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Ask Donnell - How Do I Get Lasting Change In My Life?

Ask Donnell - How Do I Get Lasting Change In My Life?

This blog is a continuation from yesterday; "The Importance of The Holy Spirit."

We received the following question from K;

"Hi Donnell,

This may be a little long however I want to be honest……. these past few months I have been loose in my Christian walk, not that I don’t know better but some how it overwhelms me and I just give in to as we know it “a life of sin!”. I want to be better, do better, live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to GOD but I cant understand why do I always go back to my vomit… why do I experience GOD’s presence and goodness and still walk away and head in the direction of destruction? why is it so easy for me to walk away? the truth is when I am obedient to GOD I am at my happiest, there is a joy that I cant explain but I still give up and give in and then there is a depression and emptiness within me. I know its only GOD can fill me but i still go off course. i still risk it all just to please the flesh. i have been watching the gospel channels on cable and one really struck out to me when i heard someone in the movie literally say my name and tears came to my eyes. i don’t want to continue to go through emotions but i want real and lasting change. all the messages coming to me via the movies are “death to self”…… i don’t quite understand what that means or the requirement(s) of such…. what does it really mean by “death to self”????

thanks for listening….."

Wow K, thanks for keeping it real. That's an "Ask Jesus" question so let's submit it to Him. There's no better place to get His answer than His Word. So many of us are dealing with real struggles and need God to intervene. Thankfully, you are brave enough to admit it and seek help. That's a step in the right direction and a bolder step than most.

Anyway, instead of repeating myself, you can start by reading these three recent blogs; "A New Heart-Set: Returning To Your First Love", "How Do I Respond To Strong Temptation?" and "What Does It Mean To Take Up My Cross Daily?" So much has been said already that we will use those blogs as the foundation for today. They basically answer most of your questions. All the practical steps are in there. Today, let's simply go a little deeper on the spiritual side. After you've done all you practically know to do if you still don't see results it's time to take it to the next level. Let's go there today.

Romans 7:14-25(NLT) - So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

You see, the struggle with sin is all too familiar. It is in the fallen human nature to sin as a direct result of what Adam and Eve did in The Garden of Eden. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to think they can beat sin on a mental level. In other words, some people believe they can just think their way out of temptation. Unfortunately, they are deceived and have no idea how strong the pull of sin is in their lives.

"No, I don't have a drug problem. I can stop anytime. No, I don't have a lust problem. I can stop anytime. No, I don't have a pride problem. I can just will myself to humility. No, I don't have a selfishness problem. No, I don't have an anger problem. No, I don't have a drinking problem. No, I don't have a sin problem. I just need to do it a couple more times and get it out my system then I'll stop. Honest, if I really want to I can stop. So why haven't I stopped yet? Ummmm.. I don't know. Maybe I do have a problem after all." 🙁

As The Apostle Paul said, the answer is in Jesus Christ! It's not in your mind. The problem is in your mind. The solution is not! You'll never be able to figure your way out of the struggle with sin. It doesn't matter what you try in your own strength. The power to defeat sin lies in Jesus Christ and there is a way to access that power when you need it. Apostle Paul outlined the problem in Romans 7 and then outlined the solution in Romans 8. He couldn't have made it any clearer. Let's dig in.

Romans 8:1-14(NLT) - So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

So let's pull some key "truths" out of this passage. The first is that if you are in Christ Jesus you should not condemn yourself. Yes, you are facing a struggle but self-condemnation is not the answer. Jesus already died for your sin and you just need to ask for forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9. Not only that, but Jesus broke the hold of sin on your life. Therefore, it's a trick of the enemy to make you believe that you cannot escape sin.

It's really a stronghold in your mind and nothing else. You think you can't escape yet the prison doors are unlocked. The answer is in the power of The Holy Spirit whom Jesus Christ sent to earth when He returned to heaven. That's right, the power of The Holy Spirit is the power to live right. Of all the qualities and characteristics of The Holy Spirit this may be the most important one yet it's hardly ever mentioned.

So many people are filled with The Holy Spirit and can speak in tongues, prophesy, dream dreams, see visions and lay hands on the sick yet they just can't seem to live right. The same spirit who gives us the power to do all of those things has given us the power to live right. Maybe we don't know that and that's why we have left such amazing power untapped. Well, that ends today. Let's reveal how The Holy Spirit gives us the strength to live like Christians. The first two are quoted directly from my book, The Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven.

