MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
Temptation can lead to destruction [or] catapult us into deeper growth, if we learn to trust God in the midst of it. – Tim Chaddick (lead pastor of Reality Church in London, England)
Key Bible Verse: What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? (James 4:1)
Dig Deeper: James 4:1-10
Temptation has a revealing effect, uncovering the heart’s desires, proving both the depth and direction of your conviction. It shows what you’re really committed to, what you really care about, what has captured your deepest affections. The type of person we become – courageous, fearful, paranoid, brave, stingy, generous – is shaped by what we love the most. The trouble is, according to the Bible, our loves are all out of order. The greatest temptations lure us by replacing truth with lies, authenticity with appearance, and love of God with love of self.
We must look within and ask, what is it that we love most?
Our choices have consequences not only affecting our own souls but the souls of those around us for good or bad. But this reality should neither lead us to denial nor leave us in despair. Temptation is a battle but it’s not just about winning or losing, it’s about discovering who you really are. And what you love most. The gospel so transforms us that even moments of temptation become the training ground for a life of abundance as our hearts are radically reshaped and reordered by the love of Jesus for us.
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