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by Benjamin Munsell on February 23, 2022

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Blessed is the man that Endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the Crown of Life, which the Lord hath promised TO THEM THAT LOVE HIM. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, NEITHER TEMPTETH HE ANY MAN: But every man is tempted, WHEN HE IS DRAWN AWAY OF HIS OWN LUST, AND ENTICED. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:12-15. (As an illustration). Let's say you have a weakness for candy bars and eat them when you shouldn't. Candy bars are out there and available, and many people can eat them with no problem. But the Lord has told you NOT to eat the candy bar. So far, no sin. You see the candy bar and it "looks good". You are Tempted, (it looks tasty), and you WANT to eat it, BUT YOU TURN AWAY AND CAST DOWN EVEN THE IDEA OF EATING THE CANDY BAR, and no longer even think about it. Temptation seen and cast down, moving on, NO SIN. OR, you see the candy bar, START THINKING ABOUT IT, considering all the pros and cons, AND TAKE A Bite. Now that temptation has turned into disobedience, and sin. (Illustration), and you die because you didn't know you had a severe allergy to this candy bar. The Lord did not tempt you, Satan did. The Lord ALLOWED you to see the candy bar, that you could recognize you had a "Hearts Cry" weakness with candy bars, AND WOULD CALL OUT TO HIM FOR HELP TO DEAL WITH IT AND CHANGE THIS BAD HEART ATTITUDE, AS HE SHOWS YOU THE OBEDIENT WAY OUT OF THIS TEMPTATION. Later, the Doctor discovered your allergy and you dealt with it. The Lord will change your Heart as you allow Him to show you your Heart Issues, and listening to that Still, Small Voice, choose to Obey Him, all the day long, even when you don't understand why He said NO (to the candy bar), you blindly Obeyed, to Live another day. The days ahead of us will be full of temptations. Is your "Heart's Cry" for Obedience, that you may totally, Be Blessed? 

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