Thursday – December 2, 2021


"When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time." - Luke 4:13

A few weeks before the NBA season begins, all the rookie players are required to meet in Tarrytown, New York, for a mandatory orientation session.  They're essentially locked in a hotel for six days: no pagers, no cell phones.  The rookies are taught about life in the big leagues--everything from how to deal with the media to how to make sensible investments with their new riches.

One year, despite the secrecy surrounding the orientation, a group of female fans staked out the location.  On the first night of the orientation, they were hanging out in the hotel bar and restaurant, dressed to be noticed.  The players were pleased by the attention.  There was a lot of flirting, and the players made plans to meet up with some of the women later in the week.

The next morning, the rookies dutifully showed up for their class.  They were surprised to see the female fans in front of the room.  The women introduced themselves again, one by one.  "Hi, I'm Sheila and I'm HIV positive."  "Hi, I'm Donna and I'm HIV positive."

Suddenly the talk about AIDS clicked for the rookies.  They saw how life could get out of control, how a single night of temptation could cause a lifetime of regret.

Temptation can come at any time. Today in prayer, ask the Lord to make you aware of any temptations and have Him lead you away from all temptation.

"When evil desire finds you armed with the fear of God and the determined to resist, it will flee far away from you.” – Hermas, the Shepherd

God's Word: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”- Matthew 6:13