Daily Archives: July 22, 2019

July 22 Dealing with Temptation

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:11–13

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Imagine yourself standing in the middle of a blazing forest fire. Flames leap from above, rise from below, and dance back and forth on all sides. You are scared, breathless, and certain that all is lost. Then you notice a clear, fire-free path that leads from where you are standing to a spot out of harm’s way. What do you do? Well, you run like crazy down the safe path, of course!

How would you respond to someone who says, “You know, I’d rather just jump headlong into the fire and see what happens”? We would not be able to understand! Why on earth would someone choose to run toward danger and refuse to take advantage of a clear way of escape?

When we face temptation, it is like standing in the middle of a forest fire. Danger beckons from all sides, inviting us to jump into the fray. The problem, though, is that the fire looks inviting in these situations. Not only does the danger seem moot, but it actually appears to be a source of joy.

Joy never results from giving into temptation. Surrendering to the tempter only brings heartache and sin. Fortunately, God has promised that He will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear; He always provides a way of escape. If you would run from fire, then it is only reasonable that you would flee from temptation; the only difference between the two is that temptation is more dangerous.

Lord, Your truth has shown me that yielding to temptation is like willingly running into a forest fire. Give me the strength to turn my back on those things that tempt me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 213). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

4 Ways to Take Your Thoughts Captive | Lies Young Women Believe

by Liza Proch | 7/22/19

Picture this . . .

It was springtime, and the streets were quiet. From the king’s elevated balcony, there wasn’t much movement to be seen. No wonder, since most of the men of the city had gone out to fight in battle. He decided not to go. Maybe he was tired. He’d fought so many battles in his time. Didn’t he deserve a little rest?

On a hot day, he got up and started to pace. The sun was glaring, and as he turned his eyes away from its blaze, he noticed a glint of sunlight from a rooftop, a reflection coming from a pool of water. And then he saw her: Bathsheba. His thoughts raced, but instead of reigning them in and turning away, he called for her. He made the biggest mistake of his life.

If you’re familiar with the story above, you know that after King David saw Bathsheba bathing on the roof, he made her come to his palace, and soon after she announced that she was pregnant with the king’s child. To cover his tracks, David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle.

First, he saw her.

Then, he lusted in his mind.

Finally, he acted, committing adultery, which led to murder.

We can’t change history (and wouldn’t want to, since God used all of David’s mistakes in His redemptive plan), but let’s just imagine that David hadn’t given into his thought to stay home from battle. He never would have been in a situation to see Bathsheba bathing or would have had all that free time on his hands to bring her up to the palace! Even if he stayed home, what if the minute he saw her, instead of instantly lusting after her, he had turned away? What if, instead of summoning her, he went inside and prayed for God to help him resist temptation?

Have you ever thought about thoughts? Have you pondered, Wow, I have this thing in my head called a brain and it enables me to think, to weigh two decisions and come up with plans. The thoughts I think shape my whole life!

What we think about shapes who we are.

Listen to 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

We don’t have to live with impure or negative thoughts bouncing around in our head. Those thoughts don’t have to lead to action. Here are four ways to take your thoughts captive.

  1. Define them. Ask God to show you where your thought life is struggling (Ps. 139:23–24). Thoughts that we have to “take captive” aren’t necessarily “bad.” They may not be judgmental or unkind or lustful, but perhaps your thoughts are out of line with the truth of Scripture or God’s view of you. Sometimes it’s a “good” thought that is simply occupying too much of our time, distracting us from other, more important things. Think back over the last hour. Is there a thought that sticks out in your mind that’s been hanging around? Is it a healthy thought? Define the unwholesome thought process that led you there so you can capture it!
  1. Talk to yourself. In the Psalms, David often talks to himself. (Check out Psalm 103 for an awesome example of this!) Once we’ve defined our impure thoughts, we can capture them by talking to ourselves and reminding ourselves of God’s Truth. An awesome way to do that is by memorizing God’s Word. Then you always have it on hand when those thoughts start barging in again!
  1. Hand ’em over. We would be stranded if we had these thoughts “captured,” but had nowhere to ditch them. But instead, we have somewhere to lay them down. Jesus’ patience and kindness toward our constant thick-headedness never gives up. Lay those impure thought patterns at his feet and leave them there. How? Pray and tell the Lord you want to hand the thoughts over to Him. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut if our negative thoughts have become habitual, but with Jesus’ help we can make it out of that rut.
  1. Replace that space. If we don’t replace that impure thought with a pure one, there’s nothing to stop another impure one from jumping right into its place (Matt. 12:43–45). We don’t just “take every thought captive.” We also “set [our] mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). We have to revise our mindset to have a truly God-honoring thought life.


