Chapter 169 [Day 340]: Sunday 21 February
Good morning all
One of the sad facts of life is that we continually being subjected to temptation. The purpose of most commercial advertising is to tempt us through subtle persuasion that we absolutely need to buy something – a desirable object, a nice holiday, a service or a makeover. I once heard someone say that Satan is the patron saint of advertising as he is the master of temptation, deception and lies.
We are constantly facing temptation, although thankfully much of the time not too serious. At the beginning of last week, Karen opened a small box of ‘posh’ chocolates we received at Christmas. We decided to allow ourselves 2 chocs each per day enjoyed with a mug of tea in the evening. We maintained the discipline until Thursday when having each chosen our 2 chocs, there were only 2 left in the box so we decided to finish off the last 2 there and then. Ok we gave in to a small temptation but hopefully without serious consequence.
Maybe the temptation after these long weeks of lockdown is to go out when it’s non-essential, or invite family and friends round for a party? Perhaps the temptation is to buy more clothes even though we know we don’t really need them? Perhaps we are tempted to exaggerate or spread gossip and rumour? Or after months of lockdown maybe we are tempted to just give up, give in and stop hoping and believing?
But there are other serious temptations that are fired at us which we need to be able to resist. Criminal activity is born out of yielding to temptation – to lie, to steal, to dishonesty, to seek revenge or to destroy. Husbands and wives can be attacked with the temptation to infidelity. People can become addicted from yielding to temptation to alcohol, drugs, pornography, wealth and status. How can we as Christians stand against and protect ourselves from those slippery slopes and know victory over temptation?
1 Corinthians 10:13 - The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Today we watch the sixth and final episode of our ‘Overcomers’ series looking at the Christian’s armour described by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6. In previous weeks we have considered 5 pieces of armour that defend us from the attacks of the enemy, but today we look at the sword of the Word of God which is able to give us victory. So, the dual themes for today are the Bible and victory. Given all that we have endured over the past 12 months we certainly need the encouragement that we can overcome and be victorious through Christ.
The video service today lasts 40 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21746082
· Tomorrow will be the funeral of Reg Gunnell and if you would like to watch the service from Sutton Crematorium, it will be live from 11:30am, or you can watch it later. Click on the following link >>> https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view and then you will need to enter the Login / Order ID: 75843 and Password: drtsrwwx
· Update from Sally Coulson about her father in law - Having been poorly again on Sunday night he had a pacemaker fitted Monday, left hospital on Tuesday but groggy, Luke, his grandson, stayed with him, then Wednesday Mike stayed with him. He is now doing well and can look after himself. We are just spoiling him with cooked meals for dinner and sandwiches at lunch. They say the pacemaker should last 10 years which will keep him going until he is 99! Many thanks for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
· A day without sunshine is like night.
· Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
· OK, so what's the speed of dark?
· On the other hand, you have different fingers.
· 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
· 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
· He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
· Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
· The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
· Support bacteria. They're the only culture many people have.
· A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
· Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
More on Wednesday