Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Moments of Weakness

Idleness allowed King David’s mind to contemplate adultery with Bathsheba. Weariness led Elijah to consider death preferable to life (1 Kings 19:4). Pride may have played a part in Eve’s listening to the serpent (Gen. 3:6), while lust may have prompted Solomon to desire many wives, including unbelievers (1 Kings 11:1-3). Add to these a sense of spiritual or emotional neediness and emptiness, and we have at least six situations that are fertile ground for temptation. In some biblical examples, enticement was resisted; in others, the individuals gave in. I’m certain every one of us can identify.

No matter what’s creating vulnerability, each person is ultimately responsible for his or her own actions. So in times of weakness, remember the word halt. Its letters can remind you not to let yourself become too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Most importantly, fix your attention on the Lord, draw strength from Him, and experience victory over temptation.

Do not judge yourself harshly when you feel enticed toward ungodliness. Only when we act upon the enticement do we cross the line into sin.

The above is an excerpt from Dr. Charles Stanley's daily devotion:  Remember that God never tempts us. He will use times of testing to mature us and transform us but never to tempt us. James 1:13.

Sent w/love


Moanerplicity said...

Hmmm... Pretty evocative stuff.

Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired = HALT!


That's a good way to remember how even temptation/ weakness of the mind or the flesh has its own impetus.

SJ all up & thru China-town! :-D


A Lady's Life said...

Oh life is funny and one never knows what makes one do the things one does till its too late.
There are no answers really except the comfort of knowing in the end we will all be judged by one who knows our heart and soul if he so chooses.
And if not, then there will be a reason for that too.
It is not weakness to say NO when the world says yes.
You lose everything by standing by your guns but if more people did this, the less would be lost because then people would have to think.

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Hey there Lin,


Good stuff to remember.

Sure captured my attention :-)

Be blessed my friend!

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

My Lady you are so correct...
It's often too late and then we wonder "why?"

I'm trying not to be that person anymore. There are many things that I "did" and do not want to repeat.

But with Him there is always grace and forgiveness.

It's why I love HIM so!

Love you sweet friend of mine!