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Facing the Dragon

Innocent beginnings. Most big problems start with something that could hardly be conceived of as wrong, and certainly no one can foresee the ultimate results to which it may lead.

I don’t share my testimony to glorify the choices I’ve made or the temptations I’ve yielded to. Through my story I desire to show that 1) victory can be obtained and 2) only Jesus can bring that victory.

Here is my story.

I had everything going for me. I come from a pastor’s family and grew up in a conservative Christian home. I was homeschooled until I was fourteen and then attended a small, conservative boarding academy. But just because someone comes from a “perfect” upbringing doesn’t mean she is immune to temptation.

My junior year of high school, I met who I thought was the man of my dreams. We formed a relationship that lasted nearly two and a half years. I became very infatuated with and emotionally attached to this young man.

The relationship ended my freshman year of college, but the emotions resurfaced while I was overseas as a student missionary. Far from family and friends, I found myself isolated. Many of my fellow co-worker missionaries had boyfriends or were engaged. Loneliness began to subtly creep in and I began reliving the old feelings. I started searching for pictures of innocent couples holding hands, laughing, or doing an activity together. I found myself reminiscing about the young man I had been in a relationship with and wishing I could once again be with someone.

I found myself picking up romance novels and reading them eagerly, a little uncomfortable when some of the scenes got too explicit. On one occasion, I read a new romance novel every single day for an entire week.

The night I read the last novel of the series, I had gone to bed when I felt the already-dark room darken. My mind was suddenly flooded with terrible images of skulls and crossbones, horrendous creatures, and hideous faces. I became sweaty and shivery at the same time. I couldn’t think of one single Bible verse to say. I couldn’t even utter the name of Jesus. Finally, the words to the hymn “Blessed Assurance” came to my mind, and as I began to hum the tune, the evil presence in my room subsided. I immediately took the romance novel lying in my chair and placed it outside my room. Only then was I able to sleep.

Despite that experience, my appetite for romantic novels and pictures was only temporarily dampened. Rather, those novels had paved the downward spiral in which I found myself trapped.

It’s interesting how dependence on something develops. The same behavior repeated no longer brought the same satisfaction. Emotions I wanted no longer came with a simple romance novel or looking at romantic pictures of couples. I began searching various photo, anime, and fine art sites to find stronger and more stimulating images. Romance novels began to morph in to raunchy novels containing graphic scenes.

I wondered, “Am I forming an addiction to this stuff?” But I would immediately shoo these thoughts from my mind reminding myself that I had never watched an actual porn video. Even as I began viewing more and more explicit content, I became more adept in my ability to justify my actions to my disapproving conscience. Occasionally I would determine to stop viewing these questionable images, but would always find myself giving in after a month at the longest.

As I began reading explicit books and excerpts, I found myself wanting to replicate the feelings the individuals in these novels were purported to have experienced. I began researching masturbation and experimenting with it. Here’s where I really got on the roller-coaster ride of addiction. I’d try to stop and then beat myself up when I fell.

I promised myself that I wasn’t going to look at any pornography or practice self-abuse when I returned home from the mission field. I was going to make a clean start and put this behind me. The day after I arrived back home from my student missionary tour, I was back online reading explicit novels. I could not believe myself.

Then I transferred to a small, conservative Christian college where everybody studied the Bible and appeared very strong spiritually. “Surely,” I thought, “if I am ever going to overcome this issue, it will be at this place!” For three months, lack of Internet access and poor phone reception kept my addiction at bay. However, the minute I had adequate cell phone reception, which was before my first trip doing door-to-door outreach, I yielded to temptation–reading explicit novel excerpts and viewing pornographic content. I felt absolutely horrible. Here I was about to serve the Lord and I was doing this. During the program, there were times I’d feel so guilty that I wouldn’t even want to share the gospel with anyone anymore. I wanted to leave the program. I knew that everyone thought I was a strong, spiritual person, but I felt like an awful hypocrite. Some days I was so discouraged I cried.

The devil had control of my mind and from this time on he intentionally used it to discourage me and push me towards depression. He’d say, “Well, you have already broken your promise to do better. You might as well go all the way.” Unfortunately, I listened. When there were two deaths in the family, I assuaged my grief by viewing pornography and practicing self-abuse. This caused me terrible guilt and depression. The devil most certainly had a strong control of my mind. Terrible thoughts were always in my mind. I would mentally cuss at myself and reiterate how apparently dumb, un-Christ-like, and sinful I was. Again and again I listened to the suggestion, “You’ve already yielded to so many temptations. What is it going to hurt to just keep doing it anyways? You can’t overcome this.” At night, my dreams would be filled with pornography. It was literally something I could not escape.

