OUR DAILY BREAD 5 JUNE 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — Useful Temptation

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OUR DAILY BREAD 5 JUNE 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — Useful Temptation

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

OUR DAILY BREAD 5 JUNE 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

( Friday 5 June 2020 )

TOPIC: Useful Temptation

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Bible in a Year:

2 Chronicles 23–24

John 15

Humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

James 1:21

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

James 1:2–5, 12–21

OUR DAILY BREAD 5 JUNE 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

Fifteenth-century monk Thomas à Kempis, in the beloved classic The Imitation of Christ, offers a perspective on temptation that might be a bit surprising.

OUR DAILY BREAD 5 JUNE 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Instead of focusing on the pain and difficulties temptation can lead to, he writes, “[temptations] are useful because they can make us humble, they can cleanse us, and they can teach us.” Kempis explains, “The key to victory is true humility and patience; in them we overcome the enemy.”

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Humility and patience. How different my walk with Christ would be if that were how I naturally responded to temptation! More often, I react with shame, frustration, and impatient attempts to get rid of the struggle.

OUR DAILY BREAD 5 JUNE 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

But, as we learn from James 1, the temptations and trials we face don’t have to be without purpose or merely a threat we endure. Although giving in to temptation can bring heartbreak and devastation (vv. 13–15), when we turn to God with humble hearts seeking His wisdom and grace, we find He “gives generously to all without finding fault” (v. 5). Through His power in us, our trials and struggles to resist sin build perseverance, “so that [we] may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (v. 4).

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As we trust in Jesus, there’s no reason to live in fear. As God’s dearly loved children, we can find peace as we rest in His loving arms even as we face temptation.

By: Monica La Rose

OUR DAILY BREAD 5 JUNE 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

How might an attitude of humility and patience change how you respond to a current temptation or struggle? How is it freeing?

Jesus, I’m saddened when I realize how often I try to face life’s temptations and struggles on my own—as if I’m self-sufficient, as if I don’t need You. Thank You for Your unending love and patience with me.

The sweetest and biggest thing to ever happen to you is to make a decision to be saved through JESUS CHRIST. If you have not made that decision. Please make that decision now and say ” Lord Jesus forgive me for my sins and have mercy on me, thank you for dying for me on the cross, take me as your son / daughter and be my father. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME, in JESUS CHRIST NAME AMEN.
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