James 4:1-8

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faith, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make he way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Helen Lemmel’s song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” strikes a comforting chord when facing the temptation to give up. It asks the questions, “O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?” and then it directs the anguished soul to look into His face, the things of earth grow dim in the light of His glory.

The enemy of our souls sends temptation for the purpose of discouraging us and causing us to give up. God allows temptation. Without its fierce and mighty blows against our lives, we cannot fully develop the courage that accompanies faith.

The Lord knows you will make mistakes. In facing temptation, train yourself to say no to the tempter. There is Someone stronger within you, and He calls you to remain faithful to the One who can save you from the physical and emotional sorrow temptation brings.

Jesus understands the turmoil that comes a result of fiery trials. Therefore, He has provided a plan of escape from Satan’s angry grasp (1 Corinthians 10:13). However, you must first say no to the enemy’s enticement. Jesus used Scripture when He was tempted to turn from God. The Word of God is your sure defense. Hide it in your heart, and call out to the Lord of your soul.

Precious heavenly Father, I turn my eyes upon You for strength for my journey. Enable me to say no to the enemy’s enticements along the way. I cry out to You for help!

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