I don’t think anyone would argue that
the best way to avoid being bitten by bugs is to wear plenty
of bug spray. The past several days in Southern Ontario have
been extremely hot and humid. Perfect “bug” weather!
Especially early in the morning before the sun is out. So
this morning when I went out for my walk, I sprayed
myself—liberally! No bug was going to keep me from enjoying
my walk this morning! But when I got outside, there weren't
It took me a few minutes to realize why: A
strong, steady breeze blew in from the south. The wind was
keeping the bugs at bay!
In life, we are constantly
being bombarded by the "bugs" of temptation. Yes, we can
keep the bugs at bay by covering ourselves with Jesus, and
we can learn to avoid “buggy” places. But are there times
when the “bugs" of temptation are simply kept away from
On the day of Pentecost, the arrival of the Holy
Spirit is said to have been like a strong wind (Acts 2:1-2:
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in
one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent
wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they
were sitting."). I would like to suggest that just like the
strong wind this morning kept all the bugs away, being in
the presence of and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit
also keeps temptation away!
What about it, friends?
Would you like a bug-free life? Are you tired of having to
deal with temptation? How about making it a point to spend
more time in the presence of the Holy Spirit? Spend time
each day praying in the Spirit, listening for His voice,
seeking His guidance. At such times you become so wrapped up
in Him that temptation can’t enter your mind!
addition to Spiritual "Bug Spray", why not a little
“But you, dear friends, build
yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy
Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal
life.” (Jude 20-21)