Keep your heart with all
diligence, for out of it
spring the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

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Meditations on Lesson 6

The Pathway of Temptation: Head to Heart Guide

Think fast: what is the enemy’s primary purpose is with temptation? What is he trying to get us to do? Turn it over in your mind, then look up James 1:14. Surprised? Most Christians would answer that it is to get us to sin, but to James this is secondary. The primary purpose is to draw us away from the place of complete surrender. 

Now think back over your time in the Lord and describe what that place of complete surrender to the Lord has been like. What was it like as a moment in time? What could it be like as a life style? What are the Biblical phrases that describe it?*  Look up several and examine them in context and try to envision this as a whole new way of living—which it is.

Is this how most Christians that you know seem to be living? Has the enemy been accomplishing his primary objective where temptation is concerned? What is he getting out of it? What are we being robbed of by not living fully surrendered? What is the world around us being robbed of by us not living fully surrendered? What steps can we take to reverse this? How can we live more fully surrendered?

* Examples of Biblical descriptions of surrender: abiding in Christ, entering into the rest, walking or living in the Spirit, the glorious liberty, the abundant life, etc.
 

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