Topic: Don’t Delay! [November 21, 2016]
All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray, that you may not come into temptation. The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak. — Matthew 26:41
The secret of Samson's strength was his long hair. God told him not to cut his hair and promised that as long as he obeyed, he would be able to do awesome things. Satan wanted to destroy Samson, so he sent temptation in the form of Delilah, who repeatedly pressured him to reveal the secret of his strength. After Samson eventually told her, she cut his hair while he was sleeping.
When Satan comes to tempt us, he is persistent, hoping to eventually wear us out. This is exactly what happened to Samson. Just as Satan knew Samson's weakness for women and used it against him, he also knows our weaknesses and tries to take advantage of them.
Let me encourage you to be aware of your weaknesses and to pray regularly for God to strengthen you in them. Don't wait until you are in deep trouble and then begin to pray; pray ahead of time. Let your new motto be: "I won't delay; I'll pray right away!"
In today's Scripture Jesus told His disciples to pray not to come into temptation, and He said the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. He never said temptation would not come. He said to pray that they would not give in when temptation comes. We will be tempted, but God will give us the ability to resist if we are faithful to pray for His strength to recognize and resist whatever attack Satan sends our way, especially when he tries to hit us in our weak spots.
Love Yourself Today: When you're tempted, remember: Don't delay, pray right away!