The Bible study my class is using this session, Seek God First, has been so perfect for all we go through on a daily basis. I am always amazed at how God meets us where we are. We are doing week six, "Don’t Tempt Me." My favorite devotional book is My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Three days this week, September 17, 18 & 19, have been devoted to the subject of temptation. If you have this book, I encourage you to read these three days.
I have used this same devotional book since 1984 and I have recorded significant events in my life on the specific day with the year beside it. Today’s devotional, September 19th, was the day that our family went back to the bay after Hurricane Ike destroyed our home on Galveston Bay, September 13, 2008. Look what I read that day,
“You are those who have stood by me in my trials.” Luke 22:28 Here is a portion from September 19th - “Watch when God shifts your circumstances, and see whether you are going with Jesus or siding with the world, the flesh and the devil? We wear His badge but are we going with Him? We have this idea that we ought to shield ourselves from some of the things God brings round us. Never! God engineers circumstances and whatever they may be like, we have to see that we face them while continually abiding with Him in His temptations. They are His temptations, not temptations to us, but temptations to the life of the Son of God in us”.
Do you see how perfect this devotion was for me that day?
Are you facing temptations to the life of the Son of God in you this week? Our group has endeavored to not eat sugar for the entire seven days this week. Whether we have done it thus far and are looking forward to continuing strong over the weekend or have already eaten sugar and need to get back on the horse, our God is the God of beginning again and He wants to help us to a life of victory in Him.
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