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Using The Right Fear to Fight Temptation


Proverbs 1

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;  fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,

10 My son, if sinners entice you,    do not consent.11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;    let us ambush the innocent without reason;12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;13 we shall find all precious goods,    we shall fill our houses with plunder;14 throw in your lot among us;    we will all have one purse”—15 my son, do not walk in the way with them;    hold back your foot from their paths, 16 for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. 17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird, 18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives. 19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors.

If there is one thing that I still value up until today – it is my parent’s wisdom. They are not always right but they do have a lot of great insights with the situation I face in church, leadership, finance and marriage. I am blessed to have parents who fear the Lord. I think that is the key. THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE. A man who fears the Lord is on a path to gaining knowledge. On the other hand fools would despise wisdom and instruction. The question is are you a man who fears the Lord?

Here was the great advice given by Solomon on how we can fight temptation.

Sinners will entice you. That is what sin does. Sin knows how to market itself. It gives you too good to be true promises that in the end is actually empty or short lived.  And his advice was when sin entices you, do not consent. Sa Tagalog, huwag kang konsintidor, a line we often hear old people say. In fact, it is better if you run as far away as you can from sin because sin leads to death, destruction and pain.

Prayer: Lord give me the grace to not consent sin. I know temptation will come. Give me the power of the Holy Spirit to say no to the enticement of sin. I know that Jesus is everything that I need. Remind me that sin might satisfy for awhile but Christ offers everlasting satisfaction. In Jesus name, Amen!