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Strength for Temptation

To live life is to wrestle with temptation. There is no way for us to live our lives free from it. If there were a possibility of that, then Jesus, the Son of God, would have been able to live without temptation. But the Bible says that “he was at all points tempted like as we are” (Hebrews 4:15).

We can do nothing to prevent temptation from coming our way. That is out of our hands. We cannot live our lives in a vacuum. God does not will that we go off to a monastery and live in seclusion.

While we can do nothing about the outer pressures of temptation, we can do something about the inner braces of character. We can feed our souls on the word of God and thus grow strong spiritually.

Finally and ultimately, the secret to resisting temptation is to have inner strength. As our convictions grow stronger, our ability to say no will become easier. There is a direct relationship between inner strength and our feeding upon the word of God. If you want strength to overcome temptation, don’t neglect the Bible.

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Today's Devotional

Major on the Basics

Knute Rockne was one of the greatest football coaches ever. In his 13 years at Notre Dame, his teams won 105 games, lost 12, and tied 5. He never had a secret practice. In fact, he sometimes put up a sign for visitors that said, “Secret practice. Come and bring your notebooks.”

On one occasion when an Army scout missed a train connection and didn’t get to the Notre Dame game he was to cover, Rockne obligingly sent him the plays he planned to use against the West Point men. He explained his actions by saying, “It isn’t the play that wins; it’s the execution.”

All great coaches agree: champions are made by majoring on the fundamentals – blocking and tackling. They execute well. Teams seldom win by trick plays or gimmicks.  

The same is true of life. Tricks and gimmicks will seldom get you to the top in any endeavor and can never keep you there. Major on the basics in all of life – work hard, honor God, be honest, kind and helpful to others, and go to church regularly.

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