February 13, 2018

Giving In

By: Bethany Acker [Plover, WI]

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

Temptation pulls, drags you down
a road so bright and hopeful.
You think it’s best and walk along,
thinking no one will ever know.

But times change quickly and you’re left alone,
stumbling in the dark.
Everyone abandons you despite what you’ve done
to be just like them from the start.

You’ve fallen hard and don’t know what to do.
This place is dark and lonely.
You hurt knowing you have let others down
and not yourself only.

Temptations were too strong.
You let them win,
following others for too long.
Now it’s time to get back up again.

Leave this life of giving in;
move on with strength that comes from God.
Only God can save you from temptation.
Only God can give you acceptance and true love.

PRAYER FOR STRENGTH: I have given in to temptation and sinned against you, God. I have brought you shame and disappointment. I ask for your forgiveness, knowing I don’t deserve it. Thank you for washing and cleansing me. Strengthen my weak body to stand against the temptations of this world.

Tynea Lewis [New Holland, PA]

Take The Challenge

Decide with your friends or youth group how you will hold each other accountable for living your beliefs and following God’s dreams for you. As you do, notice the ways you become positive role models for others.


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