Charles Stanley Quote

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When you are tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember the Lord’s guidance.

From Isaiah 30:15:  “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:  In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

Greed’s Footprints

From Hebrews 13:5:  “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for He has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.'”

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Coveting greed, money, power

Like Judas, actions tasting sour

 

God’s teachings, pushing them aside

Sowing seeds, giving up control

Loving money above all else

Trading Christ, reaping sin’s bankroll

 

Souls filling with love of money

Lusting for power, endless greed

Selling even our Savior Jesus

Cashing evil’s footprints, each deed

 

Life’s journey ending in ruins

Betraying Christ for power’s game

Walking with our selfish Judas

Missing out on Salvation’s claim

 

Lovers of ourselves, over Christ

Following evil’s empty voice

Draining life’s grace-empty wallets

Realizing now, God offers choice

 

Born into this world, with nothing

Taking nothing from planet earth

Living within self, contentment

Walking with Jesus, our rebirth

 

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From 1 Timothy 6:9-10:  “But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”

Grace-Filled Light (Elfchen Series #33)

Temptation

Lurking nearby

Obeying God’s commandments

Filled with His righteousness

Vanquished

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Darkness

Our fears

Life’s every trouble

Praise the Lord’s goodness

Deliverance

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Light

From God

Through His Son

Defeating sin and death

Salvation

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Forsaking Temptation

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Our Lord Jesus

Following baptism at the Jordan River

Led by the Spirit, His Holy Caregiver

 

Traveling into the barren wilderness darkness

Facing the enemy’s temptation, its starkness

 

Fasting and praying over forty long days and nights

Comforted and encouraged by His Father’s might

 

Famished with hunger

Cunning enemy of darkness makes his empty sales pitch

Tempted to turn stone into bread, Jesus will never switch

 

Jesus answers:

“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”

 

Taken to the Holy City

From the top of temple’s highest pinnacle

Desperate enemy becomes ever cynical

 

Tempted to plunge Himself down to the ground

Mocking Jesus, God’s angels should be around

 

Jesus responds:

“Again it is written, Do not put the Lord your God to the test”

 

Arriving at the highest summit

Viewing below, this kingdom’s richness and vastness

No one can ever remain faithful with steadfastness

 

Come, worship the enemy’s empty, deceitful shrine

Tempted to accept this false kingdom, never Mine

 

Jesus refutes:

“Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him”

 

We, ourselves, facing similar darkest temptations

Jesus stood firm, through God’s sound foundation

 

We are blessed with much the same encouragement

Read, study, follow the Bible without discouragement

 

Accepting and following Jesus, our Holy Savior and Lord

Through Salvation to Eternal Life, choose God’s accord

 

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The Scripture verses come from Matthew 4:4, 4:7, and 4:10.

Rick Warren Quote

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It is easier to stay out of temptation than to get out of it.

From 1 Corinthians 10:13:  “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone.  God is faithful, and He will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing He will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.”