New Source of Old Temptations

  How many times have you either looked for or checked your cell phone today? I hate it, but yet the temptation is there. The latest statistic says most people check their cell phones every 12 minutes. This boils down to being on your phone almost 24 hours a week. Ugh. Can you imagine what this world would look like if those people opened the Bible every 12 minutes, looking for guidance? The problem is not the cell phone itself, but temptation. And, this is not anything new. Temptation started with an apple in the garden and now it’s an …

Evil Wasn’t God’s Perfect Will

    God created the beautiful Garden of Eden: a perfect place for perfect people. In addition to its beauty, God made trees to produce any food man would need to eat. But in the midst of the garden was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and of its fruit they were not to eat. All God asked man to do was care for the garden and not eat fruit of that one tree. God even came in cool of the day and walked with Adam, and knowing man’s aloneness, God took a rib from Adam’s side and made him a companion whom Adam named Eve. The man and …

The Temptation of Jesus

  The Temptation of Jesus       When reading about the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4: 1-11, we first see that He was obedient to the Father and was baptized not because He needed to be forgiven of sin but to fulfill the scriptures.  Then we see God validated Him by declaring He was God’s Son and God was pleased with Him. Then immediately we see that the Spirit LED Him into the wilderness to be tempted for 40 days. Jesus was in the perfect Will of God and still sent to be tested. He did not eat …

When I Mess Up

  Temptations sometimes over take me. I’m fragile, weak, human. I struggle with the same insecurities, the same temptations, the same sins over and over. It is irrational to think that in the midst of the grace God has bestowed on me I continue to sin. The Apostle Paul wrote “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” (Romans 7: 15) Sin is a constant struggle. Its ugliness alienates us from God and from others. And yet we continue to slip. We are …

Look for the Escape

There have been many times in life where temptations have seemed impossible to overcome. As I watch my children playing it is evident that they face the same struggles. Today, it is the challenge to stay focused and clean rather than sit and play. I know that their tomorrows will bring temptations, temptations that will carry greater consequences then a simple scolding from their mother. If it were not for God’s promises, promises He has proven true in my life many times, I would be fearful for my children. 1 Corinthians [10:13] speaks of God’s faithfulness. Though we face temptations …