The Attraction of Wrongdoing

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Satan wants to undermine our faith ( Hebrews 11: 1 ) by using various deceptive schemes to entice us to sin, sowing within us the seeds of doubt, unbelief and rebellion ( 2 Corinthians 10: 4 – 5 ). Two of very powerful temptation, were those of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden ( Genesis 3: 12 ) in which he achieved his purpose – And of Jesus in the wilderness, in which he failed. These two instances show that Satan’s favorite device is to TAMPER WITH THE WORD OF GOD. For our consumption: The Word of God is God ( John 1: 1 )

Therefore, when James said: “ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God. ” James 1: 13Far be it from the true Christian either to give way to sin that grace may abound ” ( Romans 6: 1 ), or to suppose for one moment that God, and therefore power invisible is drawing him from righteousness. Almost every reflection upon the nature of sin leads up to an inquiry, as to its cause, and the enigma will hardly be solved in this life. The very facts of the presence of evil among God’s creatures, and its continual attraction even for the best, have often drive men to doubt His Supremacy.

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However, the origin of evil and temptation is in our hearts. God has no pleasure, in the death of men, as he has no hand in their sin; but both sin and misery are owing themselves. As the sin is the same in nature and influences, though the earth and clouds, often coming between, make it seems to us to vary, so God is unchangeable, and our changes and shadows are not from any changes ( Hebrews 13: 8 ),  or alterations of Him. What the sun is in nature; God is in grace, providence, and glory, and infinitely more.

The Bible encourages Christians to stand firm in the faith ( Mark 13:13 ) and to watch out for temptation. God promises to help us resist temptation, and he assures us that he will not allow temptation beyond what we can endure  ( Matthew 6: 13 ). As our compassionate and sympathetic High priest, Jesus, who has experienced human temptation, is ready to bring our prayers for strength in times of temptation before the Father.

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