Overcoming Temptations


Tell me what you believe and why, what you hope for and why, and who you love and why, and I will tell you who you are. We long for someone to tell us who we are, so that we will know why we are here and be comforted that our life has meaning. We need somehow to make sense of the pains and pleasures of this life, some way to relate the realities of earthly life to our eternal life, to understand as much as possible the ways and the mind of God. Without this understanding, life is unbearably painful – trials have no purpose and pleasure holds no joy – everything is meaningless; life and death hold no hope of redemption, of gaining something for having lived and died well.

After being baptized as an example for us, Jesus began his teaching ministry by teaching us how to deal with the temptation of the enemy, for temptation by the enemy is a fact of life, inevitable and unavoidable, part of the human condition. If Christ chose to teach us these principles before anything else, we should give these teachings their due consideration, for we must learn to overcome temptation if we are to walk side by side with Our Savior and Our Father.

Christ tells us that we don’t live by merely mortal means but by every spoken word of God – his precepts, his promises, and the whispers of his presence. Physical life without spiritual life is hardly worth living. This earthly life was never intended to satisfy our souls or especially our spirits. Hearing from God is not merely optional for us who would live well; it really is a necessity for all of us. A man may appear to prosper for a time by his own strength, but time and chance overtake every man, and then the quality of his soul’s foundation will be tested. If the foundation is self reliance, it will crumble and the man’s life will be in peril. If our foundation is God reliance, come what may and we will still be standing. And not just standing, but rejoicing and prospering in soul and spirit.

Christ also told us not to tempt God. We tempt God when we presume on his goodness and grace and behave foolishly, expecting him to rescue us simply because we belong to him. He very often does rescue us when we sin in ignorance and have not yet learned his ways. However, there will come a day when he expects us to have learned how to live righteously – not that we will never stumble but that we have learned to avoid many of the snares that often tripped us up in our youth. The God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory in Christ, after we have suffered a little while, will himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. ~1 Peter 5:10 

Lastly, we are told not to serve and worship Satan or the physical world – not its people, it’s pleasures, or its possessions. Rather, we are to worship and serve the Lord alone. He is to be our treasure and pleasure, our ambition, and our life. Everything visible is destined to burn when the new eternal heaven and earth appear. All that will survive the translation is our character, our true friends, and our new family. When we behold Christ face to face, we may wonder how we were ever beguiled by mere physical phantoms.

                      ~Brad Heilhecker 

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Restoration Stories – Turyatunga Felex 


My names are Turyatunga Felex. I am 23 years old from Uganda Africa. I was born in a polygamous family where my daddy had over 14 children and 4 wives. 

 I was 4 years old when my dad abandoned us and left us alone with our mother, with no one to help. Our mother had no money to take me to school and to feed us. Our Dad would come home for only mistreating us and fighting with our mother. 

 Everyday life was a mess. 

 

Our mother tried her level best and made me study and completed primary school and all in my pain. At school I could study for one week and the school directors could send me back to home for fees and with nowhere to get it I would have to spend some weeks home looking for fees myself but all in pain and when I was completing my primary six level our mother also left us alone because of my dad afflictions toward her.  

I lost everything and everyone at that moment I was left homeless. I had to look for where to get survival from. I went to the streets of Kampala where I start life from. When on street life was not easy at all. I had nowhere to stay, I had nothing to eat and with nothing to put on. 

I could move into hotel pits to get what to eat but all in vain it was a hell. While on street God was merciful to me and saved me from the pits when I accepted Jesus as my personal savior, from then on I started believing God and I start hoping in him that one day my life will change. 

 I started sleeping in church but with nothing to eat. From there God was merciful to me and brought one who was merciful to me sponsoring me in school again he paid for only one term, because I was bright the school gave me bursary till I finished high school. 

After high school I had no one to take me to the university so I went to church again and I start ministering. I also sleep in church when every one had left.

 I loved helping others whom I met on the streets. I could go there and preach to them. God taught me many things. I learnt his word, I joined a missions team called gospel tour ministry., and we started moving to the villages helping those in need and the poor as we pray and preach to them.  

I am setting up an orphanage home to help kids who are on the street, who are in diaspora like I was in. Those who lost parental love and care so that they can have the care and love lost from their parents. I sponsor them in schools as well. 

May God bless you as you read my life story, as we wait for part two in Jesus’ name Amen. 

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. ~ Psalm 107:20-22 KJV 

To help support Turyatunga’s orphanage mission see the link to his Go Fund Me page Here now. 

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