“Yield not to temptation, For yielding is sin –

Each victory will help you, Some other to win.

Fight manfully onward, Dark passions subdue,

Look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through!”

The chorus words that Horatio R. Palmer wrote and then set to the song “Yield Not to Temptation” are for us too:

“Ask the Savior to help you,

Comfort, strengthen and keep you.

He is willing to aid you –

He will carry you through.”

The older we get to be, the more we realize that our hearts and lives need to be more greatly assured that we are heading directly to the wonderful and marvelous Heaven.

The direction of our hearts may once have been away from God, from Christ and from the Holy Spirit leading in the Christian life. We thought back in a dangerous time that we could march along with the drumbeats of the Devil and not have to care about anything in the forever future of Hell. The most wonderful choice in life is to welcome Christ and allow Him to take control more fully every day! Absolutely, none of us will regret it.

Accepting Christ as personal Savior is the great decision we embark upon to be less controlled by the “World, Flesh and the Devil.” The new knowledge and respectful fear for God grows the hatred for sin and also into a love for truth and right living. Wisdom that is right and blessed for us comes only from God. James writes in 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is
first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” There is not one negative or painful part of receiving Christ as Savior and then learning to grow daily into the joys of Him.

False wisdom is dumped into life as the Devil seeks dominance in everyone’s day. He puts a pretty color and a bright shine upon all influences against God possible. Old Satan is real in the world today, and we will need the wisdom of Christ in our hearts in order to not be
controlled by the Devil.

The Psalmist wrote in chapter 111 and verse 10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever.” There are multitudes of choices we are to settle daily in our hearts and not just the 10 commandments. They dramatically show us that we have absolutely no possibility of going to Heaven by just convincing ourselves that we always follow every one of the 10 commandments. Christ is the way, the truth and the only promise of life in Heaven.

Jesus is the light that every one of us desperately needs. We are to be in the world, but not simply “of” it. The devilish powers of darkness absolutely tempt each of us, and we so greatly need to call out to God for help to avoid that darkness of temptation. James 3:14 and 15 show us: “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”

The next verse informs our minds and hearts that “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16). We do not need any more of all the downward pressures that try to destroy our lives, as we know how we should fly upward more strongly toward Heaven.

The second verse of “Yield Not to Temptation” says:

“Shun evil companions, Bad language disdain.

God’s name hold in reverence, Nor take it in vain;

Be thoughtful and earnest, Kindhearted and true

Look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through.”

The real difficulty in all of this choice is not of God, but rather of our hearts. The Godhead is on the side of the person “in Christ.” We need to take into our hearts and minds each day the love of God. It is the most serious aspect in a human heart. We cannot brush it off in order to think that since we have “chosen Christ,” we can now go ahead with life as we choose.

Wisdom must now be diligently sought (Proverbs 2:1-9). We really need to “Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not” (Proverbs 8:33). This can only be done in our lives by receiving Christ as personal Savior. Paul writes in Galatians 5:16: “Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

Our song concludes in verse three:

“To him that overcometh, God giveth a crown.

Through faith we shall conquer, Though often cast down.

He who is our Savior, Our strength will renew.

Look ever to Jesus, He will carry you through.

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

Truth is way far better than temptation.

R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.