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Moments of ecstasy

Moments of ecstasy;
Tempted; alone.

Facing your destiny:
God’s cornerstone.

Embracing a future
Revealed by a dove:

Infinite sacrifice;
Infinite love.

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He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die” (Matthew 20:18; NLT). 

The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22; NLT).

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son” (Matthew 3:16; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

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When we are tempted

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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Lord God,

When we are
Tempted

To be selfish
Or unkind,

Please help us
To remember

You are love.

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Stay close

 

Lord of all creation,
Lord of all temptation;

Lord of golden light,
Lord of darkest night;

Lord of life and breath,
Lord of brutal death;

Lord, whom we betray,
Stay close to us today.

 

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God created everything through him (John 1:3; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem (Luke 2:11; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them (John 18:5; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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TEMPTATION

Temptation

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you” (Ephesians 4: 26; NLT).

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:7-8; NLT).

And don’t let us yield to temptation (Matthew 6:13; NLT).

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).


Lord,
When we’re angry,
We can so easily
Hurt others
With our silence,
Words,
Or actions –

So please help us
To resist temptation,
And to speak the truth
In love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Contemplation

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth
(Psalm 46; 10; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Father,
I never seem to have
Enough time
For silent contemplation.

I’m often tempted
To cut it short,
So I can get on
With all the practicalities
Of my day.

But what could be
More important
Than reaching out to you
Before it starts?

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Temptation

Following the theme of Lent, today’s prayer asks God to help us deal with the temptations to which we are all, inevitably, subject.

Temptation

No temptation has over taken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13; NIV).

Father,
You forgive us every time we repent,
But our weak and fallen nature 
Soon leads us to sin again.

Please don’t let us be tempted 
Beyond what we can bear.

Show us the way out, every time,
And help us to endure our trials
For the sake of your dear Son,
Who died for us.
Amen.

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Temptation

Following on from yesterday’s blog on original sin, today’s deals with temptation, a subject which perhaps receives rather little attention in these self-indulgent times, but a very appropriate one for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Temptation

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).
* Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).
* For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NIV).
* I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you”(Psalm 41:4; NIV).

Father,
You are perfect –
You are never even
Tempted to sin.

Jesus,
You are sinless –
You were tempted,
But you overcame temptation.

Me?
I’m weak and sinful –
When I’m tempted,
I nearly always give way.

Lord,
I’m sorry
My sins offend you,
And hurt others.

Have mercy on me,
Forgive me,
Strengthen me,
And help me to resist temptation.

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