There were two moments of incredible hope during this time. I shared with a close friend the struggles I was going through and she began to pray for me and share encouraging Bible promises. The other was when one of the outreach program leaders shared a worship thought on the power of the will and how Jesus can help us when our promises are just like ropes of sand. These two incidents gave me enough courage to press through that summer.

Throughout the next school year, I still occasionally fell into self-abuse; and, where lack of Internet kept my addiction at bay, I then turned to mental fantasies. I fantasized so much that the thoughts began to come automatically. I found myself losing focus in classes, church, and mid-week services, while doing reading assignments and listening to teachers. I found it very hard to fall asleep at night because my mind would run to these fantasies. I began hearing voices–voices yelling at me, telling me how terrible, gross, dumb, and so many other adjectives, I was. I felt so incredibly guilty. I shared my struggles with no one because I did not want anyone to know how hypocritical I felt.

A new phone did not help anything. Now I had unlimited access to the Internet. Late nights until 1 or 2am were an occasional occurrence. I even remember some Sabbaths walking off somewhere with my phone to spend a few hours reading explicit novels and visiting porn sites. I would feel so horrible I would fantasize about suicide. It just seemed like such a great way to end this mess. Often I would visit a tall, rocky ridge with my friends and sometimes I would think, “What if I just jumped down and fell on those rocks at the bottom?” But I always rationalized that the rocks weren’t far enough down to do enough damage and I was too embarrassed to attempt suicide.

I hardly spent time in morning devotions and only read religious materials when it pertained to class assignments. A year passed this way. One night after going to bed a dark presence entered my room. Like before, my mind was filled with horrible adjectives and expletives as images of hideous creatures and faces filled my mind. I don’t even remember now how or when that presence left, but I hid, curled up under my blankets like a small child, wishing this evil away.

At the end of my first year in college I knew I had to get help. My attempts to quit pornography were all failures. My life seemed like one big farce and it really irked me when an individual approached me for help with pornography. How could I help someone else when I was struggling myself? I went to a trusted pastor friend and wrote a letter. I was at my wits end and here is how I closed that letter: “I’m just tired of all this. Tired of fighting a mental battle and not getting anywhere, tired of always falling back into what I know is wrong, tired of not being able to control my thoughts. I really want to overcome this…So, even though this really makes me feel utterly vulnerable and scared…could you all help me?”

Later, when this pastor counseled with me, I had a deep realization of hope like I had never had before! I was pointed to Jesus. This pastor flooded me with quotes and Bible promises all speaking of Christ’s love, how He wants to help each of us, how He can help us overcome. One of my favorite quotations was this:

“To all who are reaching out to feel the guiding hand of God, the moment of greatest discouragement is the time when divine help is nearest (Desire of Ages 528).

He counseled me to read the book Desire of Ages, and following that advice proved to be one of the single biggest steps on my road to victory. This pastor pointed out that as we fill our lives and hearts with the Son of Righteousness, darkness will be dispelled. Just like when a flashlight is pointed into a dark space, the darkness is immediately gone in the presence of the light. I began devouring the Desire of Ages, underlining it, highlighting it, and realizing that the promises in the Bible and in the Spirit of Prophecy were intended for people like me!

Here is another quotation that gave me hope:

“If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. Christ’s character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned” (Steps to Christ 62).

I wish I could say that I was immediately free from pornography and self-abuse. But that which is developed over a long period of time may take some time to be eradicated. I did continue to struggle after I got help. Here is something I wrote during this time:

The dragon (porn) never fades, never takes his flight.
Only transitioning to another form of night.
Puts on a mask, another face,
To stop me, slow me down, lose the race.
He digs more holes, builds other traps,
He never sleeps, rests and never naps.
He seeks his prey through new and old ways,
Wraps the chains in lace and flowery bouquets.
Hides the stench and ugly rot
Seeking only to keep me caught.

But more often I would write things like this in my journal:

“Lord, please help my character to be more like you. Please take my dirty self, my ugly sins and wash them away. Please cover me with your righteousness and blot my sins out with your blood. I’m tired of serving self and sin. Help me be like you.

“Lord, you know my weaknesses, my dirty areas, the hard corners and rough edges. Please start changing me…Oh Father, even though this honestly scares me, and I feel like I’m stepping into the unknown, please do what You see best to help me grow- work it out in me please!”

