8th March 2018

GROWT_ 

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

Today we look at the fifth letter in our study on the word GROWTH, which is T, standing for Temptation. Part of Christian growth is becoming more resistant to temptation, though we will never fully succeed in resisting it. Remember the Bible talks of the passing pleasures of sin in Hebrews 11:24-26.

Our minds are like gardens, and need to be carefully tended and looked after. Just as weeds grow in a garden with no effort, so can wrong thoughts and values take root in our minds. We are told to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). That’s a big challenge!

Now, you may be thinking, well I’m not giving in to the temptation to rob a bank, to murder someone or fall into sexual temptation, and if your conscience is clear in those areas, that’s good. But temptation is very subtle sometimes. Do you ever find yourself thinking wrong thoughts about a person or a situation? How many times have you watched a programme on TV, enjoyed it but then just sat there watching whatever is on next? There is nothing wrong with watching TV, but it promotes so many wrong attitudes and values in some programmes. Are we alert for that? How many times in the last couple of months have we pressed the off button?

How do we deal with the temptation to waste time by putting off things we know we should do? How often do we say ‘if only I had not done this or that’?

Temptation is a huge subject and will affect us in different ways and give us different challenges. So in whatever form our temptations come, it’s good to remember the heading scripture above. It tells us God is in control and will always be with us in fighting our individual battles whatever they may be.

Lets not spend our lives on a guilt trip about our sins, but remembering that Jesus Christ has dealt with them. Let’s be aware of our need to be alert to the ways in which we can be tempted and resist them in God’s strength, not our own.

Prayer
Gracious, loving Father, help us to stay close to you, so we can recognise and resist temptations in whatever form they come. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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Grace Communion – Leeds
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