When temptations come (1 Cor 10:13)
- Temptations happen to everyone, don’t feel singled out.
- Others have resisted temptation, and so can YOU.
- Any temptation can be resisted because God will show you a way out.
God will aide you and help you
- Recognize those people and situations that give you trouble.
- Run from anything you know is wrong.
- Choose to do only what is right.
- Pray for God’s help.
- Seek friends who love God and can offer help when you are tempted.
Running from a tempting situation is your first step on the way to victory.
You can take whatever you would like from what I am about to say, but it is something that I feel very passionately about.
If you like a girl, don’t be passive about it. Be bold.
I’m a firm believer that men are the pursuers, and it really bothers me when the girl feels like she has to pursue or the guy wants her to purse him.
What does it look like to be bold? I’ll give you a couple of examples.
- initiate conversations
- be clear on what is going on, maybe not right away but let her know “hey you’re pretty great and I would like to keep getting to know you and it possibly going somewhere” It may be a shocker men, but we aren’t wanting you to get down on your knee right there, we just need to know what is going on.
- if you want to ask her on a date, ask her. Rejection isn’t THAT scary, we all fear it but the only way you know is if you ask. So be a man, and if you really like the girl you’ll actually make the effort.
- Don’t go through people, or over text. Go right to the source, and tell her how you feel and where you want this friendship to go.
I could keep going on and on about this, but I hope that this somewhat helps. I can’t say all girls feel this way, but a lot that I know feel this way. Just trying to help my brothers in christ out, I hope it was somewhat helpful.
I leave you with the wise words of Sara Bareilles
"say what you want to say, and let the words fall out, honestly I want to see you be brave."
"The deepest desire of our hearts is for union with God. From the first moment of our existence our most powerful yearning is to fulfill the original purpose of our lives- “To see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, follow Him more nearly” we are made for God, and nothing less will really satisfy us."Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
Lately it’s been a constant struggle of remembering that my worth is in God, and God alone. I constantly want to please, and win the approval of others, I want to put others before myself so much so that it’s unhealthy. I’m worn out, better yet burnt out. While I know my strength comes from The Lord, I am depending on everyone around me. Handing over all these weighty burdens that are hanging so tightly onto me, dragging me down.
Each time I give people little pieces of me, it doesn’t make the situation better. If I’m being completely honest, sometimes it just makes it worse. I’m a dweller, a fixer, and I’m a runner. I run from the very person that will give me peace, that will take my burdens and give me rest. I sometimes believe that there is no way God could help me, that i’m just too far deep in all these worries, doubts, circumstances, and thoughts that I’m just too much for God. And right now I laugh and say Lauren that’s silly… He is God. In the moments though I forget who He is and what He is capable of- I let the devil tell me I’m too far gone and that I should just place my worth in the things of this world. That it’ll make me feel good, that it gives me purpose. That’s a load of bull. I’ve been living this way, and it isn’t satisfying, it doesn’t make me feel good, if anything I feel empty.
I’m being so vulnerable right now, because I know I’m not the only one who buys into this. I know that this trap is fallen into daily by a multitude of people. It’s been a month and I’ve been fighting my flesh daily. I have been intentionally making sure that I am in the word every day, whether that be once or how ever many times I need Him. I have been trying to work on praying more, and handing God my worries, struggles, and being completely honest with what I am feeling. I have started to say no, I am the girl who wants to always do everything and be at 20 places at one time. I have been sitting in my room, trying to sit in silence and hear what The Lord has to say to me. While that is one of the most frustrating things ever, because 99.9% of the times I don’t hear anything or get distracted it is teaching me to be still, and just be obedient. I’m defin
initely a work in progress, and I still fail at it continually but I’m trying. And God sees that and it’s enough. I’m a sinner in need of a lot of grace and whole ton of patience.
Let me know if this may be you too, and we can come along side each other and encourage one another. And if you could all just be praying that each day this gets a whole lot easier and that I can set aside my selfish desires and run hard after the Lord.
Keep your eyes on me! Waves of adversity are washing over you, and you feel tempted to give up. As your circumstances consume more and more of your attention, you are losing sight of Me. Yet I am with you always, holding you by your right hand. I am fully aware of your situation, and I will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear.
Your gravest danger is worrying about tomorrow. If you try to carry must tomorrow’s burdens today, you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. You must discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. It is in the present moment that I walk close to you, helping you carry your burdens. Keep your focus on My Presence in the present.
Response:Lately there have been a lot of distractions in my life, and I have most definitely allowed them to take over. I wouldn’t say I completely took my eyes off God because I still was constantly checking He was number one. But feelings and situations lately have been pretty crippling to my faith and I just feel like I have allowed myself to be distracted. I constantly worry about tomorrow and struggle constantly with patience. So this is my continual prayer, that I would take it day by day and focus on His presence. And in the end, The Lord is going to do with my life what He wants to make of it. This life has nothing to do with me, and I have most certainly forgotten that.