January 02, 2017
Temptation is not sin, but it is the foyer. Sin finds its genesis there and it’s appropriate that the beginning chapters of Genesis give the foundational illustration of how temptation and sin occurs.
To be unaware about a deadly poisonous snake, aggressively approaching you every day would be deadly. Why would you not give daily attention to Satan’s temptations and your responses?
Satan brings a crafty temptation to doubt God's Word.
Now the serpent was more crafty ... and he said to the woman, ""Indeed, has God said ..."" (Genesis 3:1)
Satan lies to us about the effects of sin, promising what he can never deliver.
The serpent said to the woman, ""You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."" (vs. 4-5)
We are tempted, often on multiple levels.
When the woman saw the tree was good for food (physical temptation), and it was a delight to the eyes (emotional temptation), and that the tree was desirable to make one wise (mental temptation) ... (vs. 6)
We act on the temptation, making a disastrous choice.
She took of its fruit and ate ... (vs. 6)
We may invite others to join us, seeking to make us feel better about our sin.
And she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (vs. 6)
We feel the immediate and deadly effects of our choice to sin.
If you are unthinking about the nature of temptation you will be doomed to fail. And to fail here is destructive for sin always brings spiritual and emotional death.
Arm yourself! Be ready to deal with the serpent’s attack. He is still slithering and he will be speaking to you, tempting you to doubt God’s word, before the day is out.
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January 22, 2020
The omnipresence of God is a reality (that God is everywhere all the time). “Where can I go from Thy Spirit?” David said (Psalm 139). And, since the coming of Christ and Pentecost, which was the sending of His indwelling Spirit to all who believe, the true follower of Christ is assured that Christ will never leave them nor forsake them personally. Once the Spirit comes to reside in the believing heart, He is there permanently.
But, it is possible to have our head turned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We can quench and grieve the Spirit who lives within us. We can ignore Him or resist His leadership. If we do so, we will lose the conscious awareness of His presence. We will begin to operate on our own, not walking by the Spirit, and the results are always disastrous. We get what our humanity brings. Like an unseen guest standing in the shadows, He is still present, but not prominent.
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