The temptations that come before God's children are much greater than that
of the world. The people of the world who don't know Christ don't offer
the same threat to the devil that Christians do and so he has less reason
to bring his temptations before them. Even though the believer has power
through the blood of Jesus Christ, if he does not stand in his authority,
the enemy will find a way to enter his life through his temptations. It
is important that we realize we have a real enemy who is trying to take our
life off course and into the course of destruction and death. We must be
vigilant in keeping our mind and heart focused on the Lord and determined
to not allow the enemy to sidetrack the plans and purposes that God has for
us. Through the Blood of Christ and the positive confession of our mouth,
we can be victorious over every obstacle of the enemy. (Revelation 12:10-11)
I hope this story ministers to your heart and challenges you to never allow
the devil to make you want to quit following the Lord.
A flock of wild ducks were flying in formation, heading south for the
winter. They formed a beautiful V in the sky, and were admired by everyone
who saw them from below.
One day, Wally, one of the wild ducks in the formation, spotted something
on the ground that caught his eye. It was a barnyard with a flock of tame
ducks who lived on the farm. They were waddling around on the ground,
quacking merrily and eating corn that was thrown on the ground for them
every day. Wally liked what he saw. "It sure would be nice to have some of
that corn," he thought to himself. "And all this flying is very tiring.
I'd like to just waddle around for a while."
So after thinking it over a while, Wally left the formation of wild ducks,
made a sharp dive to the left, and headed for the barnyard. He landed
among the tame ducks, and began to waddle around and quack merrily. He
also started eating corn. The formation of wild ducks continued their
journey South, but Wally didn't care. "I'll rejoin them when they come back
North in a few months", he said to himself.
Several months went by and sure enough, Wally looked up and spotted the
flock of wild ducks in formation, heading north. They looked beautiful up
there. And Wally was tired of the barnyard. It was muddy and everywhere
he waddled, nothing but duck doo doo. "It's time to leave," said Wally.
So Wally flapped his wings furiously and tried to get airborne. But he had
gained some weight from all his corn-eating, and he hadn't exercised his
wings much either. He finally got off the ground, but he was flying too
low and slammed into the side of the barn. He fell to the ground with a
thud and said to himself, "Oh, well, I'll just wait until they fly south in
a few months. Then I'll rejoin them and become a wild duck again."
But when the flock flew overhead once more, Wally again tried to lift
himself out of the barnyard, but failed. He simply didn't have the
strength. Every winter and every spring, he saw his wild duck friends
flying overhead, and they would call out to him. But his attempts to leave
were all in vain.
Eventually Wally no longer paid any attention to the wild ducks flying
overhead. He hardly even noticed them. He had, after all, become a
Sin may look good for a season, but in the end there will be nothing left
but heartbreak. The devil will keep you longer than you wanted to stay,
destroy every gift and talent that you possess and will use you until there
is nothing left. I encourage you to be determined in your quest of
following the Lord. The temptations of the devil come very subtly and
seem harmless in the beginning, but when pursued will ultimately ruin your
life. Don't allow that to happen. Stay in formation with your brothers
and sisters in Christ and know that following the straight and narrow path
is not only pleasing to the Lord, but will also help protect you from the
enemy's traps and temptations. (James 1:13-17) (John 10:10) (Matthew 7:13-14)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after
the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds) Casting down imaginations,
and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
Proverbs 14:8-12 "The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but
the folly of fools is deceit. Fools make a mock at sin: but among the
righteous there is favour. The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a
stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy. The house of the wicked shall
be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish. There is
a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of
Psalm 46:1-3 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and
though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the
waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the
Psalm 51:9-12 "Hide Thy face from my sins and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE STORM
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD'S INTERVENTION BY ANGELIC RESCUERS
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry