Spring Break means rest for some but for others it is a season of temptation. Temptation is a huge deal in our society today and is so often easily justified.
In fact, most people truly look for ways to justify, excuse or push aside the fact they’ve been tempted. Today, you will no longer be one of those people. And it isn’t something to be ashamed of, either!
Being tempted is not a sin. The Bible tells us Jesus himself was tempted in every way. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
Harness the power of faith for your success
Take the full force of faith, along with all those lessons everyone else learned “the hard way,” and what you can achieve will only be limited by your imagination! Why settle for the hand you’ve been dealt in life when you can stack the deck in your favor.
The enemy is not creative. He is sneaky, conniving, wicked, yet so skillfully and beautifully makes suggestions to our minds that are enticing… and may even sound like a good idea. Often the enemy will leave breadcrumbs for you and falling for that is OKAY.
For some, the obvious, outward sin is a problem. But sometimes, it’s not the obvious, outward sin that you have a problem with. It could be those battles you persuaded yourself into believing were justifiable or okay.
So what’s the difference, you might wondering? Things like stealing, adultery, lying, murder are obvious sins – correct? But other sins such as unforgiveness, obsessive thinking, covetousness and greed, to some extent (anxiety over money), are less obvious sins.
“Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death” (James 1:15). It’s all sin and the payment for sin is the same – whether it is obvious sin or the sneaky kind.
You see, the enemy only knows your past and he will try to lead you down that sneaky path, covered with the breadcrumbs of temptation. But if you have received His forgiveness, God does not see your past! “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
If you find yourself wandering down a path of temptation, calling up old things, it isn’t from Him. Be wary of the sneakiness and treachery the enemy will try to lay out for you! Focus on your spiritual success this season, not the excuses and justifications.
I hope today’s message cleared up a few things for you. Leave me your comments below and be sure Like and Share today’s message.
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In great faith,
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