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Temptations

Nelson’s Bible Dictionary defines temptation as “an enticement or invitation to sin, with the implied promise of greater good to be derived from following the way of disobedience.” Resisting temptation begins with knowing that Satan is the supreme “tempter” (Matthew 4:31 Thessalonians 3:5) who has been tempting mankind since our Creator placed His first two children in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 31 John 3:8). Ultimately, however, we know that Satan’s power over Christians has been effectively destroyed as the war has already been won through our Savior’s death and resurrection which conquered the power of sin and death forever. Nonetheless, Satan still prowls the earth looking to drive a wedge between God and His children, and his temptations are unfortunately a daily part of our lives (1 Peter 5:8). Yet with the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s Word to help us, we will find ourselves effectively resisting temptations.

The apostle Paul encourages us with these words: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Indeed, every one of us faces temptations of some kind; even Jesus was not immune as He was “tempted in every way, just as we are” (Hebrews 4:15). Although Satan may be the dark force ultimately behind the tempting, it is our fallen and corrupted human nature that allows these temptations to take root and causes us to act on them, thereby “giving birth to sin” (James 1:15). But it is the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to free ourselves from the sin and temptations we struggle with in our daily lives. Thus, if we have the Spirit of Christ residing in our hearts, we already have what it takes to resist the flaming arrows the devil sends our way. As Paul told the Galatians, “live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16).

The Word of God has always been our best defense against Satan’s temptations, and the better we know His Word, the easier it will be to claim victory over our daily struggles. The psalmist tells us, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). When Christ was tempted by Satan in the desert, the first thing He did was to quote Scripture (Matthew 4:4–10), which eventually caused the devil to leave Him. Indeed, Christians need to be diligent in studying God’s Word. “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies” (Psalm 119:97–98).

In addition to God’s Word, prayer can help us to resist temptation. The night He was betrayed, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He told Peter to pray “so that you will not fall into temptation” (Mark 14:38). Also, in the “Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus taught us to pray that we would not be led into temptation (Matthew 6:13Luke 11:4). Yet, when we do fall into temptation, we know that “God is faithful; He will not let us be tempted beyond what [we] can bear,” and that He will provide us with a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is a promise from God, and like Abraham, Christians should be “fully persuaded” that God has the power to do what He has promised (Romans 4:21).

Another way to help us resist temptation is to remember what Jesus Christ did for us. Even though He never committed a sin, He willingly endured the torture of the cross for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Every sin we’ve ever committed, or will commit, played a part in nailing our Savior to the cross. How we respond to Satan’s worldly allurements is a great indicator as to just how much the love of Jesus Christ occupies our hearts.

Now, even though Christians already have the tools necessary for victory, we need to use our common sense and not place ourselves in situations that prey upon, or stimulate, our weaknesses. We are already bombarded every day with images and messages that tantalize our sinful lusts. We don’t need to make it more difficult than it already is. Even though Christ’s Spirit resides in our hearts, our flesh can be very weak at times (Matthew 26:41). When we know something is or can be sinful, Paul warns us to “flee from it.” Remember, the “tempter” is also the master of rationalization, and there is no limit to the arguments the devil can offer us to justify our sinful behavior.

Armed with God’s Spirit and the truth of His Word, we are well equipped to overcome Satan’s assaults (Ephesians 6). No matter what trials and temptations come our way, God’s Word and Spirit are infinitely more powerful than any of Satan’s schemes. When we walk with the Spirit we can look at temptations as opportunities for us to show God that He is indeed the Master of our lives.


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Share The Love

There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey. When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons.
The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was, and he got up to leave but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever. When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But, before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”
Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.” But, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”
Moral: God is everywhere.  We just need to share our happiness and make others smile to feel him.

Wonderful Words

Sandy you are so genuine. When sitting in a room with you and many others, they all become faded and your honesty lights up!
You are the truth and your eyes are the most purest.

Your sister's heart speaking.


godiz - How do i hold back my tears, from this unexpected text message that i just got? BUuHUuuu!!! Her words are always beyond. I just can't deal. I luuuuub youw! so much.

Thirty O

Ready, set, done... heading to my cousin's 30th b-day dinner.
A overjoyed and surprised birthday girl!
We were served appetizers, snacks, food, sweets, cake you name it...
yummy, yum, yumz... everything was delicious.
A great evening.. with a part of the girlie cousin crew.
My outfit, my lipstick and my newly dyed end's... Happy b-day Sunshine!

Truth To The Youth


godiz - I see myself so much in this. I believe basically the same things. Even from the way she was in school, her style and also the calmness, creativity, goofiness, modesty, morals, shyness and strength. I always say, "I'd rather be righteous over right". I love this woman <3 such a great role model and she was only 25 here, WOW! a rare gem. And let me tell you I'm rarely on the same page with people, and I'm super picky in what i take in... but this could have pretty much been me up there. She is one of my favorite female artists out there, no doubt. God's work really stands out when you let Him in. Witness!

