Temptation

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” This was the one moment in history that forever changed everything. Adam and Eve had it all, provided to them by a God whose greatest desire was their fellowship and their obedience. And here, they were confronted with three things: The lust of the flesh (it was good for food), the lust of the eyes (it was pleasant to the eyes) and the pride of life (desirable to make one wise or be like God). These are the same three temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness (command the stones to become bread – the lust of the flesh, all these kingdoms will become yours – the lust of the eyes, and last, prove you are the Son of God and throw yourself down – the pride of life). The lust of the flesh refers to things that satisfy our carnal nature. The lust of the eyes is concerned with coveting. The pride of life is concerned with position. Any sin you can think of probably falls into at least one of these three categories. Adam failed the temptation at a tremendous cost to not only himself but to all future mankind. But, Jesus prevailed! Temptation is a tool the enemy uses against us daily. But you can prevail because God’s word says you can! When you are tempted, He will show you a way out. Allow God’s power to work in your time of weakness!

” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

Sanctity of Life

This Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS). It seems odd that we would have to set aside a day to remind ourselves that life is precious. But these are indeed changing times. All life, whether inside the womb or out, is precious life created by God, our maker. On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion was a legal, fundamental right. So for any reason at all, the life of the unborn can be terminated. National Right To Life estimates that, since this Supreme Court decision 44 years ago, more than 58,500,000 unborn children have lost their lives. And this estimate is based on data reported through 2015, so the number is likely approaching 60,000,000. President Ronald Reagan, a strong pro-life advocate, said that in Roe v. Wage, the Supreme Court “struck down our laws protecting the lives of unborn children”. In 1983, President Reagan established SOHLS by proclamation. The day is held annually on the Sunday that falls closest to January 22. Since 1983, the SOHLS proclamation has been issued by Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama declined to issue this proclamation. As a Christian, the Bible should always be the basis for our beliefs on any issue. So as we turn to the Word, we find – “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deut. 30:19. It is clear that the choices we make in our lives should always be on the side of life! Almost 60,000,000 babies were not only stripped of their lives, but of any opportunities to make a choice. Let’s pray that our new president chooses to honor life!

“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NLT).

Don’t Judge Me!

judgement

Do you ever hear a great message at church or from an evangelist on TV and immediately one or two people come to mind and you think to yourself “I wish so-and-so was listening to this!”  Why is it that we have no trouble finding fault in others, but it is difficult to see fault in ourselves?  Or maybe it would be better said we refuse to see it.  The story of David comes to mind when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan about his adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband so he could have her for his own.  (II Samuel 12:1-24).  Adultery and murder!  As far as sins go, these are what most folks consider to be two biggies!  David’s first response to Nathan’s story about the rich man, who owned many sheep, killing the poor man’s only lamb  was indignation – “How could someone do something like that!”  But  when he realized Nathan was talking about him, his attitude changed. Many folks might stomp off shouting “Don’t judge me!” But the reason David had a heart after God was his willingness to judge himself.  He confessed his sin before Nathan and before God.  The next time you hear that juicy sermon, don’t allow your mind to wander.  If it’s for you, confront it and if not, resist the urge to determine who the offender probably is.  The only one we are to judge is ourselves!  And thank God that He has to deal with everyone else!

31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 1 Corinthians 11:31 (NKJV)

3 And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Matthew 7:3-5 (NLT)