Have you felt yourself slipping lately? Have you noticed you have begun to indulge in something you never would have imagined doing six months ago? Maybe you’ve gotten back into a habit you gave up years ago. Remember how it happened: You thought, It’s OK; I can handle it. And that one time led to one more and then another. It all started with one poor choice. That choice can happen when the tempter makes us feel like we are missing out. The enemy wants us to mistrust the boundaries given by God. He wants us to think boundaries are given to make us miss out, to make us feel as though have less than what we are entitled to.
We must always be on our guard. We must think about the ways we let our defenses down, the things that tempt us, encouraging us to compromise. We must remember 2 Chronicles 16:9: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth, to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” God is waiting for us to ask for his help. He is looking for ways to give you support, to give you a way of escape.
It’s the little choices that chip away at our defenses. We must protect our eyes, our ears, and ourselves from doing things that are not best for us. Even good is not good enough. There are many things vying for our attention. And we should remember what John 3:30 says: “He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.” More of Jesus in us—it’s a difficult thing to do but in doing it there is great blessing and peace.
Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Dear Heavenly Father, We commit this time to you with a prayer from Psalm 86, verse 11: “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth, give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name, I will praise you O Lord, my God with all my heart, I will glorify your name forever.” In Jesus’ name, amen.
My prayers for your strength are with you today,
Casting Crowns sings the song, “Slow Fade,” that talks about the distractions the world dangles at us and gives us encouragement that God always will give us a way out. Here’s Casting Crowns.