July 22 Unforgiveness

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14–19

Key Verse: 1 John 2:10

He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

The path to freedom from an unforgiving spirit runs straight through the cross of Christ. When He died, forgiveness for man’s sins—all of them—was provided.

When we receive Jesus through faith, we no longer should hold grudges or seethe over injustices. Christ Jesus has forgiven us. We are called to extend His forgiveness—even to our enemies. We did nothing to earn our forgiveness. Then we cannot make others earn our forgiveness, which may be the tool used by Jesus Christ to demonstrate His unconditional love to believer and nonbeliever alike.

Because of the Cross and Christ’s presence in your life through the Holy Spirit, you have the supernatural capacity to extend His forgiveness. As a new creation in Christ, you are not a prisoner to your old habits of revenge and retaliation. Christ in you is your hope (Col. 1:27).

The love of God will not allow you to keep bitterness and resentment in your heart and still enjoy His fellowship. Now is the time to boldly forgive the one who has hurt you, not in your power but in the full forgiveness provided by the Lord Jesus Christ for every person at Calvary.

Lay your burden down. Let God’s love flow through you, and then watch Him work.

Almighty God, thank You for forgiving me. Now give me the supernatural ability to extend forgiveness to those who hurt me. Let Your love flow through me to others.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 213). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Lawsuit brings murder of DNC staffer back into spotlight

A former Fox news contributor is suing media outlets who accused him of spinning conspiracy theories over leaked emails from the Democrats. Ed Butowsky had suggested former staffer at the Democratic National Committee Seth Rich passed on sensitive information to Wikileaks.

Students Slam Obama Immigration Quote… When They Think It’s From Trump | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Cabot Phillips via Campus Reform,

President Donald Trump announced that he would use ICE to track down and deport illegal aliens who have been convicted of a crime.

The move prompted outrage from many on the Left who accused the practice of being anti-immigrant and unprecedented.

Proponents of the move pointed out this week that President Barack Obama gave his support to the same policy when he was in office and bragged of deportations of criminals having increased 80 percent during his tenure.

In 2014, Obama gave an immigration address from the White House, in which he said:

We are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the past six years deportations of criminals are up 80 percent, and that’s why we’re going to keep focusing on threats to our security.

Wanting to know what college students would think of this quote and whether Obama was “racist” for wanting to deport illegal aliens convicted of a crime, Campus Reform‘s Cabot Phillips headed to Georgetown University to find out.

After being told the quote came from “a president,” students offered near-universal condemnation for it, as well as the policy of deporting criminals.

“I think that policy comes from a place of white American nationalism,” one said, before another added, “Donald Trump has embraced this rhetoric of racism and xenophobia that’s not beneficial to our country at all.”

“I don’t think that quote stands true,” another stated.

“It’s just really awful.”

After gathering their responses, Phillips played each student the video of Obama’s speech, showing them he was the president the quote belonged to.

“I thought it was the Trump administration that said something like that,” one bewildered student said, while another agreed, saying “I didn’t expect it to be Obama… it never occurred to me that it could be him.”

“It’s quite surprising. I thought that was from Trump,” another said.

My understanding of Obama vs Trump is that Obama was more liberal as far as amnesty… I expected that quote to come from Trump.

One student said it reminded him how hypocritical many politicians have become:

“One person can say something five years ago and next thing you know it doesn’t apply to them anymore and they can now be the morality police for whoever is in office now.”

What did the others have to say? 

Watch the full video to find out…

Source: Students Slam Obama Immigration Quote… When They Think It’s From Trump

Trump Blasts ‘The Squad’ — ‘Racist … Inexperienced … Not Very Smart’ — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump is tripling down in his battle with “The Squad.”

The president blasted four “progressive” Democratic lawmakers last weekend: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Since then, he’s kept the hammer down.

On Monday, he took to Twitter to once again rip the four women who have dubbed themselves “The Squad.”

“The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border… And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president’s tweet came after a video emerged of Tlaib being thrown out of a 2016 Trump event after causing a disturbance. Looking deranged, Tlaib shouts to Trump supporters: “You guys are crazy!”

Donald Trump Jr., ripped that one over the weekend.

Trump also hit the lawmakers over the past weekend. “I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!”

RELATED: MUST SEE: THREE VIDEOS That Prove Radical Squad Leader Rashida Tlaib Is A Violent Lunatic With Unchecked Anger Issues

via Trump Blasts ‘The Squad’ — ‘Racist … Inexperienced … Not Very Smart’ — The Gateway Pundit

Trump Should Stop Taking God’s Name in Vain, Say His Supporters — Pulpit & Pen

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).

