Satan’s opening line of temptation in the Garden was not one of accusation against God directly, instead, it planted seeds of doubt: “Did God really say?” First, it was a test of whether Eve knew and valued what God had said. Then he led her on a journey of questioning God’s motives as opposed to her own desires. Satan has not changed his tactics; so knowing what God has declared in Scripture is vital to our walk with God. Failure to study or lowering God’s Promises to our own personal experience levels are traps of the enemy. Father of Life and Light, I cannot depend upon any words but Yours. Awaken Your truth within me that I may not fail in the moments of temptation.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.