I’ll be completely honest: There have been several times since I sought help that I have fallen to the temptation of pornography or masturbation. However, each time I was down, I bounced back more easily. As I read through Desire of Ages and Steps to Christ I found that my mind became freer from discouraging, depressing thoughts until, by God’s grace and strength, I no longer face these types of thoughts. I also no longer feel heavy guilt and shame and I no longer hear those crazy, demonic voices in my head. Gone, also, are the fantasies about suicide. As my mind cleared, my relationship with Jesus deepened, and is deepening!

Whenever I am faced with a thought or an unexpected image, the Lord continues to teach me that that thought is not my own and I turn it quickly over to Him. I choose to allow memorized scripture, hymns, etc., to replace that thought and the moment of crisis is soon over. It’s been a fight, but in Christ the battle has already been won! By God’s grace, He has given me the victory and I continue living a life of victory through Jesus! All glory goes to Jesus, because I tried in my own power and failed. It was only when I chose to fill my life with Jesus, surrender my thoughts to Him, and accept the love, value, and promises God has for me, that I overcame. Without Jesus, I can do nothing. Like the words of a favorite hymn, “He is my strength from day to day, without Him I would fall” (“Jesus is All the World to Me”)!

Elissa Tesch is a senior college student pursuing a degree in Secondary Education. She has a passion for teaching young people and sharing with them the beauty of a practical, life-changing relationship with Jesus! The devil is working very hard in these last days to trap the youth in any way he can. With this knowledge, it is her desire to allow the Lord to use her testimony as a means to help other young people who may be struggling like she once was and show them that through Jesus, victory over this trap of Satan is possible!

Meeting Temptation, Part 3

In the first post of this series, we learned about why Satan tempts us and how he does it. In the second, we looked at how we can get ready to overcome Satan when he comes to tempt us. But how can we resist Satan’s temptation in the moment? Let’s look at how we can resist Satan when we find ourselves in the midst of temptation.

1. Listen for God’s voice

It is good to make our choices beforehand, but if we choose to ignore our Savior’s voice in the moment, our decisions are useless. We must listen to the Lord’s voice in the moment and hear His call to our heart. If we ignore His voice we are making it even harder to listen to Him the next time. “If ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15).

In the Bible Moses wanted Pharaoh to free the children of Israel from slavery, but Pharaoh kept hardening his heart against God’s voice and the voice of His servant, Moses (see Exodus 5–14). The more Pharaoh ignored the Lord, the easier it was to disregard Him. These seemingly little decisions to ignore the Lord led to more and more decisions to ignore God’s voice. Finally, these decisions led Pharaoh to destruction. We must choose to listen to God’s voice immediately when we are in temptation—unless we want an ending like Pharaoh’s.

2. Surrender

As soon as we are faced with a temptation, we must surrender “self.” Self will naturally want to yield to the temptation, but we must be willing to completely submit self to God if we are to ever resist temptation. We must be willing to do God’s will not our own. Every time we face a temptation, we need to make a choice. For example, when someone says something unkind to us, our natural inclination is to say something unkind in return. When we are willing to lay down self, we will not respond in an unkind manner. We will relinquish our feelings of irritation, and treat the individual lovingly.

This is where we must deny self and listen to our Savior. Practically put, denying self is choosing to go against what we “feel” like and do what we know is right by God’s grace, which is what Christianity is all about. As we choose to put aside our sinful desires and obey principle, we will find victory and joy. We must make this choice in every temptation—will I choose my way, or will I choose His way?

3. Determine right away to follow through with your decision

When the moment arrives, and we are in the midst of a temptation, we must determine right away that we will follow through with the decision we have made to do what is right. Daniel and his three friends purposed in their hearts to be faithful to the Lord, but when they were confronted with the food on the King’s table, they had to decide whether they would follow through with their decision or not (Daniel 1). Like them, we must determine immediately to follow through with our purpose to honor God.

This is where we often fail. How do we follow through with our decision in the moment? We determine to do what is right even if we don’t feel like it.

4. Pray for God’s strength, act in faith, and claim God’s promises

This is how we follow through with our decision in the moment—we pray earnestly. No matter how much I determine, if I do not ask God to give me the strength, I won’t be able to do it. When staring temptation in the face, we must plead with God to give us His strength to move forward. Don’t ever think that God won’t have the strength to give you. He had the power to make this world—to form mountains, to fill the oceans with water, to breathe life into a sculpture shaped from the ground—He has the strength to give you victory.

“Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on the merits of the Saviour. God would send every angel in heaven to the aid of such a one, rather than allow him to be overcome” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, page 17). One of my favorite authors wrote this to show that there is power in prayer. The Lord will send you help—just when you need it.

Once we pray for strength, we must act in faith. In so doing, we lay self down and take the first step to victory. We must go in faith. We must move ahead doing what is right no matter how we feel. Also, we must make the choice to obey quickly. As soon as we have prayed that quick prayer for strength, we must act upon it in faith. Our tendency is to stand on the porch, pleading for strength. In reality God has already given us the strength and made our legs fully functional to go and do what He is asking us to do. We must pray, then act right away and claim God’s promises.

5. Sing a Scripture song, recite Scripture, and pray until the victory is gained

Once we have decided that we will be faithful, it is important for us to keep connected with the Lord and cling to His promise of faithfulness to us because the devil does not give up easily. Sing a Scripture song or hymn, or recite memorized Scripture, and pray. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a good voice because your singing will be music to the Savior’s ears as He hears His child obeying Him by faith.

If you cannot sing or recite Scripture verses out loud, pray. Nothing can stop us from having open communion with the Savior. When we sing scripture songs, recite Bible verses, and pray we will find that we can be victorious in God’s strength. At the time we take hold of the Savior’s hand, Satan and his angels fall back in fear, and the victory is won.

Please know that you are not the only one who has temptations. I have struggled with a particular weakness in daydreaming, not necessarily about bad things—just idle thoughts. I recognized that this was not what the Lord wanted me to do with my time. I am finding victory. I have determined to really pray about this area of my character, asking God to change my heart. I have also determined to allow the Lord to replace it by having Him put His laws into my mind and to write them in my heart (see Hebrews 8:10).

It is my plea to you today that you will see the emptiness of Satan’s temptations in your life and choose by God’s grace to be victorious. I know how hard it is. I know how overwhelming it can seem, but let me encourage you—it is possible for you. You can be victorious. You can succeed. I still have temptations; I am seeking the grace of God to lead me in overcoming my sin. God is faithful and will guide our paths as long as we let Him. Victory is for you! We don’t have to be like the world, but we can be lights in the world. When we are resisting all the temptations the devil sends our way, what a blessing we can be to others. What a witness of the power of Jesus. We can be victorious Christian young people. Praise the Lord!

(Series concluded.)

Hannah Rayne is a young person who is passionate about her Savior Jesus Christ and she wants to share His love not only for teens and those struggling, but with everyone she meets! She believes that God’s plans are the best and only plans and wants others to experience for themselves what it truly means to fall in love with Jesus!

For more information about this ministry, Restoration International click on the link provided: here

For a copy of the book that this material is taken from click on the link provided: here

Meeting Temptation, Part 2

In the last post of this three-part series, we looked at Satan’s side of a temptation—why he tempts us and how he does it. In this post we will look at what we can do to prepare to meet and overcome Satan’s temptations in Christ’s strength. In the last post of this series we’ll look at what we can do when we are in the middle of a temptation.
When we allow Satan to lead us into discouragement, he takes this as the perfect opportunity to lead us into deeper temptation. He starts telling us lies. We listen to them and believe them. When he tells us we’re not good enough, our thought process is often something like this: “Yes, that’s true. I know I’m not good enough. So-and-so is better than I am. Christianity won’t work for me. I might as well give up now.” This looks foolish to us when we see where those first thoughts of doubt actually originated. Still, all of us have believed those lies. Satan then tells us that the world is more fun, and we’re not good enough. We believe him and try doing a few “fun” things. Then how do we feel? Happy? Maybe initially, but once that wears off we’re even more discouraged than before.
As we learn to see through Satan’s lies, he will try other ways. For example, he will slowly, subtly convince us that he is not very powerful, or he will cause us to just “forget” about him. Then he can present his temptations to us, and we will fall for them.
I distinctly remember one day when I pretty much forgot about the devil, and I fell for his temptation as a result. We were leaving home, and in my hurry I skipped my devotions. I wanted to have time with the Lord but felt that I didn’t have the time. Throughout the day the Lord called to my heart to spend time with Him, but I was busy and continued with what I was doing.
If I had recognized that it was the devil telling me I was too busy to spend time with the Lord, I would likely have determined to stop what I was doing and spend that time with my Savior, but I was too caught up in what I was doing to recognize that I was yielding to temptation. Since I had forgotten about him, the devil had success in sending his temptations that day, and I yielded. Later that day he tempted me to read something that I knew the Lord would not want me to read. I fell for that temptation too because I was not listening to the Lord’s warnings and because I had forgotten that Satan had a plan to lead me downward that day. If I had recognized that I would face the devil’s temptations that day, I would likely not have yielded. Since I was not tuned into my need to resist him, I was caught off guard.
If you look at this example, did I recognize I was being tempted? No. This is vital. When we recognize that we are being tempted, we will be able to resist that temptation much more easily. Now we’ll look at three things that can help us to resist temptation before it comes.

