by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday, May 22
InTouch Early Light Devotional
There are all sorts of ads on the radio and on television. Often, when it gets down to the fine print, the announcer speaks so fast that you can't keep up with him. Why does he speak quickly? He's reading the part the company would rather you didn't hear. The important message: Buy it now.
Satan makes the same presentation: Don't worry about the future; you can have immediate fulfillment now! The strength of Satan's temptations is that worldly things are available immediately. You can have them - for a price - and they will provide temporary gratification.
The Enemy doesn't bring up tomorrow. He invites us to forfeit our future by demanding immediate fulfillment of our desires. There is nothing you or I "must have" now that is worth stepping out of God's will or losing the privileges and opportunities He has prepared for us. God has a plan for our lives, and there is absolutely nothing that can compare with His will, His purpose, and His goals.
Our relationship with God is the most important aspect of our existence. No experience at any time in our lives compares in the slightest with knowing Him. Yet every day, because we must "have it now," we're tempted to choose what Satan has to offer.
We sacrifice our future when we make irrevocable decisions in times of emotional weakness. Jesus Christ can help us face any temptation or trial Satan can throw our way. The Lord is there for us, and He will never leave us or forsake us.
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