As Ben Shapiro regularly points out, one should view the POTUS through the lens of “Good Trump, Bad Trump.” Sometimes he does good things, and we should call them good. Sometimes he does bad things, and we should call them bad. And asking that “God bless America” while repeatedly taking God’s name in vain is a bad thing.

Paul Hardesty is a Democrat, but he’s a Democrat from the conservative state of West Virginia, which means that he’s also a Trump supporter. Although being both a Democrat and a Trump supporter seem like mutually exclusive ideas, in some pockets of the Bible Belt, some conservatives have still inexplicably held onto their party affiliation. Hardesty is one of those. And Hardesty, in a recent letter sent to Trump, rebukes him for taking the Lord’s name in vain while acting in his official capacity as President of the United States.

Many evangelicals were also shocked and dismayed at Trump’s use of God’s name, but all evangelicals should be.

Hardesty wrote, “I have a real appreciation of your support for the coal industry and I thank you for that. I am, however, appalled by the fact that you chose to use the Lord’s name in vain on two separate occasions when you went off the prompter during your speech.”

Hardesty continued, “There is NO place in society — anywhere, anyplace and at anytime — where that type of language should be used or handled. Your comments were not presidential. I know in my heart that you are better than that.”

Trump had said in a speech…

“I said, ‘You don’t like me and I don’t like you. I never have liked you and you never have liked me. But you’re gonna support me because you’re a rich guy. If you don’t support me, you are going to be so [GD] poor, you are not going to believe it.”

Unfortunately, the crowd cheered rather than winced.

If Trump seeks to win the evangelical vote, and thereby win the 2020 presidential election, he should stop misusing the name of their God. And if Paula White, Ronnie Floyd, and Robert Jeffress are really advising the president, they should start with explaining blasphemy.

via Trump Should Stop Taking God’s Name in Vain, Say His Supporters — Pulpit & Pen

July 22 A Heavenly Perspective

Scripture reading: Matthew 14:28–31

Key verse: Matthew 21:21

Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

No one would deny the fact that faith is a battle. And at times we may feel as though we step forward to trust the Lord, only to stumble back several steps. As thoughts of doubt flood our minds, we wonder: What if _____ happens? What if God doesn’t do what He promised? Can I trust God even when I don’t feel that He is close to me?”

That was exactly where Peter found himself as he began to walk to Jesus across the stormy surface of the Sea of Galilee. As long as Peter’s gaze was on the Lord, the waves and the wind meant nothing to him.

However, the moment he thought of the magnitude of the storm, he began to doubt and sink. We encourage fear and disbelief when we interpret a situation in light of our own knowledge and without regard to God’s ability. What could have been a great moment of faith turned life-threatening as Peter caved in to thoughts of fear.

Another action that leads to increased anxiety is seeking the approval of others. A friend’s counsel is fine, but first make sure you know God’s will for your life. Many times another’s point of view will not line up with God’s. A heavenly perspective always leads to victory! All doubt is earmarked with discouraging lies of Satan. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Seek His will for your life through the light of His Word (Ps. 119:105).

Help me keep my eyes on You, Jesus, when faith is a battle. Give me the heavenly perspective that leads to victory.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 213). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

President Trump: ‘Mainstream Media is out of control,’ They ‘Constantly Lie’ — The Gateway Pundit

President Donald Trump is blasting the media once again after the Washington Post published an article that he says used “made up” sources.

The article that sparked the outrage referred to Trump’s tweets about “the Squad” as racist in the headline and claimed that advisers wrote talking points for him and handed him reams of opposition research on the four freshmen congresswomen.

“The Amazon Washington Post front-page story yesterday was total Fake News,” Trump tweeted. “They said ‘Advisors wrote new talking points and handed him reams of opposition research on the four Congresswomen.’ Now really, does that sound like me?”

“What advisors, there were no talking points except for those stated by me, & ‘reams of paper’ were never given to me. It is a made-up story meant to demean & belittle. The Post had no sources. The facts remain the same, that we have 4 Radical Left Congresswomen who have said very bad things about Israel & our Country,” Trump continued.

The tweet was referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley , and Rashida Tlaib — the members who make up “The Squad.”

President Trump didn’t stop with just the Post, however. He also took aim at the Mainstream Media as a whole.

“Mainstream Media is out of control. They constantly lie and cheat in order to get their Radical Left Democrat views out their for all to see. It has never been this bad. They have gone bonkers, & no longer care what is right or wrong. This large scale false reporting is sick!” he wrote. “Fake News Equals the Enemy of the People!”

via President Trump: ‘Mainstream Media is out of control,’ They ‘Constantly Lie’ — The Gateway Pundit