Temptation 

WORTHY THOUGHT: When you flee from temptation be sure not to leave a forwarding address. -Unknown

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.~James 4:7 ESV 

The enemy wants nothing better than to upset you and get you on the road to self-destruction. 

Continue to walk in the Lord and serve Him. God will vindicate you in His time and His way. 

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV 

Temptation is something we face each and every day. It is possible to have victory over temptation. Jesus shows us how.

 

      ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

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 

Avoiding Entanglements 

  
en•tan•gle•ment (ɛnˈtæŋ gəl mənt) 


n. 

1. the act of entangling. 

2. the state of being entangled. 

3. something that entangles; snare; involvement; complication. 

The dictionary describes entanglements as being like a spiders web.  

When you think of it, the spider weaves this intricate enticing web to snare his prey into the complicated but beautiful mess in order to devour it. That is pretty much what satan tries to do with his web of lies.  

But if we stay ever close to God and remember all the good He has done, fill our minds with His word, and learn to be led by the Spirit, we will avoid the enticing entanglements of the enemy that will try to lead us away from God and His plan for us. The enemy is subtle; he will even use something that seems good at first glance to try to entangle us. 

Lord, help me to never recount the wrongs or the negatives. May I only declare and speak of Your goodness and miracles. I love You, the Blesser way more than the many blessings. Show me how to avoid the entanglements of the enemy and the inner me as I learn to be led by Your spirit and no longer by my flesh. Your timing is worth waiting for. Help me to never rush or delay. Help me to rely fully on You and Your stability to move forward. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

O Lord my God, many and many a time you have done great miracles for us, and we are ever in your thoughts. Who else can do such glorious things? No one else can be compared with you. There isn’t time to tell of all your wonderful deeds.~ Psalm 40:5 TLB 

God’s timing is always worth waiting for. If we look to Him for help, He will rescue us from destruction and despair and from the things that hold us down. He will also bring stability to our lives so that we can move forward again with confidence and joy. If we are to experience God’s best for our life (which far exceeds all we can imagine), we need to rely on Him alone and avoid any entanglements with those who will lead us away from God and His plan for us. ~ Life Recovery Bible 

Ding Dong Principle 



This book inspired me as a Christian (a Jesus girl) not to be afraid to go on a mission for God. Whenever I thought about going on a mission trip before, often times my first reaction was I’m too afraid.  
God always reminds me of this scripture …
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV 
So armed with God’s presence and promise 
I found the courage to go to Guatemala in the Fall of 2013, which led to the courage to sign up for violin lessons in the Spring of 2014. 
Recently, God told me in a vision that I’m going to go back there to teach violin to the orphans in Guatemala, helping children escape poverty and violence with music.   Sometimes language creates a barrier, but with music there are no barriers. 
Reading about Corrie Ten Boom and her missions in this book, I saw with Gods help she moved mountains!!!  
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.~ Philippians 4:13 NLT 

This promise is for us- so We can too! 
~ Angela Lipe- Pattengill 
Enjoy this Worthy thought: The Ding Dong Principle 
by Corrie Ten Boom “Tramp for The Lord”
One day a young girl, who had repented and received deliverance from lust and impurity, came to see Miss Corrie who was presently visiting and speaking at a church in Holland, the young girl goes up to Miss Corrie afterwards and says” Even though I have been delivered, at night I still keep dreaming of my old way of life. I’m afraid I will slip back into Satan’s grasp. 
 Miss Corrie tells the girl “up in that church tower, there is a bell which is rung by pulling on a rope, after the sexton lets go of the rope the bell still continues swinging, first the ding then the dong. It gets slower and slower until there’s a final dong and it stops. I believe the same is true for deliverance”.
The young girl says “you mean even though I sometimes have temptations, that I am still free, Satan is no longer pulling the rope which controls my life?”
Miss Corrie says “the purity of your life is evidence of your deliverance and you should not worry about the dings and dongs, they are nothing but echoes. The demons know that even though they have to flee at the name of Jesus, the demons will not leave without given their clapper one big swing leaving behind the vibration of ding and dongs on their way out scaring us into thinking they are still there. 
But if we grow fearful over the remaining echoes other demons can come in and take their place. 
The bible promises that after we confess and denounce our sins, God cleanses us from them by the blood of Jesus. Indeed, He says your sins I remembered no more. (Hebrew 8:12
When we hear the dings and dongs of our past life, we need to remember that through Jesus sacrifice on Calvary, Satan can no longer pull the rope in your life, the sounds of the vibrations may still echo, but they will grow less and less and eventually stop completely.  Satan cannot return as long as you walk in obedience. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” 
Haven’t you learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and He lives in you, and your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give Glory back to God, because He owns it. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19,20
However, this does not prevent Satan ( or his demons) from standing outside your house shouting through the window saying “we’re still here!” But Hallelujah! We know Satan for who he is -the prince of liars. He is still not here he has been cast out. 
So whenever you hear those old echoes in your life; one of those ding and dongs, you need to remember to stop and say “thank you Jesus you have bought me with your blood and sin has no right to sound off in my life.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom 
I encourage everyone to get this great book! 


Crowns

 

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Trust me ladies: there isn’t a crown this world has to offer that will make you feel more worthy, valuable and authentically beautiful than the one your Heavenly Father says you wear.
 
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12 NLT)
If you don’t believe it, you’ll be chasing crowns, and all things sparkly, in an out-of-control way, the rest of your life.  ~ Stephanie Wanic Founder God’s Beauty Secrets
 
For more great tips and wisdom by a real beauty queen ( Miss Texas USA ) Stephanie Wanic Founder of God’s Beauty Secrets   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gods-Beauty-Secrets/739896832688981