Jesus is the Saviour and the Destroyer. He won the victory so you can defeat temptation.
1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
This powerful verse reminds us that believers are not followers of the devil. We are born of God. The Son of God came to destroy the works of the Devil. Are you part of the world Jesus came to destroy or part of the Kingdom He is building?
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How you think about sin and sinners will protect you from temptation or open the door for seduction.
Psalm 37:1 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, Neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”
There are two commands in this verse that will keep us from falling into foolish thinking regarding sinners.
The word “fret” literally means to grow warm from agitation. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word in this verse to mean, “To tease; to irritate; to vex; to make angry.”
What do you think about when you see the prosperity of the wicked? Does it (more…)
Sin causes always causes sorrow eventually. Be sorry now or be sorrier later.
Psalm 38:18 “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”
Sin hurts. It causes death, destruction, pain, and heartache. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it always causes something to die. How can I be so sure? God declares it.
One of the many consequences of sin is sorrow. Sorrow is distress caused by loss. It is the expression of grief, sadness, or disappointment.
Sin causes three types of sorrow.
Sin hurts those around you. It saddens and disappoints them. It always hurts them emotionally and sometimes physically. This sorrow turns into resentment.
Resentment is the feeling of displeasure or indignation. It says, “How could you do that?” or “I don’t deserve that.”
Resentment corrupts relationships and burns bridges. It is sorrow turned into bitterness.
Regret is to feel sorrow or remorse; to think with a sense of loss. This sorrow says, “Think what could have been! Look what I’ve done! I can’t believe what I’ve lost!”
Regret is the guaranteed for the sinner. The rebel cries, “No regrets!” today, but they will know the sting of it eventually; often, after they have wasted years of precious life.
Repentance is more than simple sorrow. It is an acknowledgment of sin against our Holy God. It is a sorrow derived from the realization that our sin dishonors God, violates His Word, and disregards His benevolence.
Our text verse today speaks of repentance. The psalmist declared his iniquity and confessed his sorrow.
There are two types of repentance mentioned in 2 Corinthians chapter 7. Godly sorrow leads to repentance and salvation. This change of mind leads to a change in action. Worldly sorrow leads to death. It is a regret without a change. It is the sorrow of one that keeps walking toward destruction.
Sin always causes sorrow. You can remain rebellious until sin takes everything precious from you. Then you will be sorry. Or you can repent today. Declare your sin to God. Realize the depth of your offense against a Holy God. Proclaim your sorrow and ask for forgiveness.
You will be sorry now by choice or later by experience.
Understand that sin always causes sorrow. Just say NO to temptation today.
[callout]“Lord, I declare my iniquity. I am sorry for my sin. I’m sorry that my sin offends Your holiness, betrays Your good name, and hurts those You love. Forgive me of my sin. Give me victory over the sins of my flesh. Help me to walk in Thy Spirit today. Amen.'[/callout]
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Genesis chapter 3 introduces us to temptation. It reveals Satan’s most effective method of seduction. Learn these four steps and protect yourself from them.
Genesis 3:4 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
Satan subtly approached Eve. He was cunning, sly, masking his true intentions. The tempter doesn’t approach you in truth saying, “I’m the devil. I’m here to destroy you.” On the contrary, he often presents himself as a peer, a guide, or a friend.
He gains your trust by convincing you he understands who you are and how you feel. It is all a charade to gain entrance into your life.
[shareable]Temptation is the devil prompting you to do what your sinful nature craves. Just say NO.[/shareable]
The devil uses surrogates to get close (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…)