How you think about sin and sinners will protect you from temptation or open the door for seduction.
Psalm 37:1 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”
There are two commands in this verse that will keep us from falling into foolish thinking regarding sinners.
The word “fret” literally means to grow warm from agitation. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word in this verse to mean, “To tease; to irritate; to vex; to make angry.”
What do you think about when you see the prosperity of the wicked? Does it (more…)
God always provides an exit from temptation for His children. You don’t have to sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Have you ever been driving on an interstate and missed your exit? You can lose a significant amount of time in some areas of the country because the exits are far apart.
When you are on the road of temptation heading toward sin and destruction, God always provides an exit. Praise God there is a way to escape! But it’s up to you to take it.
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Peer pressure is a powerful tool the Devil uses to influence people to sin. Learn to say NO.
Proverbs 1:10 “My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not.”
A peer is someone who is of equal standing. They can be the same age or part of the same group. Classmates, co-workers, and friends are examples of peers.
Social pressure is the use of persuasion, influence, or intimidation to make someone do something.
Let’s put these two together to define our subject for today.
Peer pressure is when someone of equal standing attempts to persuade or coerce another into doing something they wouldn’t usually do.
There are two types of peer pressure. Direct peer pressure (more…)
Genesis chapter 3 introduces us to temptation. It reveals Satan’s most effective method of seduction. Learn these four steps and protect yourself from them.
Genesis 3:4 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
Satan subtly approached Eve. He was cunning, sly, masking his true intentions. The tempter doesn’t approach you in truth saying, “I’m the devil. I’m here to destroy you.” On the contrary, he often presents himself as a peer, a guide, or a friend.
He gains your trust by convincing you he understands who you are and how you feel. It is all a charade to gain entrance into your life.
The devil uses surrogates to get close (more…)
Your heart can be soft or hard. Which is it right now?
A tender heart is absolutely necessary for the Christian. God warns us to guard our heart diligently because all of life’s actions and emotions flow through it.
Satan works restlessly to corrupt the heart through sin. He knows that if he can pollute our hearts that we are easy prey for his other traps.
A soft heart is essential. You won’t live for God without it. A soft heart is tender toward God. It’s grateful for God’s blessings. It’s attentive to His voice. It’s surrendered to His will. It’s kind and compassionate towards others. It’s saddened by sin and rejoices in righteousness. A soft heart wants to please the Lord in all things.
A hard heart is the opposite. It is selfish and unkind. It’s more interested in pleasing self than the Lord.
A hard heart changes how you feel. It is ungrateful. It forgets God’s miracles and blessings to focus on the material. It is cynical and negative. It cares little for the things of God.
A hard heart changes (more…)