February 22, 1995

How To Avoid Falling Into Temptation

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A friend met regularly for a Bible study with a small group of high-school boys, some of whom were more committed than others to their walks with Christ. Before they met one week, my friend learned that some of his protégé had become regular participants in the high-school party scene.

As it happened, that week's discussion was on the Holy Spirit. Rather than confront the boys directly, my friend asked a series of leading questions. Who is the Holy Spirit? One-third of the Trinity. He is God. And if you have given your life to Christ, what role does the Holy Spirit play? He is there to guide us. Where is He? Well, He lives in our hearts. So wherever you go, the Holy Spirit is there with you? Yes. OK, so if the Holy Spirit is God living within your heart and He goes wherever you go, here's the real question: Where have you been taking Him lately?

The Book of Psalms opens by contrasting the righteous and the wicked. The psalmist describes a righteous person as someone who doesn't follow the lead of people who mock God by living in habitual sin and someone who delights in and meditates on God's laws.

Because we live in a world filled with sin, most of us end up working with or around people who don't know Jesus. Not only are they sinners—as we are—but also they sin without regret or remorse. That's just how they live. And they see no reason that we shouldn't join them. Why not cut corners? Why not gossip? Why not enjoy a one-night stand while on a business trip?

Just before Jesus was arrested, He went off to pray. He took Peter, James, and John with Him and instructed them to stand, watch, and pray. He came back three times, each time finding them asleep. And what did He say to them? “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (Mark 14:38).

It's when we let our guards down, neglecting prayer and God's Word, that we drift into the “counsel of the wicked.” So the question is, Where have you been taking the Holy Spirit lately?

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