Daily Archives: July 23, 2019

July 23 Fleeing Temptation

Scripture Reading: James 4:7–10

Key Verse: Matthew 6:13

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

A popular response to temptation has made waves in the Christian community in recent years. This method of resistance makes perfect sense—flee from the temptation. On its face, this is a perfectly understandable response. After all, removing yourself from compromising situations is crucial to maintaining solid Christian character.

However, simple flight is not the ultimate answer. Unfortunately, fleeing temptation is only a temporary solution. One way or another, that old temptation will always seem to find you, wherever you have fled.

The idea of fleeing from Satan’s ploys is a slight distortion of biblical counsel. Rather than running away from Satan, Scripture instructs, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, believers have the ability to send Satan himself running in terror.

Also, it is important for Christians to remember that temptation is not a problem that we can solve ourselves, by fleeing or any other manner. Instead, we need deliverance from temptation. Jesus taught, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13 nasb).

Evil is a God-sized problem. Thinking that we have within ourselves any means to defeat it negates the need for a Savior. We cannot win this spiritual war; however, we can rest in the assurance that Jesus has already secured the victory. When temptation comes, remove yourself from the situation, but also stand firm in the Lord. Remember, you are part of the victorious army.

Lord, I cannot always flee from temptation. And temptation has legs to follow me. Give me the strength to resist temptation wherever I meet it.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 214). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 23 Poor Self-Image

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verse: Ephesians 2:10

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Christian psychologist Dr. James Dobson once took a poll of women who, by their own admission, were basically cheerful and secure individuals.

Dobson listed ten sources of depression. Included in the list were such topics as fatigue, boredom, in-law conflicts, and financial problems. The women were asked to identify which factor contributed most heavily to periods of depression.

The overwhelming reply was lack of self-esteem. Were the same poll taken by Christians at large, lack of self-worth would probably be ranked at the top.

Proper and healthy self-esteem is possible when we receive God’s evaluation of ourselves, relying on His estimation of our worth, not the faulty opinion of others or our fluctuating personal performance.

God created us in His image. We are His workmanship. A Stradivarius is worthy because of its maker. We are worthy because God is our Maker.

The apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13 nasb). We have His adequacy, His power, His competency. Should we ever feel inferior again?

Dear God, thank You that my worth is not based on the faulty opinion of others or my own fluctuating performance. I am worthy because You are my Maker.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 214). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 23 Holding Out

Scripture reading: James 1:2–8

Key verse: Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

James opened his book with encouraging news for a discouraged group of believers. His audience was the early church that, at the time this letter-turned-book was written, was under severe persecution.

However, James knew that emphasizing the church’s trials would lead only to discouragement. Thus, he opened his letter with instruction about how we should handle the storms of life. It may surprise some that James highlighted joy and faith rather than anger and frustration.

James understood that God had a greater purpose in mind when He allowed the church to face various trials. He told us, “The testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:3–4).

Often this lesson is not learned within a short period of time. But God is the Source of our hope, and He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).

These early believers wavered in their faith, just as we will at times. But James indicated, as did the writer of Hebrews (Heb. 10:36), that if we hold out, believing that God will guide us through the darkest trial, we will certainly receive a lasting reward.

Dear Lord, strengthen my faith. Help me hold out in hard times, believing You will guide me through the darkest trial.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 214). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why I Left Marxism for the Resurrected Christ: New Credo Podcast with Michael Haykin — Credo Magazine

What drew Michael Haykin toward an intellectual neo-marxism? Why did the resurrection of Christ convince Haykin to leave neo-marxism and eastern religions for the Christian gospel? What persuaded Haykin to become a historian? Why has he devoted his life to studying the church fathers and Baptists like Andrew Fuller?

In this new episode of the Credo podcast, Matthew Barrett is joined by Michael Haykin to discuss his life from intellectual neo-marxism to patristic and Baptist theology.

Michael Haykin (Th.D., University of Toronto) is the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality and Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the ChurchThe Missionary Fellowship of William CareyEight Women of FaithThe Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers, A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards, and To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy

via Why I Left Marxism for the Resurrected Christ: New Credo Podcast with Michael Haykin — Credo Magazine

15,000 WHITE South African Farmers, Fearing for Their Lives, Are Fleeing to Russia | DC Dirty Laundry

This is what happens when racial hostilities get out of hand.

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https://dcdirtylaundry.com by Dean Garrison

Ending apartheid was not enough, now Black South Africans want payback.

If you are not aware of the dangers that White farmers now face in South Africa, read these articles (they will open in a new window so you can return when ready):

South Africans Push Back Against Lying American Media — White Farmers Getting Killed Daily

White Existence Is a Crime, Says South African BFL Party Spokesperson

Neon Nettle is reporting that White farmers in South Africa are fleeing their homeland, fearing for their lives, and moving to Russia.

Latest: 15,000 WHITE South African Farmers, Fearing for Their Lives, Are Fleeing to Russia

A delegation of 30 families that have fled South Africa has arrived in Russia’s farm belt Stavropol Region, according to a report by Rossiya 1 TV.