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A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, August 21, 2014

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41

God gives us the strategy to avoid entering into temptation. We are to “watch” and “pray,” which come from the Greek gregoreuo (pr. gray-gor-yoo-o) and proseuchromai (pr. pros-yoo-khom-ahee) meaning “to be vigilant, watchful” and “to pray to God through supplication and worship, pray earnestly for, make prayer” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “earnestly” as “characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind’; and further defines “make” as “to cause or make happen, to favor the growth or occurrence of.”

How serious are you about running in the opposite direction when temptation confronts you, family? God assures us in His Word that “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it(1 Corinthians 10:13).

My brother, when temptation literally walks in the door, do you run immediately and swiftly in the opposite direction through that way of escape that the Lord provided, or do you play with it? My sister, when that temptation comes on the scene in the form of gossip at the beauty salon, do you shut it down, or do you engage in it?

The Greek word for “temptation” as used in this verse is peirasmos (pr. pir-ras-mos) which means “to test, entice, piercing, experience evil, adversity, provocation.” Your flesh is no match for temptation, as it is “weak” or asthenes(pr. as-then-ace) which is “without strength, more feeble.”

We are to “keep ourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21), which is anything that might take God’s place in our hearts. Even the most innocent of things can become an idol if it takes us away from God. Anything in our lives that becomes static, interference, or a hindrance in our relationship with God is an idol and we must run in the opposite direction from it through the door or window of escape that our loving Father provides.

God wants to give us His best. When we do not get our Father’s best, it is because something is standing in the way. That ‘something’ is usually our flesh. Our reborn, God-filled spirit is always wide awake and willing to do right by God; but it is our flesh that gets in the way.

But I have good news for you! God has provided us, His precious children, with a way of escape through watching and praying. God does not want us to miss it, and He is the ultimate God of infinite ‘do-overs.’ The more we walk in the Spirit, the more of God’s best we get. And the best of God’s best is God Himself.

Father, thank You for being ever so mindful of us. Thank You for always providing a way of escape. Help us, Holy Father, to walk more with You in the Spirit. Help us to lose the appeal of the world, and grow in excitement of You and Your ways. And most precious Father, thank You for loving us so very much that You always provide a way out. In Jesus Name, we thank You for keeping us in all of our ways. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake all of the things and relationships that present themselves as entryways to temptation. Choose to develop a watchful spiritual eye and strong prayer life filled with daily praise and worship to the Father. And continue to fight the good fight of always utilizing that way of escape; for God, your Divine and Ever-present Escape Hatch, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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