Here are some notes I took at the last lady’s meeting I went to…they were so good I had to share them:
1. Temptation- temptation is anything that keeps you from being everything God meant you to be. It can be a relationship, a job, the desire to be rich….anything that interferes with you and your relationship with God. It’s hard to let go of that relationship, that friendship, that , that money-but it’s possible.
What should we do? Flee! Seek God…..(Holy Spirit, Prayer, Scripture). Also….Remember 1 Corin. 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able: but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Some people claim, “Well, I don’t have a problem with *that* sin.” People can be so arrogant. Remember, the Word says even Jesus was tempted in all areas, just like us. Pride comes before a fall and a haughty spirit before destruction. People want to make you think that they are o.k. but you have a problem. They’re lying to themselves and you. One man I went to school with claimed that he had never lusted after a woman. I find that hard to believe. We all have been tempted in the same ways. Lust and temptation are different things but one leads to the other. The person who claims they have not been tempted in a certain area may find himself one day trapped and fallen by the same sin he claimed to not have a problem with.
2. When others let you down.
Sometimes you loose friends or a trusted spouse betrays you . Both have happened to me . But remember the Lord said to rejoice when men separate themselves from your company! Read Luke 6:22,23. Jesus said to rejoice when that happens! Jesus said in another place the world hated me, they will hate you also. And it’s not a time to mourn, it’s a time to rejoice! And sometimes one may think, “Why did they go?” They only answer I can come up with is they weren’t really following the Lord. They didn’t really believe, or they were of the world. I’ve been betrayed by people in my own family, gossiped about, hated, and treated like a dog by both family members and “friends” alike. Maybe they don’t really belong to God otherwise they wouldn’t behave like that.
You have to press on ……even if you’re alone. Remain faithful to God no matter what….even if you die for it.
Remember job, how he lost everything-even his own wife told him to curse God and die. But Job suffered patiently.
The Truth is we all suffer. Think of Joseph. He was hated by his brethren who sold him into slavery and went and told their father he was dead. Then Pottifer’s wife lied about him and he was thrown in prison and the man who gave the King his wine let Joseph down too. My thoughts about all this is maybe God has some tremendous plans for us just like he had for Joseph.
3. Remember who God is. He is the same God who restored everything back to Job and then some. Joseph one day got released from prison and became a great leader in Egypt. We don’t know the pans God has for us. Read Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
4. Look outward. I also read above that Job prayed for his friends. This reminds me to think of others and find some area I can serve in. If one looks around they will discover lots of ways to serve God.
And remember Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.