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…)
Your heart can be soft or hard. Which is it right now?
A tender heart is absolutely necessary for the Christian. God warns us to guard our heart diligently because all of life’s actions and emotions flow through it.
Satan works restlessly to corrupt the heart through sin. He knows that if he can pollute our hearts that we are easy prey for his other traps.
A soft heart is essential. You won’t live for God without it. A soft heart is tender toward God. It’s grateful for God’s blessings. It’s attentive to His voice. It’s surrendered to His will. It’s kind and compassionate towards others. It’s saddened by sin and rejoices in righteousness. A soft heart wants to please the Lord in all things.
A hard heart is the opposite. It is selfish and unkind. It’s more interested in pleasing self than the Lord.
A hard heart changes how you feel. It is ungrateful. It forgets God’s miracles and blessings to focus on the material. It is cynical and negative. It cares little for the things of God.
A hard heart changes (more…)
Sin changes the way you see the world. The more you sin, the more foolish you become. Reject temptation and be wise.
Psalm 53:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: There is none that doeth good.”
I knew a preacher that used to say, “Sin makes you stupid.” The longer I live, the more I agree with him.
Sin is a trojan horse that promises pleasure but has hidden consequences. It begins to change the way you think and feel.
Like a computer virus, sin begins to rewrite your operating system. It changes your priorities, motivations, hopes, and fears. In fact, you become a different person as you go deeper into sin.
We all know people that used to be honorable who sin has corrupted. The world is full of examples. Women that used to be good mothers, who now (more…)
Sin promises happiness but steals joy. That’s a trade you don’t want to make.
Psalm 51:12 “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with thy free spirit.”
Joy is gladness from God.
It is different than happiness. Happiness is caused by good things happening to you. Joy is gladness from God regardless of your circumstances.
Have you ever seen a Christian go through a terrible trial who hasn’t lost their sweetness and their smile? That’s joy. It allows you to live above your circumstances.
The world cannot give joy. It only comes from God. It can’t be bought or bartered, but comes through surrendered obedience to God’s will and Word.
The world promises pleasure through sin. Make no mistake. Sin is fun for a season, but the season is short, and the consequences are long. There is only enough (more…)
Your testimony as a believer brings God glory or blasphemy. Make sure it is glory by saying NO to temptation.
2 Samuel 12:14“Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that isborn unto thee shall surely die.”
In this verse, Nathan the prophet is explaining to King David the consequences of his sin with Bathsheba. The baby would not live but go to Heaven. David would live. God had forgiven his sin. Nevertheless, David’s transgression had given the enemies of the Lord an excellent opportunity to blaspheme.
Blasphemy is to speak evil against God.
The world knows that Christians are to live differently. Most unbelievers have a general idea of what God declares as right and wrong.
When you obey the Lord, He can use your life to bring conviction to unbelievers and glory to Himself.
When you sin, your testimony loses its effect on the world.
Unbelievers need to see God working powerfully in your life. Some are desperate for help. They need to see your victory to (more…)