A few years ago at Pacific Coast Camp, I heard Pastor Ray Brown preach an excellent message on overcoming temptations. One of the things I remember was that he likened temptation to a magnet. If something that is attracted to a magnet gets too close to the magnet, well……………………………….. you know what happens. Likewise, if we get too close to the thing that is a source of temptation, we are setting ourselves up for a fall. If we know something is a temptation for us, the wisest course is to stay as far away from the thing as possible.
While musing on this one day, God inspired me with a poem. I’m so thankful that through the power of the Holy Ghost and keeping our distance, we can be overcomers!
Keep Your Distance!
The tempter is a master of persistence
desiring you to stumble and to fall
but from the things he offers, keep your distance
and you will overcome and still stand tall.
Do pray, into the snares you won’t be led
strive to please the Master every day
rebuke bad thoughts that come into your head
from enticements quickly run away.
Allurements, like a magnet, they can be
ungodly source that’s pulling at your soul
put space between the hankering and thee
the magnet’s pull will not win the control.
Joseph, day by day, he was provoked
Potiphar’s wife tempting him to sin
Running, the response by him evoked
Sometimes that’s what it takes to not give in.
To follow his example, we’d be wise
when by sin charmed, we must put up resistance
don’t’ let temptation lead to your demise
between it and yourself, just put some distance.
Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
2Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Genesis 39:7-12 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.