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13 temptations common to the working man

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I started writing this a while ago and finished it after church today. It’s a bunch of temptations ('pressures’) I feel every day in the working context. They are sub-surface to anyone else but not to the one who has a pretty good grasp on pretty much everything from the quantum to the lonely sparrow to the galaxial flow to the inner thoughts of yours truly. 

Temptation street in the real estate of the soul is not where I will be investing - I got some pretty cool property elsewhere and hopefully this little 'writin' here can go to the deposit. 

Thanks SOM for your challenges today: to persevere in trials and temptations and to know that there is a mediator

Here are my work-trials, prayers, strategies and ultimately my help cause behind the words are the one true God who is my strength, my shield, my reward… (The verses after the ‘pressure’ bit are also my prayers and my strategy because I’m hoping to memorise them and then pray them upwards when the vertical turbulence hits…) Appreciate your intercessions and let me know if you need em in return...

1. Pressure to be popular and honourable when sometimes its impossible to be popular and honourable at the same time...

John 7:18 'He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him’ and 

Gal 1:10 'Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.'

2. Pressure to judge and condemn when I should seek to judge and redeem. 

Luke 6:37-38 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” and

Matt 5:9 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.'

3. Pressure to pass on gossip or unconfirmed truth because it feels good. 

Ps 141:3-4 'Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the doorway of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil…’

4. Pressure to refuse correction because I’m proud and stubborn. 

Ps 141:5 "Let a righteous man strike me–it is a kindness; let him rebuke me –it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it” and

1 Pe 5:5-6 "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time

5. Pressure  to lattes and laxity, to fritter away time, to sit influentially but idly in positions of power or authority...

Rev 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End"

6. Pressure to exploit truth in conversations and presentations: to overstate, embellish, reduce, distort or neglect details for my own ends. 

Ps 51:6 "Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place."

7. Pressure to compromise with pretty women... 

Proverbs 5:18 "May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love” and

Matt 5:28 "But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart"

8. Pressure to silence when some sort of  correction is required.

2 Tim 4:2 "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage –with great patience and careful instruction"

9. Pressure to delight in the vindication of self and the downfall of adversaries: pressure to overstate my case and understate theirs, pressure to proclaim their misdemeanours because I feel I am being unjustly treated.

Ex 23:1,2 “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong” and

1 Pe 2:23 "When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly”

10. Pressure to forget the big plan and get lost on a forest of concerns. One day I will be in the grave in dirt and decay and my only lasting efforts will be in Him.  

Ps 33:10-11 "The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations

11. Pressure to grumble and complain.

1 Th 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” and

Phil 2:14 "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life…

12. Pressure to internally rage when unfairly questioned or caricaturised. 

James 1:19-20 "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires…’ and

Eccl 10:4 "If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post;  calmness can lay great errors to rest.

13. Pressure to internally boast when I do well, and then to seek future success as though I caused past success... 

Ps 33:16-17 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save... We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

"Not by power nor by might but by my Spirit says the Lord" (who is also my Mediator) 

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