The Temptation of Self-Centeredness

It is important to accept responsibility for your life. However, once you do that, you will be tempted to backtrack, to lay the blame for your ups and downs, your troubles and defeats at someone else’s door. But don’t become discouraged here – or misled. Temptation is something you hold in common with all people. And it too is something you must meet with whatever resources you have and be responsible for your response to it.In advance of a temptation you must make up your mind not to yield to…

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The Many Shades of Temptation

Recently, I read about the many shades of temptation in my devotional time.I read in One Year Alone With God by Ava Pennington that,…despite impeccable leadership, non-Christians would still not recognize true purity because their minds are defiled. They preferred stereotypes, because the alternative leads to truth, which leads to Christ. They would rather deny Him than bow to Him.”The gray area Have you ever heard of the gray area? I have. It’s when a situation or a person is no longer considered black and white. Sin will easily tell you…

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God is Present to help in Times of Temptation

The Bible has many verses about the nature of temptation and how it can be overcome. Many of these verses are good to be familiar with and even memorize, so they are easily remembered and then used  as a guide during these difficult times.1 Corinthians 10:13 is one of these verses. This scripture not only explains how common temptation is for everyone, but it also has a promise that God will make a way to escape the temptation. This verse explains that God is ultimately in control of the temptations…

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Truths That Help When Facing Temptation

Life offers many good things. However, in the midst of this wonderful life we are confronted with the problem of temptation. From the beginning, God allowed the devil to put temptations in the paths of men. I am sure this is for our good or God would not have allowed it. Actually trials and temptations bring out the best in us when we react to such as we ought (Jas. 1:2-4).

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The Last Temptation Reconsidered

When presidential candidate Bob Dole castigated the entertainment industry for excessive and graphic use of violence, it was only the latest salvo in a culture war that has been raging for some time. Arguments over government funding of offensive art, renewed efforts to restrict pornography, initiatives to curb violence on television, and attention to smut in cyberspace all indicate a backlash against the ongoing “liberalization” of our allegedly puritanical society, manifest from the founding of Playboy to the controversy over Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita .

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Overcoming Sin & Temptation

J. I. Packer’s endorsement of John Owen’s treatment of sin in an introduction to the 1983, Multnomah Press edition of Owen’s writings on sin, Sin and Temptation, contained the following effusive words: He told me how to understand myself as a Christian and live before God in a morally and spiritually honest way, without pretending either to be what I am not or not to be what I am. It is not too much at all to say that God used him to save my sanity. Likewise, Sinclair Ferguson, in…

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Why is the Old Testament shut out of church?

I don’t want to begin this lecture by spiritualizing a text but…the Old Testament is good bit like Jephthah the Gileadite in Judges 11:1-3.  His brothers so much as booted him out of their father’s household because of his illegitimate birth.  That’s the way it is with the Old Testament in much of the contemporary church.  The church seems to feel that it’s okay if the Old Testaments stays in the land of Tob with Jephthah, but let’s not even give it the status of step-testament in the household of…

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The Temptation of Jesus Is Not about Your Battle with Sin

I was sitting on a ledge two hundred feet above the Judean wilderness. A lifeless and virtually unending sea of sand dunes was below me. It’s one of those visuals you never quite get your head around. A network of sandy spines reaches out to the horizon and then disappears. This is where things in this region go to die. Ironically, it’s a beautiful place. The scale alone is spectacular. And when the deep colors of the afternoon sky in Israel collide with trillions upon trillions of granules of sand…

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Temptation Is Not the Same as Sin

It’s one of those things we know to be true on an intellectual level, but we forget it easily in personal experience.Temptation is not the same as sin.This truth is obvious from the Scriptures. In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to pray “forgive us our debts” and “lead us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:12-13). Debts and trespasses require forgiveness; temptation needs deliverance. They are not the same. Just because you are struggling with temptation does not mean you are mired in sin. The spiritual progression in the human heart…

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