Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Luke 17:1 And Jesus said to His disciples, "Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come!
What? It isn't just an easy life, cruising through this world, immune to anything and everything until we get to heaven? I don't know that I signed up to temptations as part of the package!
We need to get real and recognise the facts of this life. Temptations will come, as sure as eggs are eggs. The enemy wants to drag us down into the dirt and destroy us, to discredit us, to make lose our faith and to make us useless in the kingdom of God. He does this by tempting us, by trying to make us get involved (again) with sin. Jesus set us free from sin, but the enemy wants to coil us back up in its ropes and chain us six feet under where we won't be any of use to anyone and less threat to him.
Notice Jesus's words: "temptations to sin". There is no temptation that doesn't lead to sin and we need to recognise that. Just as we laugh and make light of the temptation to eat something that we know is bad for us - perhaps chocolate that makes us put on weight or coffee that triggers a migraine - and then either resist the temptation or suffer the consequences, we need to be constantly aware that sin has consequences too. Sin blocks up and chokes off our relationship with G-d; sin's physical consequcnes can kill or disfigure our body. It must be resisted. As James writes for us:
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
We can resist and we can be free of sin, no matter how often temptation comes around. Stand firm today and make sure you say 'no' to that temptation that is sure to come.