Lead not into Temptation.

“Did you end up telling him who it was?” The Pastor I call Husband looks out the car window with a gentleness that encompasses his whole face. “No. He would have gotten angry and I didn’t want to make him sin.”
The car bumps side to side as we cross train tracks in the Spring sun. I stop for a moment to reflect on his heart that follows hard after Jesus. He is my greatest teacher in life, the man I married eleven years ago. He’s been running the race for many years and takes his faith in Christ so seriously that he put down one dream of a career in flying helicopters in Outback Australia to pick up a God ordained calling for full time ministry. He lives without regret.

He didn’t want to lead another man into sin…

Have you ever pondered such a thought before acting out or speaking up?

Has this radical living ever ignited a thought process in you?

To lead others not into temptation but rather help deliver them from evil?

You create strategies in prevention so your friend doesn’t stumble or fall but soars into their full, God given potential.

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The world lures us down trails telling us take care of self first. To abandon others needs so we can focus on our own.

There is an entitled state of living that “I” comes before anyone or anything. To look out for “Me” and then see what leftovers can be offered.

Daily demands expect responses. In those choices we are accountable to thrust one another into greatness.Completion of life.

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Not seduce or awaken sin in a fellow disciple. That’s dangerous living which will bring severe consequences.

Our private thoughts have great power and potential to dictate. Images, words and thoughts swirl around the mind. If not controlled they will seep out in speech or lay dormant in the heart until voluntary or involuntary action plays them out.

Take control.

Sisters, when standing in front of the mirror and your choosing what to wear, remember self esteem comes from being a handcrafted daughter of the King. Not man. Applause from others is temporary, fleeting, yet standing firm, knowing deep down that you are fearfully and wonderfully made may assist you especially when choosing attire.
Dressing seductively deliberately to lure, is a decision to entice and steer another mans mind. We have a God given responsibility. No excuses.

Do you try to persuade a man you shouldn’t into temptation?

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A lingering glance, a flirtatious smile, an “innocent” touch. Subtle with a blatant agenda.

The beginning is innocent, fun really, until sin grips and becomes a vortex of destruction.

“For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.For she cares nothing about the path to life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.” Proverbs 5:3-6

If you are in a place where you have trapped yourself, entagled relationships with sin, I urge you to stop-I write with gentleness and humility.
We are always welcome to return safely to the arms of a forgiving God who promises to save us.
There may be natural consequences for choices but we are never alone.
A wise friend once said to me…”The truth will set you free.”

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4 thoughts on “Lead not into Temptation.

  1. My husband is a pastor too, my greatest mentor in life. And just like yours he thinks about the implications his words have on others before he speaks them. It’s been one of the greatest gifts of my life, witnessing his integrity. Thanks for linking up your post as we seek to find wonder in the midst of the every day throughout the month of April.

    • Shelly…a sister who too is married to a Pastor. Oh how I love that we have connected! Thank you for taking the time to email and speak such goodness. I was only reading your blog last night. I wish I was clever enough with technology to have a blog roll…for those reading this go to http://redemptionsbeauty.com/ for a great read!!!
      Be blessed sister. Hannah

  2. Although this post was directed toward women, I find it somewhat unsettling that men have conditioned women in this way for what they want.

    On a side note, you write with such fluidity that I’m jealous. 🙂 It just flows from you, like an old novel. Elegant, classy…

    • Duane, Thank you for your thoughts and taking the time to read Ashes to Beauty. Your comment has given me food for thought.
      I appreciate your encouragement, very greatful for such kind words.

      Bless you.
      Hannah

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