Julie's Temptation to Immorality
"The hardest temptation in my Christian walk has been that of working daily with another man," Julie admitted. "Because we had daily contact, he shared problems and I saw his strengths and weaknesses. He would look deeply into my eyes and I into his. Before I understood my feelings, I had fallen in love with him."
Julie knew she must consider the consequences. God helped her to take the following steps that led to victory.
She got up earlier to spend more time in prayer and Bible reading.
To the best of her ability, she didn't allow herself to be in a situation in which she was alone with him.
She controlled her mind from thinking any thought that she would later have to confess as sin.
She found that John Wesley stated that a man should never look deeply into a woman's eyes. She understood why. When her coworker tried to get her to look deeply into his eyes, she'd look away.
One day he called her into his office. He began to tell her how easy it was for him to talk to her and said he couldn't talk to his wife because she always got so upset.
That morning God had given Julie 1 Corinthians 10:13: "God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." A sinus cold had hit her earlier and she was feeling so miserable she didn't care what he said.
After that, circumstances changed and she didn't have to work. Now when she sees her children serving God, she thinks what a mess their lives would have been had she fallen from grace.
Dear Lord, help us to realize the devastating consequences of sin before it's too late.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).
Memory Verse for June
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you...O Great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds" (Jeremiah 32:17-19).