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October 18, 2013

Temptation

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Matthew 6:13. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

God never leads into temptation. This is said in a rhetorical way asking God’s help in not being attracted to things that would tempt us. It is not God Who places us in the path of temptation. It is our choice. An alcoholic knows not to go into a bar. Satan will do all he can to deceive us and say we won’t fall into the temptation. We usually know when we choose to go our own way rather than God’s way. We ask God to deliver us from the evil one (Satan). We know we will fall and we ask God to pick us up when we do. Our question is are we willing to stay away from things that would tempt us? We often have the attitude, “just this once won’t really hurt.” One time leads to another. Our plans for recreation fall through on Saturday. It won’t be bad if we miss church this one Sunday. Before long missing church becomes acceptable to us. This poor line of reasoning applies to any area that might tempt us from being obedient to God. Let us choose to stay out of the tempter’s way with God’s help.

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June 11, 2013

Temptations

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James 1:13. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.

We are tested through temptations but it is not God Who does the tempting. We are tempted through our own sinfulness. We often choose what seems good and pleasing because we don’t have the faith to wait for the best and the fulfilling. We often think only of what we want, forgetting that God has our best interests and His glory for us. When we are honest with ourselves we must admit we know when giving in to the temptation is not in God’s best for us. We just don’t care. After all, God is forgiving. Our thoughts are unloving and unfaithful. Let us remember the temptations faced by Jesus right after He was baptised. He had a single purpose. Do the Father’s will. Only be obedient and faithful. Our question is, when we are tempted, and we will be regularly, will we check it out with God in prayer or we stuff God back and go ahead anyway? God doesn’t tempt us but He does give us the freedom of choice. Let us choose love and faith and obedience.

May 2, 2013

Choices

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Matthew 17:1-3. Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. And he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with him.

We think of Jesus as God which is right but we fail to think of Him as a human with a body which will feel pain, emotions which feel loneliness, and a mind to make choices much like we have.  There were a few times He had the choice as to whether to follow through with God’s plan to redeem mankind.  The first was in the wilderness after His baptism.  The above scripture is another time.  He knew He was about to face the cross.  He took His closest friends with Him for emotional encouragement.  When He was transformed He had a choice to return to the Father.  Moses went easily,  Elijah didn’t even face death.  What a temptation it must have been to want to be free from the burden.  He looked at the friends He loved and knew their future along with all mankind depended on His choice.  Our question is do we really realize what it cost Him and how very much He did for us?  When we are faced with a difficult choice will we choose the easy way are go God’s way?

March 28, 2013

Temptation

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Luke 22:40. When he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 

There is so much contained in these last few chapters in Matthew (actually in all the chapters in the Holy Bible) but Lent is quickly ending.  We read one of our Lord’s last instructions to His disciples (that includes us) before He faced crucifixion;  “Pray we do not fall into temptation.”  We repeat those words every time we recite “The Lord’s Prayer.”  Our question is do we realize our part in this request?  We cannot expect God to keep us from temptation if we go where temptation is.  It is different for each of us.  Some cannot go to all you can eat buffets and others cannot be around alcohol.  The list goes on and on.  We also cannot expect God’s protection when we read, listen or watch something that would lead us into temptation or dull our senses to it.  If you are privileged to go to a worship service today in preparation for Good Friday tomorrow, whether it be through taking of the communion elements, foot washing or anything else, let us not only pray not to fall into temptation, let us choose not to put ourselves in view or hearing of it.

February 25, 2012

Pride

Matthew 4:6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The second temptation was the Pride of life. While the first temptation was aimed to war against man using the weak flesh, the second was geared to war against the human spirit and its pride and haughtiness. This temptation aims for those who are strong, who have life of church involvement, and practice the church rites and rituals. When we boast, and show pride because of our dedication to church events, the gifts God has given us and His work in our life; we are living a false life of piety. Satan tempted Jesus misusing the scripture twisting it to imply that one can jump from the top of a pinnacle and not be hurt. We have seen many who appear on the top of their world give into a temptation because they considered themselves above temptation. They considered themselves as being above all. Then we see them fall. All of us are tempted with pride from time to time. It is a false pride because it covers up our deep-rooted feelings of not being good enough or doing good enough. God says our goodness is as filthy rags. We can never, in and of ourselves, be good enough or do good enough. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus and through God’s grace that any good can come out of us and that good is because God graciously gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit. Today is a day to contemplate areas where we have built up too much pride. Today is a day to acknowledge that without God in us, we are nothing. The hardest part is being honest with ourselves. Then, after confession we must accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves and move on using the gifts and grace God gives us and give the credit and glory to God.

February 24, 2012

Bread of Life

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Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When Jesus was in the wilderness fasting for forty days in preparation for His ministry Satan tempted him. The first temptation was food. After 40 days Jesus was extremely hungry. He knew His source of food was doing God the Father’s will above all else. He knew that the spirit would starve if the only food we ate was the “bread of the land.” He knew we must digest the words from God to keep our spirits alive and healthy. Yes, our physical bodies need food and God sent His angels down after Jesus defeated Satan by not giving in to temptation. Temptation is not sin. Giving into it is sin. Anytime we put anything material ahead of God it is sin. During lent lets be sure we have our priorities straight. Even when our bodies need the food of this earth we can put God first by taking time to thank Him for the ability of this earth to grow the food. Let us make a habit of doing this any and every time we eat anything. Doing this helps to keep our priorities straight and also helps to make us aware of when we are putting food into our mouths.
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