“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” – Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
Daily Meditation: Matthew 4:1-17, Galatians 6:1-10
“But no one’s watching. No one would know. It isn’t that big of a deal.”
We tell ourselves so many lies to justify succumbing to temptation. Walking away from a temptation (especially when nobody is watching) can really be hard! What’s interesting is that we usually know what is right. Often, we even want to do what is right, so what’s our problem? Scripture makes it plain when it says, “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Sadly, the “so easily” part is very true. It’s almost always easier to get ourselves into trouble than out of it! Be bold. Let your courage rise up within you. Be mighty! Choose to be the real you… and walk away from temptation’s snare! And as you are walking away, you will be filled with power from on high. God will meet you, empower you, and help you stand firm against temptation!
“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” – Nelson Mandela
Sometimes just walking away isn’t enough — you may have to run! Don’t stop to think about it, don’t stop to look at it, don’t stop to weigh the pros and cons of giving in to a temptation—flee from temptation and run to God! He is with you through the fiercest of trials and temptations. With His strength, you can walk away. You are a winner. Keep on walking!
Let’s let 2019 be the year we grow closer to the Lord and become the fearless, strong, and faithful woman we are meant to be in Him! In Be Fearless, Julie Clinton provides a scripturally-sound guide for finding freedom, purpose, joy… and fearlessness. Be Fearless is now available in our store! https://www.aacc.net/product/be-fearless/ Consider working through Be Fearless with another extraordinary woman or group this year!
Julie Clinton, MAd, MBA, is president of Extraordinary Women and host of EWomen conferences all across America. She is the author of several books including A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him, and Extraordinary Women. She is passionate about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia with their children, Megan and Zach.