Temptation come and goes. Satan tempts me to act out, speak out of turn, have a bad day, sleep in through my quiet time, speak negatively, etc. I am the one who makes the concious decision to act upon it. The majority of the time, pride is what gets me trapped in sin.
1 Chronicles 21:1-3 – Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.” 3 But Joab replied, “May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?”
Sin has consequences. ALWAYS. Even though God forgives sins, sometimes the consequences still linger. I hae to continually check my motives before I act (or speak which is my biggest problem). Sometimes something so small can have a domino affect on those around me for a very long time. God always provides a way out. ALWAYS. Again it is my choice to walk through the right door. Sometimes it is hidden in the simple words of someone just passing by. Am I going to listen or stay in the place where destruction is inevitable?
You can read 1 Chronicles 21-24 about David’s temptation at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #1Chronicles
To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from
1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
With the help of Christ, we CAN resist temptation but we still must CHOOSE what is right and pray for God’s help and strength.