I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
You don’t want to sin against me, is that true? It’s true, I certainly don’t want to sin against you. You want to be able to stand against temptation and resist evil, is that also true? Yes, it is also true that I want to be able to resist temptation and stand against evil. Do you have any idea how you will be able to stand against temptation and resist evil? I’m not sure. That’s not good. You need to be sure. Tell me what has not worked in your efforts to stand against temptation and resist evil? Standing against temptation and resisting evil with my strength alone has not worked out so well. Obviously I cannot stand against temptation and resist evil under my own power. No you cannot.
You do know how you will most likely be temptation. You are not usually taken completely by surprise by temptations. You can usually predict with great accuracy when, where, how and why you will be tempted. Have I said anything that is not true? All your statements are true. Can you remove yourself from people, places, and situations in which you will be tempted? Yes, I can. That would be a very good start. That will not be enough however. You will never be able to completely remove yourself from every person, place, or situation that will tempt you. If even that were possible you will not be able to resist temptations and evil by the strength of your will alone. I know that to be true.
Does my word speak to how you have and will be tempted? Yes, it does. Has my word given you strength to stand against temptation and resist evil? Yes, it has. How so? As I have hidden your word in my heart it has been working in me. Your word has been changing the thoughts of my mind. Your word has been changing the desires of my heart. Your word has given me new thoughts to think. You word has given me new desires to feel. I want to think your thoughts. I want to do your will. I want to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. The thoughts and desires I have to live my life for you are overpowering the power of temptation and evil that comes against me. As I draw near to you in your word, and resist temptation and evil, it flees from me. Yes, it does. Your word is working your victory in me. Your word has set me free to live my life for you. Your word is working in me, with me and for me as I hide it in my heart. Yes, it is. Continue meeting with me in my word. Continue to hide my word in your heart. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, thank you for your word. It is my delight to hide your word in my heart. Your word is changing my heart and transforming my mind. Your word is fanning the flames of my love and devotion to you. Your word is helping me to not sin against you. Amen
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