Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Do-Gooders: Avoid Temptation
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41 (NKJV)
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:29-30 (NKJV)*
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)
How does avoiding temptation relate to doing good (if it relates at all)? If you stay put instead of partying, if you shut up instead of gossiping, if you show love instead of condemning, if you say yes instead of naysaying, if you seek peace instead of debating, if you hold hands instead of arm-wrestling...
If you thank God instead of complaining, if you trust God instead of worrying, if you praise God instead of despairing, if you're content instead of envying, if you make do instead of purchasing, if you eat less instead of devouring, if you defer instead of parading, if you keep clean instead of buckwilding...
If you hang tight instead of backsliding, if you stand up instead of reclining, if you speak up instead of cowering, if you go forth instead of retreating, if you go now instead of postponing, if you dream big instead of denying, if you grow strong instead of weakening, if you invest instead of burying, if you obey instead of wavering...
You're actors, models and talent for Christ.
Avoiding your biggest temptations keeps you on the path behind your King. Yielding to your biggest temptations detours and delays your destiny. Because shining for God is your job, and doing good is how you get there.
## Do-Gooders: Avoid Temptation (Part 14)
* Short article: Did Jesus mean we should literally pluck out our eyes and cut off our hands in Matthew 5:29-30 and 18:8-9? https://gotquestions.org/pluck-out-eye-cut-off-hand.html
* Short article: What are the keys to resisting temptation? https://gotquestions.org/resisting-temptation.html
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.