“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2 Timothy 2:22 NLT My dad hated wasps. My older brothers tell me of a time when one bit him, and he grabbed it and bit its head off. One day when I came home from school, my dad was laying on the couch with an ice pack on his face. When I asked him, what happened, he removed the ice pack, revealing a badly stung and swollen face. I discovered that he tried to capture a nest of wasps with a coffee can and lid. He told me that he was tired of them rebuilding their nest in the same spot under the ledge of the sheds front door every year. He thought if I caught the whole nest I can destroy them for good. It’s obvious this was before “Raid” came out with its long-shot poison. Temptation is a lot like these wasps, if you mess with it you will get stung. Also, the enemy knows the power of advertisement. Have you ever noticed after watching a food advertisement on television and suddenly felt you were hungry? Have you ever watched someone yawn and felt the urge to yawn yourself? This is the power of suggestion working within your mind. We naturally move toward whatever our attention is focused on. The more you think about something, the stronger it takes hold of you. This is why repeating, "I must stop eating too much or stop smoking or stop lusting" is a self-defeating strategy. It keeps you focused on what you don't want. It's like announcing, "I'm never going to do what my dad did." You are setting yourself up to repeat it.
Temptation begins by capturing your attention. What gets your attention arouses your emotions. Then your emotions activate your behavior, and you act on what you feel. The more you focus on "I don't want to do this," the stronger temptation draws you into its web. Ignoring a temptation is far more effective than fighting it. Once your mind is on something else, the temptation loses its power. So, when temptation calls you on the phone, don't argue with it, just hang up! Sometimes this means physically leaving a tempting situation. This is one time it is okay to run away. Get up and turn off the television set. Walk away from a group that is gossiping. Leave the theater in the middle of the movie. To avoid being stung, stay away from the wasps! Andrizo, PJ PS: As always if you like this devotional, please let us know. Your comments are always encouraging to us.
Published on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 @ 11:38 AM CDT