No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Cor. 10:13 NKJV
When we face trials, the temptation to give in to quick, harmful solutions or negative thoughts grows stronger. What may seem like a simple escape can actually ensnare us in greater despair. How do we escape temptation? It’s as we recognize the war between the flesh and the spirit that we learn to navigate through life victoriously.
There is a split second when we need to decide between the two. Our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. Temptation can overcome us so quickly that we only realize its impact after the fact. The enemy adds guilt and self-condemnation to our plight. The key is to pray ahead of time for the Spirit’s empowerment to rebuke the tempter and reach for Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
We must yield quickly to God’s ways of escape. Through our prayers and worship, let’s surrender everyone and everything to Him. It is in this act of yielding that we find true rest in the Lord, our refuge and deliverer. As we experience His provision, faithfulness, and unfailing love, we discover HE is our way of escape, from glory to glory.
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ – John 7:37-38
Experiencing the rivers of living water, the movement of the Holy Spirit within us, can be likened to an expectant mother feeling her baby’s first kicks. The mother’s excitement intensifies with each kick, confirming the life she carries. Likewise, the stirrings of the Spirit within us confirm our salvation and His living presence in our hearts.
We learn to recognize and cherish His glorious flow. This spiritual ‘kicking’ becomes apparent when we sense things are finally moving; when what we carry feels the most alive. The Spirit leaps within at the sound of a scripture, a confirming word, during worship, or when opportunities open or close. Such witnessing in our spirit ignites rivers of excitement, birthing shouts of praise and elevating our faith to the tangible reality of His presence.
It also happens in times of struggle, when our flesh resists the Spirit, or when we face the enemy’s fiercest attacks. It is during these trying moments that the Spirit moves the most to strengthen us. Battles become confirmation of the soon coming manifestation of what God’s plans. Let’s trust in and follow His flow, from glory to glory!
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.’ – Matthew 26:42 NKJV
Unbelief can come as believing more in what our flesh wants than in what we know is of God. We can recognize it when people want something so much that it becomes an obsession. That desire is all they talk about. Obsession leads to deception. It’s as though they are asking God to believe what they have decided. Their focus is on the thing they want, not on God. It can turn into covetousness. Contentment in the Lord brings rest and fulfillment.
It’s not that this or that cannot happen. All things are possible with God. It’s that God does not want us to desire anything more than Him. He is more concerned with our character transformation than pleasing our prideful, fleshy desires. We might not be certain of God’s will, but we can protect ourselves from deception by submitting our desires to Him and guarding our hearts.
Humility guards us from believing what we think is always right and seek God for what is truly right. Our faith is in Him; and we surrender our will to His. We believe His will to be done, even when we don’t know what it is specifically. Faith in God is the gateway to what He has for us, from glory to glory!
“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved,” (Eph. 1:5 NKJV).
It is important to recognize the difference between acceptance and approval. Acceptance pertains to who we are, approval to what we do. We might not approve of someone else’s decision, but we accept them regardless because we love them. When others disapprove of our choices, knowing we are accepted in the Beloved frees us from rejection. God calls us out of rejection into acceptance.
Knowing and believing we are accepted in Christ Jesus strengthens our spiritual walk. It enables us to accept others. It is only by God’s grace, through His amazing love, that we can do so. We love God because he loved us. Because God forgives us, we forgive ourselves and others. Because God accepts us, we accept others.
The more we receive our value from God, the less we look for it from other people. We seek to please God, not man, and make decisions from our place of acceptance in the Lord. Even when we do not make the right choices, we trust His love and acceptance remain. He helps us forgive ourselves and teaches us how to choose wisely in the future. We receive His empowerment to move forward, by His grace and mercy, and walk strong in Him, from glory to glory!
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14 nkjv).
People and circumstances try to influence us, positively or negatively. We are to be led by the Spirit of God, seeking His influence, His control, His leading to God’s will. When the wrong spirits get involved, the battles can be challenging. To guard ourselves, we must seek the leading of the Spirit of God before the leading of anyone or anything else. God will lead us to what we should submit to through the Word of God and confirmations of His will.
It is a question of authority. The wrong influences affect our Christlike character and try to move us away from our submission to God. It also comes through things that are right in appearance but are not of God. This happens when people follow others who say God told them they should do this or that without checking with God for themselves. Appearances can be deceiving.
We can trust the Lord to reveal what is not of Him when we go to Him for guidance and protection. We learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, His fruits above any gifts; His presence before sizeable crowds; the name of Jesus being lifted above any other name. God’s glory is above man’s glory, always. We can influence others to follow Jesus Christ our Lord, above all, from glory to glory!