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Thursday, October 24, 2013

When You're Tempted, God Wants to Help

In summary of Psalm 50:15 it says, “Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

Bottom Line:
When trouble comes, I will save you, you will glorify me

What this means to me:
I can call on God when I face trouble.  He will save me and I will give him all the glory.  The Bible tells me that God is always ready to help. He tells me to pray, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”  When I do, this becomes a prayer of deliverance and asking God for help.  The prayer of deliverance can often be just one word: “Help!” It doesn’t have to be long in fact, I can do a microwave prayer such as: “Help! Keep my eyes straight. I don’t like this person. I do not like the way my relative treats me, and I’m going to see him today. Oh, God! You’ve got to help me! I lose my Christianity when I’m around that person. I really need your help today, because everything in me just wants to slug him!”  The Bible is full of examples of people who’ve prayed for deliverance, (David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul.) God provides assistance to anyone who asks. The great thing is that I can expect God to help because he promised it in His word.  Psalm 50:15 says, “Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (NIV). God says you don’t have to have a long conversation. You can just say, “Help! Mayday! SOS! God, I’m facing something now that willpower won’t help me get through.”  God will be sympathetic to my situation. He knows everything that’s going on in my life. He knows how irritating those people can be. He knows the things that tempt me. As an example, in verse Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT, “Jesus understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to our gracious God and then we will receive his mercy and grace to help us when we need it.”   He sympathetic because He faced the same temptations. The Bible says Jesus was tempted in all ways as I was, yet he did not sin. That’s the difference. He never gave in. He had the freedom to choose.  God can help me overcome. The Bible says, “Come boldly to God.” Come and say “Mayday! SOS! I need your help.” God won’t be ticked with me when I’m tempted. He’s not going to scold me, instead He says, “I’m here to help.”