|Continually with the Lord|
The Story: David wrote that fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore are to be had in the presence of God (Ps. 16:11). It seems that Asaph remembered and rediscovered this here. The more he sought the Lord and drew near to Him, the more he realized that God alone is his joy, sustenance, and portion. In the face of temptation, prayer without ceasing and calling to mind familiar texts of Scripture can help us to gain God’s perspective on temptation and to rise up in His strength to resist the devil. There is no substitute for daily spiritual disciplines in developing our relationship with the Lord and having access to Him continually. He is our help and shield in the face of every temptation, but we need to have the disciplines in place to get to him when push comes to shove and temptation is beckoning us to rebel against the Lord.
The Structure: Believers today need to reinforce and strengthen their practice of spiritual disciplines. We cannot overestimate the value of time spent in God’s Word, prayer, fasting, solitude, and all the other disciplines whereby the grace of God flows to revive, renew, and restore us to the image of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:12-18). The current movement toward a recovery of spiritual disciplines is most encouraging. No Christian is ready to deal with temptation effectively who has not developed the skills of prayer and Scripture recall, and who has not discovered the real joy and pleasure of being in the Lord’s presence in the arenas of spiritual disciplines.
Is your practice of spiritual disciplines sufficient to help you resist the temptations you face each day?
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