1. Recognize that we cannot resist temptation without Jesus
It is vital for us to recognize that we cannot resist temptation on our own. Satan is a powerful enemy, and we need Jesus to help us resist the devil. Even Jesus said when He was here on earth, “I do nothing of myself ” (John 8:28). If Jesus would do nothing of Himself, we must not think for a moment that we can. If we could see it as it really is, we would recognize that we are tiny and weak, and the devil is large and strong. When we try to resist the devil without the Lord, it is like we are poking a giant with a plastic knife! Do you think he is going to run away? Of course not! He will only laugh at our foolishness. However, when we take hold of Jesus’ strength, the devil trembles and flees as quickly as he can. We need not be disheartened; for when we link ourselves to the power of Jesus, we need never be a failure. Praise the Lord!

2. Recognize and pray about specific temptations

The next step is to recognize the specific temptations that Satan sends our way. All of us have specific areas of weakness. When we recognize our particular weaknesses, we must earnestly pray for victory in these areas. Once we pray in faith, the Lord will answer our prayers so we can find victory, even when it seems impossible.

3. Purpose in your heart to resist temptation

When we have recognized the things that particularly tempt us, it is vital to purpose in our hearts before we enter the temptation that we will not yield. Once we have made that choice, we will be strengthened to be faithful to the Lord in not listening to Satan’s lies and attractions, especially those things that appeal to us the most. Making decisions is much easier before the temptation because in the heat of the moment we can instantly choose to be faithful to God instead of trying to decide what to do.
In the Bible Daniel and his three friends “purposed in their hearts” that they would be faithful to God while in Babylonian captivity (see Daniel 1). When they went into the banquet hall of the king’s court to eat their first meal, the food served was very unhealthy. They knew before they walked in that they could not eat it for they would dishonor God. Prior to entering the room, they had already determined to be faithful to Him. They were prepared for the temptation because they had already decided what they would do. Obviously, they still had to determine to follow their resolve in the moment, but since they had already decided what they would do, it made their choice a lot easier. We can follow their example and determine each morning to be faithful to God during the day, and then when temptation does come, we’ll be prepared. Daniel and his friends were raised from early childhood to be faithful to God no matter what. I believe they surrendered their lives to God and were consistent in spending time with Him, or they would not have made the decision to honor God no matter the circumstances. They didn’t just wake up one morning and decide that they would resist temptation. They were grounded in what they knew to be right. We can be grounded in the truth too as we seek to grow closer to the Lord, and determine to follow Him. Then we will have the desire to determine to resist temptation.
We have been looking at what we can do before temptation comes. But all the preparation we can do will not free us from the decisions we must make in the moment. In the last post of this series we will look at five things we can do in the moment of temptation.

Hannah Rayne is a young person who is passionate about her Savior Jesus Christ and she wants to share His love not only for teens and those struggling, but with everyone she meets! She believes that God’s plans are the best and only plans and wants others to experience for themselves what it truly means to fall in love with Jesus!

For more information about this ministry, Restoration International click on the link provided: here

For a copy of the book that this material is taken from click on the link provided: here

Meeting Temptation, Part 1

Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to resist temptation? In this three-part series we will look at where temptation comes from, what we can do to prepare for it, and how we can resist it when we are being tempted.

If we look around the world today, we will find evil in almost every corner. Why? The wickedness in this world comes from choosing to follow the easy path that Satan sets before us. Satan and his angels tempt us to sin, and then we have a choice to make. Will we listen to them or to the Savior? They cannot force us to sin; they can only tempt us. We don’t have to yield. We don’t have to sin. So why do so many people yield? It is because they are not connected with heaven’s power. In our own strength we are not capable of resisting the devil. So we are the other part of the reason for the wickedness in this world— we yield to the devil—but don’t be discouraged. We are going to discuss some of the ways that Satan attacks us and how we can victoriously overcome him through Christ.

