I have been going through some tempting times lately. A trial so to speak. I know I need to stay delivered and remain clean and holy before a Holy God. I turn to Him and ask for strength and to lead me out of temptation. I feel if I pass this test He is going to move me to another level in my life, my spiritual growth you could say. I think this is why He is letting this trial come my way. I know it is not God himself tempting me for what I read in His Word. It's amazing how the enemy can trick us sometimes. He is very subtle and sneaks those thoughts into my head. Just from temptation I have felt guilty. I felt dirty and unclean before God. I love the LORD and that is it. I will not be moved by what satan does. He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world.
Here are some verses I have been speaking aloud to myself.
I keep awake and watch and pray [constantly], that I may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. MARK 14:38
I will not let myself be overcome with evil, but will overcome (master) evil with good. ROMANS 12:21
Blessed (happy, to be envied) am I when I'm patient under trial and stand up under temptation, for when I have stood the test and been approved, I will receive [the victor's] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. JAMES 1:12
I will be subject to God. I will resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from me. JAMES 4:7
In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self. PSALM 138:3
Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness. PSALM 143:10
If any one has some comments, scriptures, prayers or words of encouragement please feel free. I would appreciate any form of help, correction, or direction.