To you I cry, O Lord of lights,
Illumine my soul, and hear my plea;
The devil is near with flaming darts,
Make swift my feet, that I might flee.
Come touch my heart and make me whole,
Fill every need, make glory shine;
And under your hand, no plan shall fail,
When Word and Deed in faith combine.
“How,” the man thought to himself, “how
Did I ever reach this lowest point in my life?
And now it seems I have no strength to stop.
The end is in sight, this path’s ignoble ruin.
Must I observe my final steps to death?”
He did not reach his present state at once,
But inch by imperceptible inch was moved
Away from ultimate good, by a velvet voice,
His conscience squelched, his eternal soul convinced
That one small step made no real difference.
Blessed be the God who leads us not into temptation, who with every temptation provides us a way of escape, who clothes us with spiritual armor to be able to stand our ground on the evil day and extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one! This is our God who detains all power and authority and has given us the final victory!
READ: “So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry” 1 Cor 10.14.
THINK: Paul uses the verb flee in the sense of “to keep from doing [something] by avoiding it because of its potential damage, flee from, avoid, shun” (BGAD). Besides idolatry, the saint flees from sexual immorality, 1 Cor 6.18 (because this “is never right” 1 Cor 6.13 NBV), “all these things” (love of money, etc.), 1 Tim 6.11, “youthful passions” 2 Tim 2.22. This flight permits the pursuit of the virtues of Christ, 1 Tim 6.11. It reminds one of Joseph, Gen 39.12. Sin must be dealt with in a serious way. Continue reading
Two editors of important scientific journals have affirmed that a good part of published studies — perhaps half of them — “may simply be untrue.”/1 Continue reading
Then the devil led him up to a high place … Then the devil brought him to Jerusalem, had him stand on the highest point of the temple …
Luke 4.5, 9 NET
On the high places also does the devil throw down his temptations at us. At the peaks of life he comes to offer us the easy way and the show of pride.
People sometimes discuss whether the devil could have fulfilled his promise to Jesus when he offered him authority over all the kingdoms of the world, Luke 4.5.
First, we must remember that the devil is a liar and uses lies to tempt people. Continue reading
Many millennia ago, man identified the golden mean. The principle doesn’t work in every area, but Agur found one in which it would help him serve God better. Continue reading
“Have you considered my servant Job?” Remember that God blesses and proves his servants. Also remember that Satan, through God’s permission and against his purpose, seeks to tear them down. It may well be that those servants who suffer most are those whom God most prizes.