Monday, August 20th


"You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.  Genesis 3:4-7

Dear Heavenly Father,

The devil is a beast in conversations with my soul.  He calls you a liar and puts thoughts of distrust in my heart.  At the same time, he tempts me to be independent and to decide for myself what is good for me and what is right or wrong.  When I fall for his tales, I find myself naked with guilt and shame.  Oh, please lead me not into temptation by him.  I am no match for him.   Hold your cross in front of my eyes to clothe me in its shadows.  I have never found anything else that will free me from the guilt and shame of having acted selfishly.  Thank you for this deep hearted salvation.  


Only with God in our corner can we stay in the ring with Satan.

 Additional Reading: James 1:2-18, , James 4:7-10