First, let’s look at why and how Satan tempts us. To put it simply, Satan tempts us to sin because he is miserable, and he knows that if he gets us to sin, we will be miserable too. It sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Sadly, it is true. Satan knows that one day his existence will be cut off, and he wants to take as many people with him as he can. He is very determined to destroy us. The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

As we look out on our world, it seems that he has been very successful too. How does he do it? How does such a cruel leader have so many followers? One of his most powerful weapons is deception. Satan lies to tempt us to follow him. We’ve all heard, and even believed, some of his lies. They go like this: “You’ve tried to be a Christian, and it hasn’t worked. It never will. It’ll work for somebody else but not for you. You might as well give it all up and do your own thing. It’ll be more fun.” Have you ever heard those kinds of words? I have, and too often I’ve believed them. They’re falsehood. Does he really not want you to be a Christian because you’re not good enough? No, of course not. He tells you that others are better, not because that’s what he thinks, but because he wants you to give up. While he’s telling you you’re not good enough, and that it works for others but not you, he’s telling the others that they’re not good enough either. His words of temptation are lies. Jesus said, “When he [Satan] speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 NKJV). Does he tell you his way is more fun because he really thinks it is? No. He tells you that because he really knows the Christian way is the way to happiness, and his way is the way to misery and emptiness—he wants you to be miserable. So the first way Satan works to tempt us is by telling us lies.

We must also recognize that sometimes Satan mixes truth into his temptations so that we accept them. So how do we discern between these temptations and what God wants us to do? We can know that anything that has falsehood mixed with truth is not of God, for God’s will is always the straight truth—with no lies mixed in. And whatever God is asking us to do will be in perfect harmony with the Bible, which is another good reason to spend time studying the Scriptures to learn what God wants us to know.

The next way Satan works is by tempting us when we’re at our weakest. When Jesus was here on earth, Satan tempted Him to use His miracle-working power to turn the stones into bread. Do you think Satan tempted Jesus to do that when He had just eaten? No, obviously not because it would not really be a temptation. He went to Jesus when He was hungry and had no food, but Jesus resisted that temptation. Since He was to be our example, He knew that we could not turn rocks to bread, so it would not be right for Him to do it either. We can resist even when Satan attacks us at our weakest moments. This is the second way Satan tries to tempt us.

Another of Satan’s lies is when he tries to deceive us by making us believe that he is not very powerful, or that he doesn’t even exist. He attempts to make us think that we can overcome him without much help from heaven because he knows we can’t. He trembles as we put our trust in the Lord, asking for His strength because then Satan knows he will be defeated. Satan’s temptations are snares to catch us and make us miserable.

In this post, we’ve looked at why Satan tempts us and how he does it. In the next post in this series, we will look at what we can do to prepare to meet and overcome Satan’s temptations in Christ’s strength.

Hannah Rayne is a young person who is passionate about her Savior Jesus Christ and she wants to share His love not only for teens and those struggling, but with everyone she meets! She believes that God’s plans are the best and only plans and wants others to experience for themselves what it truly means to fall in love with Jesus!

For more information about this ministry, Restoration International click on the link provided: here

For a copy of the book that this material is taken from click on the link provided: here

Who Is Like God?

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:18, 19)

He Means Me

“In His promises and warnings, Jesus means me. God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that I by believing in Him, might not perish, but have everlasting life. The experiences related in God’s word are to be my experiences. Prayer and promise, precept and warning, are mine. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. As faith thus receives and assimilates the principles of truth, they become a part of the being and the motive power of the life. The word of God, received into the soul, molds the thoughts, and enters into the development of character.” (Desire of Ages 390.5)

Solution

“If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke of Christ,–the yoke of obedience and service,–all your murmurings will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved.” (Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing 101.3)

A Savor of Life

“Let us keep the heart full of God’s precious promises, that we may speak words that will be a comfort and strength to others. Thus we may learn the language of the heavenly angels, who, if we are faithful, will be our companions through the eternal ages. Every day we should make advancement in gaining perfection of character, and this we shall certainly do if we press toward the mark of the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus. Let us not talk of the great power of Satan, but of the great power of God. We are to speak even as Christ spoke, allowing no harsh, impatient words to fall from our lips. Thus we shall be a savor of life to all with whom we come in contact.” (Youth’s Instructor, January 10, 1901 paragraph 3)

God’s Workmen

“The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. Whatever comes to him comes from the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Nothing can touch him except by the Lord’s permission. All our sufferings and sorrows, all our temptations and trials, all our sadness and griefs, all our persecutions and privations, in short, all things work together for our good. All experiences and circumstances are God’s workmen whereby good is brought to us.” (Ministry of Healing 488.4)