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Fellowship with Jesus does not guarantee loyalty to Him. 

It takes more than that. (1)

 

My Dad raised me to be loyal.  It is one of those values which he holds to tightly.  I am not sure why loyalty is so important to him, but it is.  Perhaps he was once stung by the kiss of betrayal. 

 

Jesus had 12 close friends into which he had poured out His heart and soul.  They were together 24/7 for three years.  Who could ask for a more loyal group of friends?  Jesus could!

 

In the moment of His greatest need, after unveiling the disloyalty of one of His friends, Jesus asked His remaining friends to stay awake and pray for Him while He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.  The friends slept.  This was only the beginning.

 

For three years they had been with Jesus, worshipped with Him, prayed with Him, and grew in faith as He discipled them.  Jesus had fed them, protected them, saved them, inspired them, and strengthened them.

 

Then one dark night, it was all for nought.

 

I see many Christians do the same thing.

 

They worship, sing, pray, listen, and use His name frequently.  They have tight fellowship with Jesus, until the world offers them a better deal.

 

The world’s offerings are varied.  You may be offered 30 silver coins from men in power or you may be desperate for popularity when a little girl asks you a question among campfire friends.  

 

Quietly we slip away from Jesus enjoying the jingle in our pocket and hoping the rooster does not crow.

 

Regret always comes before sun rise when you are disloyal to Jesus.

 

Being tight with Jesus today does not guarantee you will be tight with Him tonight.

 

What are you doing to protect yourself from being disloyal to Him?

 

I pray:

“Lord, lead me not into temptation. Protect me from the Evil One, the great tempter.  Guard my heart and mind, keep me close to You.” (2)

 

Will Jesus find you worshipping Him tomorrow?  It’s going to be a beautiful day!

 

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  1. Jim L. Wilson, Fresh Start Devotionals (Fresno, CA: Willow City Press, 2009).
  2. Matthew 6:13 and Philippians 4:7
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Temptations have come in like a flood!

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They always do!

Growing up near a river and the beach taught me a valuable lesson, water always wins!  Water invades space with the same persistent power that a weed uses to split concrete and rise up in the tiniest of all cracks.

Temptations are all the same.  They are real!  They are persistent!  They are powerful!

Anyone who under-estimates the power of temptation is foolish.

Temptation is Sin dressed up for The Inaugural Ball.  She is so beautiful as she flirts and entices the crowd.  While many may resist her charm, all she wants it just one person to swoon over her and become her publicist.  Then that person will begin to escort victim after victim into her open arms and reassuringly soft and warm caresses.

Once she has you in her arms, she turns a deaf ear to your kind-hearted pleas that she leave you.

Evil never surrenders its grasp without a tremendous fight.  Satan is not put to flight by our courteous requests. (1)

There is only one way to safely escape rising water: flee to higher ground.  Sandbags and restraining walls only hold back water that does not crest above their reach.  Many people have drowned behind a wall not built high enough.

Temptation’s twin, The Evil One, will try to convince you that a wall of self-determination will keep the rising temptation at bay.  It never happens.

This is why Jesus taught us to pray to God:

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (2)

It’s The Evil One who tells us that giving into temptation will not harm us.  He is the one who grabs your heel and holds you to the lower ground.  You need deliverance from him.

In addition to Jesus’ prayer, I have found it best to to high-tail it to higher ground when temptations are rising like a flood.

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  1. Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. Streams in the Desert (p. 98). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
  2. The Holy Bible: New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996), Matthew 6:13.

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