There is one behind the scenes planning your demise. He lurks in the shadows hoping you will not notice him.
Like a puppet master, he pulls strings hoping you follow his lead. As a skilled tactician, he strategizes your defeat. As a dark general, he marshalls his forces against you planning attacks. As a devious con artist, he offers you what you want but only gives pain. As a subtle liar, he will come to you as a friend only to destroy you after he gains your trust. He is the tempter.
He is known by many names: (more…)
God is the Deliverer, not the tempter.
James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”
The word “tempt” has two primary meanings in the Bible. It is vital that you don’t get the two confused.
Let’s define them according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. It is a reliable resource to define Bible words quickly.
Definition 1 – “To incite or solicit to an evil act; to entice to something wrong by presenting arguments that are plausible or convincing, or by the offer of some pleasure or apparent advantage as the inducement.”
This is a temptation to sin.
Definition 2 – “In Scripture, to try: to prove; to put to trial for proof.”
This is a temptation to see.
God will never tempt you to sin. He does not (more…)
Sin not only costs you today but also steals from your future.
Psalm 31:10 “For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: My strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.”
One of the least recognized consequences of sin is the loss of future potential. Every sin has a cost. Some sins cost a lifetime. The results of these sins change the trajectory of a life reducing options in the future.
[shareable]It has been said, ‘The decisions you make today determine what choices are available to you tomorrow.'[/shareable]
Older people grasp this truth better than young people. It is hard for youths to understand the infinite potential of a life lived for God. They know they have potential but cannot perceive the heights available to them through obedience to God. Also, they don’t appreciate the devastating effects sin has on their future.
Adults have a different perspective. They (more…)
Sin separates you from God. Also, it separates you from God’s will and delays God’s work in your life.
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
God has a will for you and work for you to do. You will find great joy and satisfaction in fulfilling the purposes for which God created you. One man said, “Success in the Christian life is to find God’s will and do it.”
[shareable]What a privilege that God seeks to use us in spite of all of our shortcomings![/shareable]
Sin postpones God’s purpose in your life. Sin holds up your progress. It delays your Christian growth. It suspends God’s blessings. Sin hinders you from doing what you were made to do. Is the fleeting pleasure of sin worth (more…)
There is a war occurring in every Christian. Fleshly desires of the sin nature besiege the redeemed soul. The battle can be exhausting. Here’s how to win.
1 Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”
A new nature was born within you when you trusted Christ. Your soul was cleansed of sin and conveyed the righteousness of Christ. It wants to please God in all things and cannot sin.
Your flesh did not get converted when your soul did. It has the same old desires. Your body doesn’t care what God wants or about your general welfare. Lust takes what it wants without concern for consequence.
[shareable]Fleshly lusts grow when you feed them, but they weaken when you deny them.[/shareable]
As you strive to live for God today, your flesh cries out (more…)