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How The Holy Spirit Gives Us The Power To Live Right!

1) The Spirit of Reverential Fear of The Lord

Jeremiah 32:40(AMP) - And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will not turn away from following them to do them good, and I will put My [reverential] fear in their hearts, so that they will not depart from Me.

The Spirit of Reverential Fear of The Lord places a sense of awe in the hearts of people. This is typically what we mean when we say “fear the Lord.” The Amplified Bible expounds on the fear of The Lord and divides it into two parts but this first one is the most familiar. According to Jeremiah 32:40, God can put His reverential fear in our hearts so that we won't depart from Him. In other words, by no power of our own, by giving us The Spirit of Reverential Fear we can be so blown away by His awesomeness that it's impossible for us to walk away. Thank God!

Luke 1:59-65(AMP) - And it occurred that on the eighth day, when they came to circumcise the child, they were intending to call him Zachariah after his father, But his mother answered, Not so! But he shall be called John. And they said to her, None of your relatives is called by that name. And they inquired with signs to his father [as to] what he wanted to have him called. Then Zachariah asked for a writing tablet and wrote, His name is John. And they were all astonished. And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak, blessing and praising and thanking God. And awe and reverential fear came on all their neighbors; and all these things were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.

Throughout the scriptures, people have seen the Hand of God in situations and responded with reverential fear. In Luke 1, the miraculous birth of John the Baptist was recorded. After years of asking God for their first child, an angel appeared to his father, Zachariah with a message from God about John. He didn't believe at the moment and was made dumb until the eighth day when his son was to be circumcised and given a name. Elizabeth, his wife, broke tradition by calling her son John. An angel told Zachariah the same thing earlier, so when he agreed with the name, people were astonished. At that moment, he miraculously received his voice again and declared God's goodness. Consequently, all who witnessed those dramatic events were gripped with reverential fear.

Acts 2:43(AMP) - And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers).

The best example of The Spirit of Reverential Fear of The Lord took place soon after The Holy Spirit was poured out beyond measure and the early church was formed. He manifested Himself as such and all who received Him had a sense of awe or reverential fear. In this way, The Bible describes one of the clearest depictions of this specific representation of The Holy Spirit and distinguishes it from every other. This is good news for all Christians because it means that even when we struggle to show honor and respect for God by our actions, The Spirit of Reverential Fear can spur us to do so.

2) The Spirit of Obedient Fear of The Lord

Isaiah 1:19-20(NKJV) - If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword"; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

God knows how to get people to obey Him. Isaiah 1:19-20 shows us why that's a good thing. Many of the precious promises we all desire are expressly connected to our obedience to God's directions. We can pray, fast, declare scriptures, bind and loose spirits but if we do not obey God we're wasting our time. As a young Christian, my father taught me that the answers to our prayers are sometimes wrapped in a set of instructions from God. If we follow them without question we'll see the full manifestation. If we don't, we'll continue to wonder what happened to our prayers.

John 16:7-15(NKJV) - Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

When Jesus told His disciples about the coming of The Holy Spirit in John 16:7-15, He gave a concise description of what they could expect. They knew that when He came He would convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. This is crucial to the development of a Christian because conviction is a major asset for obedience. Hence, I believe that when The Spirit of Obedient Fear of The Lord comes upon us He helps us to live right by convicting our hearts when we choose to do wrong.

One of the realities we all must accept is the fallen nature of our humanity. Pride sometimes deceives us to think that we're good people by ourselves. That's what causes us to make excuses for sin and not reject it like we should. We think we're good people so we convince ourselves that a little sin every now and then can't be that bad. As the Spirit of Truth, The Holy Spirit opens our eyes and tells us what The Lord really thinks about the thoughts of our hearts. When He enters our lives He is our conscience.

Galatians 5:16-18(NLT) - So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

Do you hear when The Holy Spirit speaks? Do you do what you hear? Whether or not you follow His lead can make or break your battle against sin. It's time for you to allow The Holy Spirit to take control of your mind and heart. Stop fighting a battle against sin that you have already won in the spirit and can never win on your own in the natural. Here is one practical step you can take that will help you tap into the power to live right and experience lasting change.

3) Develop Relationships With Spirit-Filled People Who Will Hold You Accountable.

Hebrews 10:24-29(NLT) - Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.

