The lure of sin can be resisted if we have the right focus. The cross is that focus. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus!
25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes [or, let your eyes be captivated by her beauty].
Day 18 of 21 Days of Deep
Temptation is hard to beat. In fact, there is no human who has ever done it except Jesus. At the same time, the LORD wants us to learn how to beat it. It’s not a matter of becoming strong enough; it’s a matter of learning to look to Him in our moment of temptation for His strength and His perspective. When we realize what our sin did to Jesus (the Cross), we think twice about committing it. Let’s look at the crucifixion through David’s eyes.
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.[a]
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.[b]
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
15 My mouth[c] is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce[d] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
Scripture-Read it. Ask the Spirit to speak to you as you read.
Observe– Did you notice anything in particular? Did the Spirit highlight anything?
Apply– How does this passage apply to you? Is your overall desire to please Jesus and to look like Him?
Pray– Ask the Lord to help you understand-even deeper-what it means to have Christ in you. Ask Him the what, where, when, why and how concerning this passage.
For an in-depth look at this passage, see the following lesson below.