Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Tuesday, June 28
“I have given you…[physical and mental strength].”
Lk 10:19 AMP
OVERCOMING TEMPTATION (2)
Here’s a plan for victory: (1) No matter how often you fall, get back up! “Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again” (Pr 24:16 NIV). Becoming spiritually mature is a lifelong process. It happens every time you turn to God in weakness and allow Him to do for you what you can’t do for yourself. (2) Don’t deny it, deal with it. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” (Ps 34:18 NAS). God always responds with grace to a repentant heart. He’ll meet you at your lowest point, walk with you through the valley of regret and repentance, and bring you out stronger. (3) Write down what you’ve learned through temptation. As you reflect on it you’ll see what needs to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Ro 12:2). And be sure to write down new habits you want to integrate into your life—prayer, accountability to a friend, Bible reading and memorization, identifying weak spots, and watching yourself more closely. (4) Use what you’ve learned. Jesus told Peter: “Satan hath desired to have you…But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Lk 22:31-32). Let today mark a new beginning by using what you’ve learned not only to avoid falling again, but to help others facing temptation. (5) Believe you can walk in victory. Jesus said, “I have given you…[physical and mental strength…] over all the power that the enemy [possesses].” Get rid of your “I can’t” attitude, and draw today on God’s strength.
Wednesday, June 29
“He ran from the house.”
Ge 39:12 NLT
OVERCOMING TEMPTATION (3)
The Bible says, “Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife…began to look at him lustfully. ‘Come and sleep with me,’ she demanded. But Joseph refused. ‘Look,’ he told her, ‘my master trusts me with everything in his entire household…How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.’ She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. One day, however, no one else was around when he went in to do his work. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, ‘Come on, sleep with me!’ Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house” (vv. 6-12 NLT). Note the words: “She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day.” Joseph’s temptation kept happening when he was around a certain person: Potiphar’s wife. And it kept happening when he was in a certain place: Potiphar’s house. So he ran. Not because he was weak—but because he was wise! He understood that if you hang around temptation too long you’re playing with fire and setting yourself up to get “burned.” So, what people and what places do you need to avoid? What sources of temptation do you need to remove from your life in order to live victoriously? Remember the old Kenny Rogers song: “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em; know when to walk away and know when to run”? God isn’t dishonored when you run—you’re dishonored when you don’t!