On the second day ‘fore Christmas we are to pray for strength against temptation, wisdom in decisions, patience with each other, forgiveness for our sins, give praise for His love, have love for one another, have joy to share with others, have peace in our hearts and thank God for His amazing grace.
There are temptations everywhere – that’s not a news flash to anyone, I’m sure. We don’t have the strength to resist them on our own power – that may come as a surprise to some. It’s only with help from God’s Holy Spirit that we can tell Satan to get behind us and resist whatever temptation is set before us. We can say, “Get thee behind me, Satan – in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior” – and he has to flee – go – decamp! Vamoose! Scram! Hit the proverbial road!!!
It seems the younger we are in the faith, the longer it takes us to call for reinforcements where temptation is concerned. As we get more seasoned and wise, we learn that it’s a good idea to just lean on God’s Holy Spirit from the beginning – and send the evil one packing right away.
It’s such a comfort to have spiritual guidance through the twists and turns of mortal life here on earth. This can be a scary place, this planet. I’m glad I can call on God and His Holy Spirit to help me down the road, especially when there are speed bumps trying to slow me down.
We celebrate the birth of Christ, His love, joy, peace, mercy and willingness to die on Calvary’s cross so that a wretch like me could spend eternity in heaven. When Christ ascended into heaven, He did not leave us alone, but left the precious Holy Spirit – the Comforter – the Helper – to guide us along in life. Aren’t we grateful? 🙂