Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Whatchoo lookin at?
A psalm of David. i wonder if it came before or after Bathsheba? It is certainly easier to set before our eyes wicked things these days. Temptation is everywhere. But here it is pretty important i think, to remember James, "No one who is being tempted should say, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is dragged away and enticed by his own desires. Then desire, after it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is brought to completion, gives birth to death."
It's not God who brings temptation. The tree in the garden wasn't temptation, it was testing. It was a place to go and see if you truly loved God and trusted Him. It was so that we may know what is in our hearts. God already knows. God knew what Eve would do before He slid Adam's rib out, before He even scooped up some dust to mold Adam. The tree was not temptation. Eve's heart's desire to be her own god, to have control, her fear of insecurity is what tempted her. Heck, even Satan just gave the last nudge.
Self control. It is the product of the fruit of the Spirit. Which explains why it is in such short supply these days. Pray for the Spirit. Do business with the Spirit. Listen to Him. Repent of the sins which deafen us, which spring from our desires, to have control, to be our own gods. Take courage, fear not, hasn't God already said He is with you and will go before you?