Tempted: (God has provided a way of escape.(click for more) Although Robert would have welcomed the emotional relief, he could not cry.  In an unpredictable instant, his mind suddenly reeled away from self-pity and remorse to consider instead a sure of raging anger.  His ears were red and burning. 

Emotions flooded upon this broken man as he sat on the floor of his foyer and contemplated the evidence of his shattered life.  He placed the palms of his hands on the surface behind his back to support himself.

Robert closed his eyes and let a parade of evil ensuing thoughts press upon him, and then, just as quickly, his mind recoiled, proceeding into a void of nothingness not known in physical reality.  He continued to sit there, his head bowed, his mind spinning.  Slowly the evil presence of hatred and revenge eased away from him.  It was like he had been buried alive, and then slowly uncovered to be resurrected from the grave.  But, what had saved him?

Sensing a change, something happening in the spiritual realm unseen, Robert continued to wait, in anticipation of what would come next, whether it was hurtful or healing, good or bad.  Slowly, a calming peace settled upon his soul.  Although his heart was aching, a stronger spirit, one of assurance was making an entry into his mind.  Robert could not understand its coming.  At first he rejected the thought, but it persisted.  He waited a little longer, and quietness came.  Robert wondered what this meant.

1Pe 5:8, 1Co 10:13, Heb 2:18, 1Pe 5:6-7: Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

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.

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting 

all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

The black panther jumps and pounces on its prey, expecting to devour it.  But the Protector has seen it coming, 

and instead of a successful kill for the cougar, it is struck with a devastating blow by the spear from the shepherd.

Because of his humanity, Jesus understands our struggles and knows what to expect from the enemy. The Risen 

Lord is the spiritual warrior victorious and He has defeated the devil. Jesus is always here for you.

Are you depending on Jesus today?

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