May 12, 2014

Deception Detection

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Matthew 26:41 (NLT)

Temptation has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. Just when you think you are doing pretty well in your faith journey, out of nowhere comes the lure of temptation. It’s cleverly disguised; and before you know it, you’ve taken the bait. We’ve all been there. The real question is: How can we overcome it? We need deception detection.  In Matthew 26 Jesus took His disciples with Him to an olive grove called Gethsemane to pray. He taught them and us a valuable lesson about how to overcome temptation. Jesus used their drowsiness to warn them about the kinds of temptations they would soon face. That very night He would be betrayed and handed over to the religious leaders to be tried and crucified the next day. Each one of these disciples would face the temptation to desert Him. Jesus said that to overcome temptation we must keep alert and pray. Staying alert means being aware of the possibilities of temptation. “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Prayer heightens our alertness and gives us the spiritual strength we need to resist it. Prayer connects us with God and enables us to detect the deception that would otherwise ensnare us. If you want to defeat Satan’s scheme to deceive you, stay alert, keep watch and pray.