Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. – Matthew 26:41 (NIV)
A simple complaint, a quick glance, an extra dollar, another tempting website, a harsh word… all are small things. The seeds of temptation are planted in many dark corners and nooks of our life. These experiences, exposures, and explorations leave tiny remnants of evil in the fertile soil of our heart.
A quick glance or a critical word may be easy for you to manage, but for some…it’s the water they need to grow a seed of temptation into full-blown transgression. We should learn from God’s instruction to the Israelite people when they walked into the promised land. He told them to kill everything and leave no remnant… not even donkeys or trinkets. He wanted them to be free from those tiny seemingly insignificant seeds that grow into nation killers.
Our life is littered with the spoils of war with the world. The spiritual warfare that wages in our lives always leaves remnants from the battles. When God triumphs and leads us to victory, we must be careful to not leave any remnant of the old life in place. All must be confessed and destroyed…. else… a quick glance or a critical word grows a new enemy within us and the battle continues to separate us from God.
Christ said to watch and pray. When you see the seed… pray for it’s removal. Confess it… and move on. The biggest step toward a deeper faith in God is to confess those dark places to Him and to one another. We can become more than conquerors, but it will never happen if we leave remnants of the battles stuffed deep into our heart.
Break loose – wage war on the little seeds – confess your junk to one another and find the life giving joy of being free from those things.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Remember that last “battle” you had with the world. Did the enemy leave a seed behind? Are you tending it? Confess it to a friend and work to uproot it.
PRAY: God, I am not able to rid my life of those things that keep growing in my life. Enter the dark places and rid my heart of every memory and malice I have toward those things. Purify me and prod me to look to you when my heart turns dark. Amen.