Scripture reading: Psalm 33:1–22
Key verse: Romans 8:6
To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Paul cautioned us not to be ignorant of Satan’s schemes. Peter issued a similar warning when he wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Both men understood the nature of temptation and its effects on the believer. However, many, like spiritual lambs being led to slaughter, ignore God’s warning concerning temptation and later end up wishing they had heeded His commands.
You have a choice. And as a believer, you are not overcome by the darkness of temptation. Jesus is your strong arm of protection. Proverbs tells us:
These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren. (Prov. 6:16–19)
One sure way to deal with temptation is keep the focus of your heart on His Word. The Word of God that Paul wrote about in Ephesians 6 is your greatest defense. It works only when you are willing to walk in the light of obedience and in Christ. Because you are a child of God, sin does not fit who you are in Christ.
Lord, I realize that sin does not fit who I am in You. Cleanse me from sin. Let me walk in the light of obedience to You and Your Word.