Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Today's Devotion - Staying Alert

In Mark 14:38 Jesus tells His disciples, "Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." How true these words are. Many times we have an inner will to do God's will and overcome temptation and yet, we give in to the desires of the flesh. Oddly enough, we often meet temptation when we feel strong in our faith.

In 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, the Apostle Paul gives a warning that is similar to Jesus' warning. He says, "So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it." It is interesting to note in verse twelve that Paul says, "if you think you are standing." Here again, when we feel strong in our faith is often when we are most vulnerable to temptation.

Where are you often most vulnerable to temptation? How would you finish this prayer, "God I often struggle..." Finish this prayer today by acknowledging to God your inner struggles and asking God to "provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it."

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