Avoid It! - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole


Bible Verses: Proverbs 4:23

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life."

Reflect and Respond:

Having a plan in place helps, so if possible, make a plan to help you avoid temptation today. Here are some additional verses to help you focus your thoughts: 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 119:11, James 4:7. Finally, how can we pray for you today?


Father, I confess my sin to You and thank You for Your forgiveness. I know that through You I can have victory over temptation. Help me to avoid temptation and live in Your victorious power today. Amen.

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Very true - where we put our energy, the seeds will blossom. If you put your time and energy on thinking about nothing but the temptation you are faced with, you will give in. It becomes all you can think about. Instead, instantly call out to God for strength and move on. We all have a fleshly nature, and temptations will often arise - we need to strengthen our faith muscles and walking away will get easier and easier as time moves forward. If God is for us - who can be against us?
I liik this verse, it put me in perceptive.
Thank you Arnie For sharing
Arnie you say you was in your 40s when you started following Christ, I didn’t have such a choice because of my grandmother I been with God even before I was 4 year old. As I reach my early to mid 20s I even wanted to go into the ministry but God said (No) and God told me why. God had another plan for me and here I am in my mid 60s and I writing this so you can read it. You see over the year I have send the world different than how most people see it. I see the possibility that this world could be and the heart that most people have of humanity, yet people mind gets tainted over the unjust thoughts of others because it fit more into ideology of the way things should be than the way things needs to be and the way people want it to be most of the time doesn’t coincide the way God wanted it to be. Which in up in a very weird conundrum of the truth to what is totally fiction. I have found myself walking a path that I wouldn’t have chosen to follow but it was a path I had to follow in order to see what I needed to see which is outside of the norm that everyone else seems to follow. Would I have chosen to see things differently if I had the choice to do so. No I won’t but it wasn’t my choice to choose what I needed to see. The world is going through a change in which more and more people will be turning away from God because they want their Heaven here on Earth. Just last weekend along should have shown the people who have the true Faith in God but it too have fallen to blind eyes. How many time have we heard don’t worship false idol yet it have fallen on deaf ear, by see people praise a Golden idol of Donald Trump. How in the world did one person who said he did more for christianity than Jesus Christ became more popular than God?
Why do you call the course of your Life "short"?
I want the course of my short life to be in accordance with Your will and Your purpose which You have designed for me, and I ask You Lord Jesus, please help me to guard my heart.
Amen! Lord our Father, help me not to stumble. Watch-over me always. Psalm 51:10
Amen 🙏, Jesus Christ my lord savior. I am grateful to have you in my heart and in my life, continue to guide me in the right direction. I love you Jesus, In Jesus’s name, amen. 🙏❤️🙏
Yes thanks be to God aaaaamen
I love when God provides confirmation - I am studying a leadership devotion and today’s verse is Proverbs 4:23-27. Truly, God is driving this point home to me. Heavenly Father, Thank you
Luzel- I'm praying... that you find peace by coming closer to the prince of peace...in Jesus' name Amen.
It is definitely a choice we must make.
Luzel, I'm praying for you to receive God's love and peace and that He will show you how to resolve conflict without anger.
Succinct piece of advice. To avoid TEMPTATION, don't THINK ABOUT IT! Thank you.
Pray that I will be bold and gracious in sharing about our need to repent of sin.
I have an anger management problem. And it is causing my strains to my relationships, esp with my husband and daughter. Please, pray for me to be able to overcome it through the power of God’s word.