James 1:12 Blessed Is The Man That Endures Temptation #James1:12

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As I read Facebook posts, more pastors’ shortcomings are being brought to light. Pastors telling women to come to church with no panties. And the mess Marvin Sapp is allegedly involved in.

Nothing is kept secret anymore because of technology and global access to it. satan does not sleep. he seeks to devour. he studies us to determine our vices, and he uses them to bring us down and block our blessings. That satan is bold isn’t he? So bold not only did he tempt Eve in the garden, Esau in giving up his birthright, and David with Bathsheba, this fool had the audacity to tempt Jesus. But he can only go as far as we let him. That’s why we must renew our minds with the word and surround ourselves with others who do the same. We must keep those who are babes in Christ at a reasonable spiritual distance. We don’t have to kick them to the curb but we must make sure we have on God’s armor when we interact with them. We want to be light and an example to them. But that doesn’t mean we have to share everything with them. Maybe give more access to those who have on God’s armor. Even then, discernment is key because they too will be tempted (just like us). The ability to recognize temptation could mean life or death (spiritually, literally, financially). Ultimately the man who endures temptation is blessed.
James 1:12″Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which The Lord hath promised to them that love him.” It’s hard to resist temptation, but I encourage us all to be mindful and to fight it with all we’ve got. But it sure is hard.

Walking in love,

Tayarisha Joyce

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