Yield Not …

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While reading Michael Hyatt’s post on The Difference Between a Sin and a Mistake, the words of Trinity Hymnal #582, Yield Not to Temptation kept playing in my head.

Yield Not to Temptation

Yield not to temptation,
For yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you
Some other to win;
Fight manfully onward;
Dark passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus,
He will carry you through.

Ask the Saviour to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

Shun evil companions;
Bad language disdain;
God’s name hold in rever’nce,
Nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest,
Kindhearted and true;
Look ever to Jesus,
He will carry you through.

To him that o’ercometh
God giveth a crown;
Through faith we shall conquer,
Though often cast down;
He who is the Saviour
Our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus,
He will carry you through.

In today’s world where boundaries are blurred, it is hard to keep moving when there is a constant barrage of information. What is even more unsettling is the complete and utter disregard in the differences of right and wrong. Sometimes, I wonder if we even know the difference. Are we really aware of temptation, our dark passions, evil companions, and bad language? Or, have we become so engrossed in the world around us that we are immune to sin in our own lives?

Sage advice often warns us to stop and smell the roses. Stopping is not always good—especially when the rose is not planted on your property or in the right soil. Now and again, it is best to keep it moving.When Joseph’s master’s mistress tried to seduce him, he ran away so quickly that he left his coat behind (Genesis 39:12). He shunned an evil companion and yielded not.

For many of us, we only see infidelity or sexual impurity as sins. However, lying, idolatry, hate, vengeance, wrath, gluttony, and a multitude of other transgressions befall the best of us daily. Not only must we identify, repent, and correct sin in own lives (Acts 3:19), we must forgive others when they have sinned (Luke 17:3).

More importantly, before a sin is committed we must hold one another up in prayer, taking special care to keep our spouses covered. It seems that so many men are making ill-willed decisions that are costing them their reputations, jobs, and families. Mothers are decidedly murdering their children—and I am not talking about abortion either. There are so many cries to take back our country. What about taking back our salvation? Our marriages? Our families? Our children?

Today, on this Wifey Wednesday blog post I beg you to commit time to really pray for your husband. Pray fervently for his (and your) protection and that neither of you yield to temptation. Also, pray that God gives you both a heart of obedience and a capacity to forgive.


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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

4 comments on “Yield Not …”

  1. Robert Reply
    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. Your post caught my attention this morning because I posted an article on Horatio Palmer's gospel song. I greatly appreciate your comments. Well said!
    • Makasha Dorsey Reply
      Thank you. I will be contacting you soon. I am working on a series of posts on how hymns are still relevant today. Its nice to know there is someone out there who believe in their importance as much as I do.

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