Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Seized by Temptation

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

My children have of late been running wild. One sign of respect shown by saying "sir" or "ma'am" has become almost non-existent. (Yes, call us old fashioned, but we still expect that from our children.) When told to go to bed, they argue. When asked to clean up their room, they put it off. And when asked to do their chores? They put up a fight!

So last night we had a family meeting. My husband and I explained to the kids the things we have noticed in their attitudes and actions that are displeasing to us and told them what we expected them to do to correct the issues. We also discussed the consequences that would be in place when they failed to meet our expectations.

We hugged, kissed, and said our goodnights. I reminded the kids that as they prayed before bed they should ask God to forgive them and show them how they could do better. Off to bed they went. About ten minutes passed and Jaden (7) was back up. "Momma," he began, "I think I know what has gotten into us." I was very interested to hear this one. I asked him to continue. "Momma, I think temptation has seized us." THUMP! That was so not the answer I'd expected. We read 1 Corinthians 10:13 together and discussed that we do not have to give in to temptation because GOD IS FAITHFUL and allows a way of escape!

After he was tucked back in I thought about Jaden's precious answer... truly from the mouth of babes! I wondered how often I am "seized by temptation." Regrettably the answer would be often. It's not usually the big things but the little things that get me. There's the temptation to hit the snooze button when I know I need to get up and get going in the mornings. There's the temptation to sit at the computer and blog when I have a sink full of dirty dishes waiting for me in the kitchen. There's the temptation to sit and relax after a long, grueling day instead of spending a few more minutes with my kids before their bedtime. The list goes on and on.

Tonight as I go to bed I'm going to ask God for forgiveness too and to show me how to do better. And tomorrow I hope I can say as Jaden did today. When asked by his Aunt Sidney what had happened when he prayed, he replied, "God got all that stuff out of me!"

God, get all that stuff out of me too. In Jesus name, amen!


  1. Amen, Amen, Amen! I with you, girl...Been there and had one of those days, but isn't God good for teaching us lessons out of those situations! Thanks for sharing!

  2. We should all pray that God would "get all that stuff out of us".

  3. How wise for a seven year old to realize that he has been "seized by temptation". I often don't realize that as a 54 year old. He obviously has been brought up in the "fear and the admonition of the Lord". He and his siblings make me a very proud Nana... and provide you with a vast aray of blogging material! agreat blog, Sweetie. Love you.

  4. Thanks so much for this one. I can totally relate...

  5. Thank you for sharing this, Samantha! We actually were at chapel at the church school today and the preacher was speaking on how we are not a product of our environment and heredity. We have choices to do right or wrong. We can make our children do something, but that doesn't mean they have chosen to actually do it in their heart unfortunately. He referenced I Kings with Elijah and the prophets of Baal how they should choose who they want to serve. He also referenced Joshua 24:14-15. "...But as for me and my house we will serve the LORD"

  6. WOW! I'm with Mary! What a wise young man! What a blessing...what truth! A truth I have been realizing you said the little things grab me...thank you for this blog...I LOVE reading what you write...its always so filled with the love of God and a love for GOD!


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