Come Follow Me 2023, Come Unto Christ, Devotional

Overcoming Temptation

Living a mindful crucified Christian life is one that is not easy. It is not merely a means of confession and profession of faith. Anyone is capable of confessing and professing Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is easy to proclaim one is born again and has tasted the new birth. Furthermore, many even proudly claim they are a new creation in Christ. Yet, when it comes to experience the wilderness of testing their faith - they wilt away. They faint and give up. And such faith that is not tested and refined is that which cannot be trusted.

Come Follow Me 2023, Come Unto Christ, Devotional

A Spiritual Wilderness

All our easy crutches are stripped away when we face the raw forces or nature. The Israelites had to be tested and humbled in the wilderness before they could enter the Promised Land (Deu 8:2). Paul faced trials and difficulties in the wilderness (2 Cor 11:26). Most notably, Jesus was driven into the wilderness to be tempted (Matt 4:1-11). In these cases, the dangers of the wilderness became an outward symbol for the inner turmoil caused by the temptations of evil.

Come Follow Me 2023, Come Unto Christ, Mindful Christian Living, Personal Reflections

What do you do?

The only response I am able to provide is this: Sometimes we have to accept the reality of things as they are and strive to continue to live faithfully and obediently to the teachings and Gospel principles of Jesus Christ. And this is what the comfort I have recently discovered in writing the devotional regarding Zacharias and the visitation of the angel Gabriel.