Christian people are supposed to motivate each other to live right. You're never supposed to struggle on your own. That's why God expects us to spend time meeting together and encouraging each other. The Holy Spirit in you will connect with The Holy Spirit in me and can bring correction when I start to drift out of line. Pay close attention to what happens when Christians physically or emotionally isolate themselves from other Christians.

They get caught up in willful, habitual sin and can't escape it on their own. As they smother the voice of The Holy Spirit in their own hearts they are unable to hear from The Lord. Additionally, since they don't have support or accountability they don't allow The Holy Spirit in someone else to speak the truth into their lives. Sadly, only the truth will make them free. Don't fall into that trap. Always have at least one spirit-filled person in your life who can help you win over your struggles. Don't go it alone.

Without accountability it's hard to do anything right. It's just not in our human nature to do what's right if we don't have to answer to anybody. The Holy Spirit will change your heart but you need accountability to keep you from going back to old ways because it's just too easy to slip. Ask God to show you the person He's placed in your life that you can trust to be His voice when you don't hear Him in your own heart. You make the decision to change. God changes you. Accountability keeps you from going back.


Ask Donnell - How Do I Respond To Strong Temptation?

Ask Donnell -  How Do I Respond To Strong Temptation?

We received several questions from Josh. This is the first;

"What do I do when the devil tempts me with something that is really hard to overcome?"

Josh, thanks for the honest question. I'll give you an honest answer. The devil is not going to tempt you with anything that's easy to overcome. He's way too smart for that. He'll always hit you where and when you're weak. Therefore, you can expect to consistently face temptation that's really hard to overcome.

James 1:12-15(NKJV) - Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

A temptation is not entirely something the enemy creates. It's also not entirely external to you. As the scripture says, it's actually the result of the enemy exploiting a desire that's already in your heart. You can only be enticed by something if you already have a desire in your heart for it. As a result, the problem with temptation is not gone if you can eliminate the external portion of the temptation. As long as that desire remains in your heart you can be enticed again.

I'll give you a simple illustration. People who think addiction is entirely physical think that as long as you separate the person from the addiction you have set the person free. However, the addiction is not just on the outside. It's directly connected to a stronghold in the person's mind and heart. As a result, the person can stay clean for a long period of time but if the stronghold is not dealt with the person is really still in bondage. The next time the person is given free access to the object of desire that temptation will rise again.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NLT) - If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

Everybody is tempted and anybody can fall. That's why we all have to be careful. Whether you win or lose when you're tempted has much less to do with what you do when you're tempted and much more to do with what you did before you were tempted. You should look at temptation like you look at a test. Your preparation for the test is much more important than what you do during the test. Therefore, the devil can't take all the credit for someone giving into temptation. He only exploits desires that are already in the person.

Even though it's true that what you do during the test is what really matters in the end, your options during the test are limited by your preparation for the test. If you are well prepared you have a chance to pass the test. Once you're in the test you can rely on your preparation and do exactly what you know so you can pass the test. On the other hand, if you are not prepared for the test you fail the test before you even start. In that case, it doesn't really matter what you do during the test unless you plan to cheat. Even though both are very important, since execution depends on preparation, preparation is more important. You can't execute what you didn't prepare.

This is where the devil really traps many Christians. We do not prepare for temptation ahead of time and we think that we can just figure it out in the middle of the temptation. Even though that's possible it's not very probable. In the natural, even though it's possible to pass one exam after not studying it's impossible to pass every exam in your life if you never study. At some point, you're going to fail.

Hence the saying; "If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail." Preparation does not guarantee success but a lack of preparation guarantees failure. When you're prepared and face temptation you'll be able to decipher the way of escape that God has already laid out for you. Once you find the way out of the temptation you'll have the guts to take it.

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How Do You Prepare For Temptation?

Hebrews 4:14-16(NKJV) - Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Jesus was tempted just like the rest of us and did not sin. Why? He was prepared. How did He do it and what advice did He leave for us so that we could follow in His footsteps?

1) Hide The Word of God In Your Heart!

Psalm 119:11(NKJV) - Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

The Word of God in your heart is directly proportional to your ability to resist temptation. One of the first signs that I'm running low on God's Word in my heart is my lack of resistance to temptation. This is one of the most powerful scriptures to have in your knowledge base. You cannot store God's Word in your heart in order to resist a certain temptation in the middle of the temptation. You have to do it before.

