SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016
Key Bible Verse: The temptations in your life are not different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Dig Deeper: 1 Peter 5:8-11
Each temptation contains a lie, which, if believed, weakens our spiritual health and leads us down a destructive path, away from what God intends. Yet each temptation can also be an opportunity to step further into Christ’s life-giving victory, launching us deeper into our true identity as the beloved of God.
Yes, we have within us competing commitments and conflicting desires. We want to sacrificially love other people and yet we are drawn towards self-centeredness. We want to follow Christ in daily life and yet we feel the pull to follow our fallen passions. But the truth of God’s grace in Jesus makes it possible to change, to be transformed to become Christlike.
Temptation is an enemy. Surprisingly, it can become our growth opportunity.
Each time we choose truth in the face of a lie, we are, in a sense, flexing muscles in our spiritual life that grow stronger with each challenge. The result is that we become more mature, our character grown, and by God’s grace, we reflect the beauty of Jesus to those around us. Every moment of temptation can be an exercise in what matters most.
– Tim Chaddick in The Truth About Lies
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