James 1:13-14 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me”. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each of you are tempted when you are dragged away by your own sinful desire and enticed. I have to admit something to all of you out there, I am a sinner and a bad one at that. I decided to take a walk last night and it was pretty dark out. The path was only lit up by faint lights every twenty feet or so but it made the walkway look so very clean. Every once in a while I would see a little pebble and would kick it away trying to keep it nice looking. The farther along in my journey, the more rocks would be there, so many in fact that it was impossible to get them all off the track . This feels like the sin in my life, once I let one pebble in it just produces more sin than can be handled. After you have sin so much you start to feel a huge distance between God and yourself, like you’ll never get back to where you were with Him. That is why it’s incredibly important to when you are being tempted to pray hard and know that God is with you, but also to walk away knowing that you want to be with God more then the sin that is tempting you. The devil will entice you with a full arsenal of evil desires so we need to stand firm in our faith. Are you tempted or overwhelmed by any type of sin in your life today? Do you want to keep on God’s path and taste the victory over the evil one? If your answer is yes then let us bow our heads in prayer. Heavenly Father thank you for blessing us with the power of prayer to help us conquer the temptations in our lives. Lord we ask you to place a shield of protection around us today to block any and all attacks from the devil. In Jesus precious name , AMEN

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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