Trials And Temptations

May 12, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

~James 1:12, NLT

QUOTE

‘We do not enjoy being put to the test by trials or temptation but both are great instructors.”

~Ya’akov

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The Greek word peirasmos can refer to both a trial or temptation. The NASB reads, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial,” whereas the AV reads “Blessed is the man that endures temptation.” Who is right and who is wrong? Both are right but we must understand that God may test us but He will not tempt us to sin. God puts us to the test to make us better: Satan tempts us to make us worse. Believers do not live a sheltered life: we must be ready to face both trials and temptations.

eve-gardenGod created us with desires for certain things like food, water, clothing [shelter] and sex. If we never felt hunger, we would starve. If we never felt thirst, we would dehydrate. If we never felt cold, we would freeze in winter. If we never felt the urge to have sex, the human race would cease to exist. Our desires are normal not sinful: they become sinful when we allow them to control us. EXAMPLE: We are to “eat to live,” not “live to eat.” If we eat every time we feel like eating, we will most like become over weight which is not healthy. Sex is like fire or steam: it is good as long as it is controlled but if it gets out of control it becomes highly destructive. By control I mean in the context of marriage, commitment and love.

Eve’s desire was for food, pleasure {delight} and knowledge…When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. God knew things that Eve did not know and it was driving her crazy. Have you ever attempted to keep a secret from your wife?

There is nothing inherently sinful about food, pleasure or knowledge but Eve was not willing to wait on God’s timing. What she wanted was good but she went about getting it the wrong way. We always get in trouble when we try to fulfill our desires a part from Christ. We can never satisfy our desires by partaking of things that God has forbidden.

Warren Wiersbe says there are four stages to sin: Desire, Deception, Disobedience and Death. Sometimes it takes years and years for sin to mature but when it does, it brings forth death. I imagine this truth became crystal clear when Adam and Eve stood by the grave of Abel.

TODAY WE PRAY FOR MINISTERS AND MISSIONARIES

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  • SENIOR DAY this Sunday in the a.m. service: Seniors, it will be costly for you to miss. Make every effort to be present.
  • BACCALAUREATE Sunday Night at 6:00. We have a great line up and we are doing something we have never done before: imagine that!
  • WEE CARE Graduation Sunday evening at 2:00.
  • I did not go yesterday but June and I saw Don Sunday and he was doing good.
  • We will have a Deacon’s meeting this week at 8:15.
  • May 29 Senior Adult Cook Out.
  • June 6…Rally for Biblical Marriage in Montgomery. I think the time is 3:00 PM
  • June 14…Vote on Minister of Music [AM in the foyer, secret ballot]
VBX June 8-12

VBX June 8-12

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