Billy Sunday Quote

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Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole.  Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.

From Matthew 4:1-4:  “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.  The tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’  But He answered, ‘It is written, One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Billy Sunday (1862-1935) was an American baseball player during the early years of professional baseball.  Fortunately for believers and nonbelievers, Sunday later became one of the most influential evangelists in America during the first two decades of the 20th century.

Living with Integrity

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “God understands our struggle to resist temptation and choose righteousness, and He has sent His Holy Spirit to help us live with integrity.”

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Walking blamelessly

Speaking truth from heart

Holding back thy tongue

Integrity starts


Drafting one’s beliefs

Adopting God’s Word

Standing by His oath

Integrity heard


Living in God’s light

Honoring Him here

Accepting His grace

Integrity steers


Submitting to God

Following His lead

Choosing righteousness

Integrity feeds


Carrying thy cross

Standing on God’s rock

Forsaking evil

Integrity walks


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From Psalm 15:1-5:  “Lord, who may abide in your tent?   Who may dwell on your holy hill?  Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.  Those who do these things shall never be moved.”

Faith’s Dilemma

From Romans 7:14-15:  “For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.  I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”

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Even after salvation

Evil gathers temptation


Satan never giving up

His truth always false, made-up


Man continues to wrestle

Sin looks for place to nestle


Feelings of condemnation

Life bears guilty fixation


Inner conflict tears apart

Jesus speaks truth to each heart


Faith’s dilemma overcome

Favored, steady, beating drum


Savior’s blood wipes sin away

Blessed by love, trust never sways


God’s grace eternally flows

His constant love never slows


Father shall never reject

Those who faithfully connect


False promises never blind

Truth of Scripture filling minds


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From Romans 8:1-2:  “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

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)


Lurking nearby

Obeying God’s commandments

Filled with His righteousness


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Our fears

Life’s every trouble

Praise the Lord’s goodness


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From God

Through His Son

Defeating sin and death


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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.”