THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
Key Bible Verse: But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15. ESV)
Dig Deeper: James 1:12-18
What we choose even in the small tests radically shapes what you and I will become and how we behave when the bigger trials come our way. It does not create your convictions but it does reveal them, and it will display for all to see what matters most.
David won his battle with Goliath and was eventually made King. But would he win the battle within himself?
What began for Israel’s King as a lustful moment turned into an enormous sex and murder scandal involving the woman Bathsheba and her husband Uriah.
Yet in the whole story of David we learn that long before his Big Sin, there was another sin growing deep within his heart, beneath the surface and off the radar. It’s not immediately apparent in the earlier chapters of his life but the seeds of pride were taking root. These seeds of pride began to grown up as patterns in his life; not listening to the voice of God, loving his position as king more than the purpose of a king, manipulating people, he grew numb to conviction.
Every choice matters.
Moments of temptation force us to make them.
We must move beyond viewing temptation as a series of isolated events to a person-shaping process.
– Tim Chaddick in The Truth About Lies
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