I don’t think anyone on earth provides more temptation to us than a good friend. When you have a good friend, and I’m talking about a best friend here, the kind that you can’t imagine your life without, they have the power to sway you. They are the person that you can get wild and crazy and goofy with.
And if they aren’t centered on God? They become your test in temptation.
Before I became a Christian, I had a friend like this. I did things and went along with things I never would have, simply because I was with this person. Wild and crazy and adventurous, and dangerous was par for the course.
When I finally came to my senses, even before I came to Christ, this person took off out of my life so fast my head spun. I was left wondering what happened because we had been closer than family, or so I thought.
Some people you can actively help back on the path. Others you need to let go and lift them to God in prayer.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Galatians 6:1 NIV
What do you do when faced with a scary situation? What is your first instinct? Do you want to run or stand and fight? How much time do you spend wallowing in the worry and fear?
No matter what your first instinct turns out to be, your first ACTION should be to seek God for guidance.
Do you know how many hours of your life you could save from being wasted on fruitless worry and fear if you’d just turn to God as a first ACTION rather than a last resort?
Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.
2 Chronicles 20:3 NLT
Here’s a verse we all can memorize! More importantly, we all should take it to heart.
No one knows when Jesus will return. No one knows when they are going to die either. Are you ready to face God?
If you died unexpectantly tomorrow are you ready to see God? Have you lived with a clear conscience? Are you living with secrets right now that others will find upon your death? Would you feel shame for what your family will find if they sorted through your house tomorrow?
Do you believe in God and His son Jesus? Do you believe that through Jesus’ death on the cross and His ressurection you can be forgiven if your sins? You only have today to secure your eternity, tomorrow may be too late for any number of reasons. Are you ready?
Never stop praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT
A prayer for each morning! How cool is it that God even provides us the words we need to say?
Show me the right path, O Lord ; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Psalms 25:4-5 NLT
One of the best feelings I have experienced has been late at night, alone, praying. The house is locked up, everyone is asleep, and it’s so quiet I can hear the electricity in the air. My thoughts start slowing down and I can feel myself let the world go.
God is there just waiting for me.
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 NLT
As I’m reading through the Bible again, God seems to be highlighting prayers for my eyes to find….I love how He teaches!
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
Psalms 19:12-13 NLT
The Bible is filled with good examples for us to follow. David provides us a great example on praying for others here.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord ; you surround them with your shield of love.
Psalms 5:11-12 NLT