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…)
Don’t let your heart grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Most people are particular about the temperature of the beverages they drink. If it was meant to be hot, they want it hot. If it was made to be cold, they want it cold. Anyone a fan of a nice hot milkshake? I didn’t think so.
Love was made to be hot. Love is not a state of being but rather a series of actions. Love works. It moves. Like a boiling pot, love is active.
[shareable]Jesus said, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ Love equals obedience to God.[/shareable]
However, love can cool. It can lose its fervor. A boiling pot of love can become an ice cube of apathy in the wrong conditions.
Love and sin are opposites. Love is hot. Sin is cold. Love gives. Sin steals. Love helps. Sin hurts. Love flows from the heart of God. Sin was born in rebellion.
If you put a cup of (more…)