In Times of Temptation

Woman prays

I have a particular weakness or infirmity that I am praying that the Lord would free me from.  I believe that we are given power when the Holy Spirit lives within us- and that the bondage of sin can be broken through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This habitual sin has always been a struggle.

Do you have a sin that just never seems to go away?  This one will ebb and flow- never fully leaving and sometimes the temptation is so strong- or it comes in times when I am weak and my guard is down.

I was praying this morning that God would help me to surrender myself completely to Him- that He would give me power to purge this sin out of my life.

Here is the prayer He gave to me, I hope that it will encourage you.  I am going to put it on a notecard and carry it in my pocket daily.

Psalm 86 (portions of verses 1-11)

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.  You are my God, be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you I cry all day long.  Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.  In the day of my trouble, I call on you, for you will answer me.  Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your Name.

I was reading in Ephesians 3-5 this morning, and it was so convicting.  All aspects of my life are lived in the presence of God.  My secret sins are not secret from him.  He knows my heart- and any place in my life where I seek refuge or comfort in anything besides Him alone.

Ephesians 5:8-20

For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13 but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Sleeper, awake!
    Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20 giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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