Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, him who has clean hands. Have we resisted temptation unto the shedding of blood?
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Awsome! We all know the struggles of temptation but to have the gift of having a verse at hand(in our mind) is wonderful warfare!I don't know what your struggle was but here is one of mine: don't laugh!Yesterday I was very careful with my eating so that I would be able to have some of my sons birthday cake after dinner. It was really good, I might add! In the middle of the night I woke up to a terrible craving for more of that cake! I knew it was just sitting on the counter waiting for me to get a fork and take a bite (and then probably more bites). My flesh really wanted that cake but my spirit said no. I was like, Lord, help me fight this craving. Right away this verse came to me and I had to repeat it several times during the course of the night: But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I preach to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Cor.9:27 I honestly had to fight it all night with this verse. It did not take the temptation away but it gave me the strength to fight it. I also thought about how I would feel more tired in the morning and it would be harder to get myself on the treadmill. I have found that fighting the flesh is harder than spiritual warfare against the enemy. The enemy and I already know that he is defeated. But the flesh, on the other hand...we just have to keep crucifying it a little at a time. But I will press on toward the prize, as Paul says. ~Chanin