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Perhaps you know a financially struggling believer who is being tempted to cheat his/her employer of expenses money or the IRS of taxes or perhaps even God of the tithes and other offerings that He expects.

Perhaps you know an emotionally struggling believer whose marriage is in poor shape and who is eyeing that “green grass” on the other side of the fence. Perhaps that believer has already started grazing in the poisoned pasture.

Or perhaps you know a grudge-controlled believer whose once-pleasant disposition has become soured by unforgiveness because someone “dared” offend him or her, perhaps even unknowingly.

We are to pray for such folk so that their hearts will not only soften but will become more attentive to the voice of the Lord.

Yes, they’re facing temptations that can be hard to resist, particularly if bad “me-ology” replaces good theology.

But if they’ll look, there’s always a faithful escape path from temptations they face.

God promises so.

It’s not easy to stand firm and faithful in the above circumstances.

But it’s a whole lot easier in eternity — and ultimately in this life — for those who do.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul had to say about those moments when believers find themselves at a fork in the road:

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to us all. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (I Cor. 10:13)

I don’t know what temptations you’re facing now. But I do know that Satan hates God and hates you and does anything he can to lure you away from faithful living.

Remember that Satan is a liar, murderer, thief and extremely smart.

He also has nothing more to lose.

But you and I do have much to lose.

As in everything.

Please…. test every thought and feeling against the Word of God. Here’s a useful test passage to have on hand — Philippians 4:8-9.

Eternity is too valuable of a treasure to throw it away for departure from the path of faith, no matter how satisfied Satan says we’ll be.

As always, I love you

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