No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
Temptation comes at us all the me, especially when your own spirituality and Christianity is at a point where you are “comfortable with God.” What I mean by that is when we become comfortable with our relaonship with God, we stop growing then find ourselves in a posion of stagnaon. Like a pond that has nothing to move it around it becomes stagnant and all kinds of scum and undesirable stuff begins to grow. Likewise, since we are not growing, the evil one has now been given the opportunity to catch up to us and find those things that he can use to tempt us away. In our human nature we become lazy and all kinds of undesirable stuff grows in our lives.
The power that we have over such temptaon is to connue to move towards God through our relaonship with His Son, Jesus. In Jesus we can find solace, community, and the power to stay away from sin. Jesus is the “way out.” He covered our sin; therefore, He can keep us from sinning again. Jesus srs the waters of our souls and helps to filter out the undesirable stuff so that we might move towards becoming a stream of living water. We may endure many temptaons that are thrown our way, and somemes even falter, but we will be lied up because “love holds no record of wrongs” (1 Cor. 13:5). When our true love, Jesus, is our focus, no temptaon can overtake us, even though it will remain present.
As we enter into a new year, we must not be sasfied with who we are or where we are in our relaonship with Christ, but desire to know more of the love of God found in the grace shown by Christ Jesus. I hope you will join me in this prayer for 2015; that Mountain View, a praying church, would pray to grow deeper in our commitment to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as we do ourselves.
Be in the Presence,