Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Edifier du jour-1 Corinthians 10:8-14
8 Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. 9 Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Temptation isn't sin. Dwelling upon it is, but the mere fact of being tempted isn't. Even sinless Jesus was tempted in the desert and seemed to be tempted at Gethsemame to avoid the cross. However, one can always find the back door and avoid whatever temptation is in your path. We were going over Genesis 3 in my Bible class yesterday, and it was pointed out that we're naturally curious and want to test boundaries and go beyond them to see what happens. Eve was tempted to cross a boundary and try the fruit of knowledge and gave in to that temptation. The Holy Spirit informing our conscience works as a short fence around the area of sin. When we see that fence, we're supposed to go the other way. We can step across if we want, but at our own peril. Even standing there and contemplating crossing over is sinful, as God will tap you on the shoulder
"You're not supposed to be going over there, right?" "Yes, Lord." "You've got one foot on this side of the fence I've put up." "Oops. Yes, I did" "If I told you not to do it, why even seriously think about doing it?"
Don't even think about it. You might talk yourself into doing it. Put down the skunky thought and quickly back away.

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