous babe walked by, you caught them checking you out. Perhaps the dry cleaners ruined your outfit and a few choice words came to mind. Suppose a check was delivered to you in the mail, by mistake. Consider if someone set out to hurt you and the perfect opportunity arose to get even.
Have you ever found yourself in a position where, if you just keep your mouth shut, you'll receive the credit? Perhaps you observe the keys in another's car. Maybe you're in a different town where no one would notice you visiting the local bar. Or, you're on vacation at the beach, where church members will never see how you dress.
Have you ever been tempted when a store clerk doesn't notice the extra item in your cart? Maybe you think a tranquilizer really would calm your nerves. Suppose you ran across a girly magazine and it kept saying, "Just one look." Sometimes, that's all it takes.
Satan couldn't tempt us if there wasn't some small secret part in us that wanted the temptation. The same advise we give our children works for us. Just say, "No."
When we come to the place we no longer want the temptation, we don't want that path, we know it will hurt us, and we wish the temptation to forever go away ... then God says, "Your wish is my command" (or like meaning words).
Instead of asking God to help "us" with our temptation (works - II Ti. 1:9) we can ask Him to forever remove it. Committing it to God makes Him the Divine Keeper (II Ti. 1:12, I Pe. 4:19). What God does is a done deal! And, that's a load off our backs.
He made a way to escape (I Co. 10 :13). Now, that's Good News!
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.