Pay close attention to where The Word of God needs to be for you to be able to resist sin. It needs to be in your heart. Why your heart? Your heart is where your desires are. If you put The Word of God in your mind only you will know what's right and wrong but that doesn't mean you'll want to do what's right. The Pharisees had God's Word in their minds and that did nothing for their hearts.

When The Word of God is in your heart it controls your Will and your emotions. You're never tempted by logic, you're tempted by desires. If your logic doesn't line up with your desires unless you're disciplined you will do what you desire against your logic. People who give into temptations know that what they're doing is wrong but still do it anyway. The Word in your head makes you aware of what's right. The Word in your heart gives you the power to do it. When you have a true love for God's Word you will open your heart to it and when it's in your heart you'll actually do what it says.

Matthew 4:1-11(NKJV) -Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

How did Jesus defeat the devil when He was tempted? Most people say that He quoted scripture. Right? Wrong! The devil quoted scripture too. The scripture alone did not give Jesus the victory. If that's true, most Christians in "Word of Faith" and charismatic churches would be spiritual giants. They quote lots of scripture but that doesn't mean they're living right. Every time a Bible scholar falls into sin the question remains; "Why didn't the knowledge of all those scriptures guarantee the victory?" They don't live what they quote.

Luke 8:11-15(NKJV) “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Unless you're keeping The Word and bearing fruit which can be seen in your life, conveniently saying it alone doesn't unlock its true power. Jesus said that the people who receive The Word with joy but don't allow it to form roots and penetrate their hearts will fall away in the time of temptation.

James 1:22-24(NKJV) - But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

When you speak The Word it only has power if you really believe it. If you believe The Word you will let it change you. If The Word does not change you it has not taken root in your heart. Thus, you are not in position to use it when faced with temptation. Jesus did The Word so when He said The Word it had power. That's how it works.

Revelation 3:10(KJV) - Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

If you keep God's Word, He'll keep you when temptation shows up.

2) Submit to God!

James 4:7-8(KJV) - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

You have to submit to God first before you can resist the devil and expect him to flee. The connection between submission to God and the authority to resist the devil is not a popular topic. Unfortunately, that explains why even though many of us use the name of Jesus, plead the Blood of Jesus, pray in tongues, fast, call on The Holy Spirit and quote scripture, the devil would not leave us alone. If we cannot submit to God we cannot expect the devil to flee.

John 5:30(NKJV) - I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Jesus did not seek His own Will but did The Will of His Heavenly Father. Jesus was totally submitted to The Father. Therefore, when He resisted the devil He had the power of The Father behind Him. So the devil had no choice but to flee. Are you totally submitted to God? Do you seek only His Will? Do you keep His Word?

2 Peter 2:9(KJV) - The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

If you're Godly, God will deliver you out of temptation.

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3) Watch And Pray!

Matthew 26:41(NLT) - Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

One sign that I haven't been spending enough time with The Lord is my lack of resistance to temptation. If I unplug from God's presence I lose the power to fight temptation. You can try to fight temptation with your mind or train your body to act differently to different impulses but you will always fail. Your flesh is too weak to resist temptation.

Even if you're strong enough some of the time you won't be able to resist all of the time. Your strength has to come from the power of The Holy Spirit. That's why an active, consistent prayer life is essential to every believer. You have to pray before you are tempted so that when you are tempted you don't fall.

Matthew 6:9-13(NKJV) - In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus said to ask God not to lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil? He didn't waste words and He told His disciples to say those words for a reason. Why? It should be understood that God would never lead us into temptation so why do we need to even pray that? That sounds right, doesn't it? Well check this out.

Matthew 4:1(KJV) - Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Who led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil? The Holy Spirit! So, if Jesus says to ask The Father not to do that to you, do exactly what Jesus said! He knows why He said it. Let's pray; "Lord, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. We know we can't make You do anything but the least we could do is ask. Those were the instructions we received from Jesus."

A temptation is a test. If you learn something you're supposed to be tested so you can receive a reward and promoted. When God sees that you're ready to be tested that's exactly what He'll allow. Even if you end up in the middle of strong temptation that you never expected, it's just a test. Your success will result in your promotion.

James 1:12(NKJV) says, "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."

Beat your strongest temptation and receive your crown.

Jude 1:24-25(KJV) - Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

You don't have to fall, The Lord is able to keep you.

We pray today's response completely answers your first question. We'll move on to your second question tomorrow.

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