Prayer: A God Given Promise

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24) These words from the Gospel according to Mark leave us breathless. God promises to hear and answer our prayers when we pray in faith. In John 16:23-24, Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." Here again is an awesome, God given promise for prayer. God will respond to requests made in Yeshua's name. These promises are given as gifts from God. If we were to take them out of context of the rest of the New Testament, they would appear to be "carte blance" for our every desire. Prayer is one way in which believers claim the promises of God. God's promises are not "stand-alone" texts. They are part of our God-given new relationship in Jesus Christ (Yeshua) In John 15:7, Jesus says, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." We must understand that the God-given promise of prayer is not for our selfish whims, the destruction of others, or the arbitrary manipulation of our own lives. God will not break His word to answer our prayers. God's answers may not always appear in the form or at the time we expect. The challenge to our faith is to trust God is faithful, and will work all things for our own good no matter what happens. In Matthew chapter six, Jesus teaches His disciples about prayer - what we have come to call The Lord's Prayer. At the end of the chapter, Jesus emphasizes that we should pray and not worry, because God is more than able to care for our material and physical needs. God's will is to supply our needs through Christ, in this life as well as the next. In verse 33, Jesus says "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." God's prayer promises are part of God's play to redeem all creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are expected to pray based upon a knowledge of and belief in God's Word as revealed to us in Christ. We are to come to God in faith, believing that God is faithful to hear and answer our prayers as God's story continues to be revealed in us.
Read - Mark 11:24; see also Jeremiah 33:3; John 14:13-14; Acts 2:33; 2 Peter 1;2-4; Jude 20.

Enjoying :)

The small things in life...

Welcome...

Welcome to a world committing the sweetest of suicides, it`s death by gluttony
Welcome to a world of humans, starving for humanity,
gradually digressing into animals, blinded by Satan`s lover, we call him technology
Welcome to a world that defiles the meek,
Wickedness is the source of our strength
Welcome to a world where morality is considered weak
Justice is justified by the needs of past religions and the wealthy, who are numbered few
Where our un-pure thoughts, and filthy wants, defecates on the righteousness within you
Welcome to a world of little boys and girls,
Hoarding cowardly thoughts of being real fathers to knocked-up mothers
Welcome to a world of incest, where we are called to be brothers and sisters
yet we can`t wait to lay with each other
They say knowledge is the murderer of faith, and it`s true as far as I can tell
Welcome to a world of paradox,
cause the more we learn and open our minds
The closer we all get to the realm of hell
Welcome to a world that treats the homeless with utter disgust, and contempt
Although most of us are living from paycheck to paycheck
Welcome to a world that worships you, not based on the quality of your soul
But the quantity of your sins, when he who dies with the most toys, wins
Welcome to a world of hypocrites,
self-hating mortals committing genocides and holocausts
Society decries the evils of these men of the past,
While today in the mid part of the world the same amount of lives are still lost
Welcome to the world of glazed eyes,
where you need to bleed sometimes to feel like you belong
your head is attached to a swivel heeding the whispers of angels and demons
as you try to maintain more rights in your life than wrongs
the songs of your sins harmonize with the beauty of reality
Welcome to this beautiful fragile ball we call earth
Where sin is what we call brave and faith is smaller than a grain of salt.
In this thirsty land of dreams we enter
Where truth is trying to be reached but is turned to the new hate speech.
I just wanted to thank You for making me stronger..

Welcome!


Yaye!


godiz - And here we go again... just when you thought winter was coming to and end.

Take In

godiz - I'm finished... worked from 7-6. Got me some thai-food, jumped in the shower, wearing my cozy fleece onesie, about to relax this tired body, watch an animal-documentary as i dig into my meal. Have a blessed evening :-)

Livi's 1'st B-day Party!

godiz - Happy Birthday to the so adorable baby girl Olivia. Your favorite "aunties" loves ya!
All the children were too cute. Moosi heads the whole bunch <3
Olivia looked happy strolling around in her tutu skirt.. until her uncle the bearded clown came.
I believe that must have been the worst highlight of the day for her lol I feel you lil' one...

We Be Baking

godiz - Walnut Brownies and Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies. YAS!

He Said...

Your picture
is scrumptious
I could gaze
at your beauty
endlessly...
Tell me,
Is your heart
as lovely as
your face....?

Back At It

Warm-Up Dance

video

godiz - Improvising with a silly dance before workout...

Food 4 Thought

  1. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - I would be a very mature 17 year old woman.
  2. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be? - Do not conform to this world, be strong and love others like yourself.
  3. Is it possible to lie, without saying a word? - I believe the mind can lie, to make you believe something that's not.
  4. If not now, then when? - When the time is right.
  5. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? - Probably nothing.
  6. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of? - No
  7. Have you done anything lately worth remembering? - Being my sisters maid of honor.
  8. Who do you love, what are you doing about it? - I love God, and I'm trying to do His will.
  9. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just do what you know is right? - The right thing is always the right thing to do.
  10. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength? - It could be a sign of weakness release to build up strength or a sign of strength, cause not everybody is strong enough to let go.
  11. Would you break the law to save a loved one? - Indeed! i would.
  12. When you're old and gray, what will matter to you the most? The same that matters today, Love, Health and Faith!
  13. Do you ask enough questions? Or do you settle for what you know? I ask questions, settling or not.
  14. Do you celebrate the things you do have? - I do, i feel blessed with the things i have.
  15. When it's all said and done, will you have said more than you've done? I talk and walk so hopefully, equally.
  16. When was the last time you tried something new? - Today...
  17. Which activities makes you lose track of time? When i get my creativity on or when i daydream.
  18. If you would do it all over again, would you change anything? Yes i would change many things. 
  19. What is the different between living and existing? Existing is being, living is doing.
  20. If you had a friend that spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend? - I like to keep it real, and i like when people keep it real. Nothing i say or do comes from a bad place.
  21. If you had to teach something, what would you teach? - The Gospel 
  22. Time or money? - Time
  23. Are you aware that someone has it worse than you do? - Yes, i am very much aware.
  24. What makes you smile? - JESUS!
  25. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life? - Love <3