Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Temptation and Correction
Heb 12: 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
:4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
:5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
:6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives."
:7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
:8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
:9 Furthermore, we have human fathers who correct us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
:10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
God is passionately interested in our positive growth as His children. At times He needs to confront us with unpleasant circumstances to get our attention and reorient our lives to more consistently produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Don't resist God's corrective hand. Respond to His reproofs with thankfulness that He loves you enough to care about what kind of a person you are becoming.
Mt 6:13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
God's word makes it clear that the Christian life, from start to finish, is warfare.
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
The closer you draw to God the more your temptations will increase, The devil doesn't want you close to God.
As your faith grows God will allow more temptation cause He has built you up enough to withstand it. But He has also given you free will. So it is your choice whether you give in to it. You must deal with the temptation and wrestle your way to victory. Experiencing temptations is proof you are abiding in Christ. The devil doesn't have to tempt the unsaved. They are already his.