Believer’s Daily Treasure

Deliverance from Temptation

if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials, and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment,

[2 Pet 2:9 NET]

What though fierce and strong temptations

Press around thee on the way,

And thy sinful inclinations

Often cause thee great dismay!

Look to Jesus,

Thou through him shalt gain the day.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Preservation in Temptation

Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him.

[Jas 1:12 NET]

When aught shall tempt my soul to stray

From heavenly wisdom’s narrow way,

To shun the precept’s holy light,

Or quit my hold on Jesus’ might,

May He who felt temptation’s power

Still guard me in that dangerous hour.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Preservation from Temptation

Because you have kept my admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

[Rev 3:10 NET]

Thus preserved from Satan’s wiles,

Safe from dangers, free from fears,

May I live upon thy smiles,

Till the promised hour appears:

When the sons of God shall prove

All their Father’s boundless love.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Temptation Overcome by Faith

and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

[Eph 6:16 NET]

Let faith exert its conquering power,

Say in thy tempted, trembling hour,

“My God, my Father, save thy son!”

’Tis heard—and all thy fears are done.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Temptation Avoided by Watchfulness and Prayer

Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

[Matt 26:41 NET]

Go to dark Gethsemane,

Ye that feel the tempter’s power,

Your Redeemer’s conflict see,

Watch with him one bitter hour;

Turn not from his griefs away,

Learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Temptation to Be Avoided

Do not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of those who are evil. Avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it, and go on.

[Prov 4:14-15 NET]

A wicked world and wicked heart

With Satan are combined:

Each acts a too successful part,

In harassing my mind.

But fighting in my Saviour’s strength,

Though mighty are my foes,

I shall a conqueror be at length

O’er all that can oppose.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Temptation to Be Resisted

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

[Eph 6:12 NET]

From strength to strength go on,

Wrestle, and fight, and pray;

Tread all the powers of darkness down,

And win the well-fought day.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Temptation Humbles the Believer

even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble me – so that I would not become arrogant.

[2 Cor 12:7 NET]

What though a thorn my bosom bears,

And varied are the wants and cares,

That mark my chequer’d way!

My God hath said, in whom I live,

“My grace is thine, and strength I give

According to thy day.”

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Temptation to Despair

I sink into the deep mire where there is no solid ground; I am in deep water, and the current overpowers me. I am exhausted from shouting for help; my throat is sore; my eyes grow tired of looking for my God.

[Ps 69:2-3 NET]

Prostrate before thy mercy-seat,

I cannot if I would despair;

None ever perish’d at thy feet,

And I would lie for ever there.

Believer’s Daily Treasure

Temptation to Mistrust Providence

And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith?

[Matt 6:30 NET]

I know not what may soon betide,

Or how my wants shall be supplied;

But Jesus knows, and will provide.

When creature comforts fade and die,

Worldlings may weep—but why should I?

Jesus still lives, and still is nigh.