Temptation Can Ruin You

I share with you this month, one of the daily devotions (FEB16)that I send to our “Friends of St. Mark’s” FACEBOOK group.  There are now 124 members in that group. It grows weekly and has become our largest group at St. Mark’s. I hope by sharing this that many more of you will join the group, and that together we will take advantage of beginning our day with the Word of God and prayer.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil..”

There is the story of an enthusiastic but somewhat unscrupulous salesman who was waiting to see the purchasing agent of an engineering firm. The salesman was there to submit his company’s bid, or price quote, for a particular job. He couldn’t help but notice, however, that a competitor’s bid was on the purchasing agent’s desk. Unfortunately, the actual figure was covered by a can of juice. The temptation to see the amount quoted became too much, so the salesman lifted the can. His heart sank as he watched thousands of BB’s pour from the bottomless can and scatter across the floor.

There are two equally damning lies Satan wants us to believe: 1) Just once won’t hurt. 2) Now that you have ruined your life, you are beyond God’s use, and might as well enjoy sinning. Don’t believe either of them!

Giving into temptation, thinking that just one time won’t do much harm, has bad enough consequences; but worse would be to believe that we are beyond redemption.  The worst thing any of us could ever do in God’s sight, is not accept God’s forgiveness.  Repent and believe in the Gospel!

PRAYER:  Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin; each vict’ry will help you some other to win; fight valiantly onward, dark passions subdue. Look ever to Jesus, he’ll carry you through. (TFF #195)