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Temptation and Sin
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If sin were not fun, there would be nothing tempting about it. We are tempted by sin because it is something that entices us. It is something that we have an appetite for. It is something fun…or at least it looks and feels like fun. Satan is a master at taking something good and making a cheap imitation of it. We were created to enjoy what is “good” but Satan takes the good and makes it “bad.” 

For example: Paul talks about getting “high” in Ephesians.  He says: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). 

Evidently being filled with the Holy Spirit creates a “high” like an alcohol high.  Both make one feel strong, invincible, bold, etc. They call it “spirits.” But…alcohol leads to all kinds of problems where being filled with the Holy Spirit doesn’t.  Which is better?

How about sex? God created it. Satan has taken what is good and meant for a marriage relationship and enticed people to participate in it before marriage and in adulterous affairs after marriage. No matter how much fun it may seem at the time, in the wrong setting it creates all kinds of pain (emotional, physical illnesses and spiritual emptiness). The relationship in the right context is incredibly special. We can read Solomon’s Song of Songs to get a taste of what God had in mind for marriage. Satan does all he can before marriage to get people to engage in sex and then after marriage to stop having sex in their relationship.

God has created good things that Satan has misused. He takes the good part, entices people and traps them in the dysfunctional part of all that is good.

Action Plan

Next time we are tempted, we need to take a close look at what is tempting us. We need to pull back the layers and see where this temptation is leading us. We need to clearly see who is tempting us and what his purpose is in the temptation. It may look like fun on the surface, but where is it leading? Peter tells us: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith...” 1 Peter 5:8,9 (NIV).

Paul says temptation can be handled. He warns: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Then he encourages: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. 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 stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The burden is back on God. When we are tempted He knows about it. He knows what to do about it. He is anxious and willing to do something about it. All we have to do is ask.

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