Read: James 4:1-10

Reflection:
The pursuit of godliness is the journey we are on as followers of Jesus, but if we are honest, it can be extremely difficult at times. Eugene Peterson says the Christian life is one of walking in a long obedience in the same direction. Moment by moment, day by day, year by year faithfulness is what we are in pursuit of. The question we need to ask ourselves is this: how do we overcome temptation when we feel overwhelmed and ready to give in? James gives us some guidance today. The greatest security against any temptation that the enemy may try and bring our way is the security that comes from God. We must remember that the enemy, though he may be wise, is absolutely nothing compared to the strong hand of God. God is far greater than the enemy could ever hope to be. Therefore, do you want to overcome temptation? Draw close. Draw near to God and He will protect you. Having a thriving relationship with the Lord is greater than any “technique” we may try in our battle for holiness. Today, draw near to your Protector who will always defend you.

Questions for Personal Prayer
How does prayer help you to overcome temptation and resist the enemy? How can you draw near to God today in moments of temptation?

Corporate Prayer
Local Pastors of the churches in our community
God to help use our local churches to be a light in the Tri-State and make disciples

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