Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NRSV)
Overheard in a restaurant: "I wish they'd take these mirrors off the front of cigarette machines. I hate looking at a weak man."

The more times we resist temptation the less we are tempted. Anyone who has ever begun an exercise program or gone on a diet or tried to quit smoking knows that the hardest part is getting started. The longer you wait to begin, the harder it is to start, and it is possible to put it off for so long that the chances for success grow very, very slim. Jesus nipped temptation in the bud. He said no from the very beginning--and so should we.

Lord Jesus, give me the strength to overcome the temptation in my life. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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