[forthright] Be Thankful that with God's Help, You Can Make It

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From: Randal Matheny <randalm@...>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 08:25:13 -0200
Forthright Magazine
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Barry is back today with a grateful thought on standing
against temptation. And, by special request, here's the
whole article.


Be Thankful that with God’s Help, You Can Make It
by Barry Newton

Joblessness. Illnesses. Broken relationships. A victim
of abuse. Various types of temptations and trials.

Satan is at work in our world as a roaring lion to
destroy us. As the father of lies who appears as an
angel of light, he serves up tantalizing ideas which
seem reasonable and are attractive, but are deadly
harpoons. To Eve, the evil one offered the enticing
thought, "You will be like God knowing good and evil."
At other times he has unleashed waves of trial and
temptation such as he did upon Job.

Through such measures the devil desires to lead us into
rebellion against the Creator, thus driving us away
from God and under his insidious control. Satan sows
ideas and tries to orchestrate situations to cause
hopelessness and despair, bitterness and fleshly rage,
self-centeredness and greed to grow within our hearts.

Who are we to stand up against such incessant forces?

Praise be to God! Praise be to His Son! Because the one
who is in us is greater than the one who is in the
world, with our Lord’s help we will be victorious if we
maintain our faith. 1 John 4:4; 5:4

• God is faithful in limiting the tempter's snares to a
level we can bear. He also provides a way to escape
from them. 1 Corinthians 10:13

• God can keep us from falling and He will present us
before his glorious presence without fault! Jude 24

• If we submit to God and resist the devil, he will
flee from us. James 4:7

• There is nothing which can impose its will upon us to
force us away from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Nothing. Romans 8:35-39

Although we are in the midst of a spiritual battle, and
although the evil one controls the whole world, if we
belong to God and will put on the whole armor of God,
we can know that the one begotten of God has the power
and authority to keep us safe. 1 John 5:18-19;
Ephesians 5:10-18

If God is for us, who can be against us? Is there
anything equivalent to living securely in the embrace
of God?

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