On Sunday mornings my preaching ministry has focused on the life of Joseph and a few of the scoundrels surrounding him. Joseph is an outstanding character and any person would be wise to do as well as Joseph in all seasons. He, with Paul, knew what it is like to be rich and then poor, to be hurt to the soul and to freely forgive from the heart.
We are told in the Bible in 2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
In spite of many admonitions in the scripture to flee temptation, we humans are often drawn to it like a moth to a flame. The temptation may take on many forms, a woman/man, a chance to take undue advantage of a business partner, or neighbor, but temptation is a part of life.
There are numbers of ways to win over temptations. For me the wisest one is given above to Timothy. Other methods are given for the situation when fleeing is not available as in the Temptation of Christ using the written Word of God. Another method is given in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
“Few speed records are broken when people are running from temptation.
The unstated secret is humbling; to overcome temptation you must want to.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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