Word for the Day
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. (James 1:13-14)
Pastor Spencer - Does God test us? Yes, He does. Does God put trials and tribulations in our lives? Yes, He does. But God in no way ever actually "tempts" us. What's the difference? It is huge! Think about it. Testing and such has as its goal to strengthen and build saving faith; to increase trust and reliance on God in all things. Temptation has as its goal to cause us to sin. Does God want us to sin? Absolutely not! The Bible tells us that Jesus was truly tempted. This had to be if He were to be truly perfect and able to offer a perfect life for the sins of the whole world. In other words, as hard as it is to imagine, Jesus had have the potential to actually sin. From where did these temptations come? Again, we know all too well - not from His Father, but from the devil! So, trials and tribulations, since they come from God, are good. And temptations, coming from Satan, are evil. They need to be resisted. One of the best ways to do this is to understand their true and wicked source! Of course, the devil uses our own pride and desires to formulate many of his temptations. We give him the raw material, and he makes the most of it! So, the next time temptations rear their ugly heads in our lives - like, many times each day! - let's follow Jesus own method to counter them and say, "Get away from me, Satan!" Try it. It will work! Thank You, Jesus!