Temptations

But it goes against the way
I am to put my human nature down
and let the Spirit take control of all I do.

‘Cause when those trials come,
my human nature shouts the thing to do;
and God’s soft prompting
can be easily ignored.

Does Jesus care when I’ve tried and failed
To resist some temptation strong;
When for my deep grief there is no relief,
Though my tears flow all the night long?

John Piper – The unregenerated are weary in their sins. The regenerated are weary of their sins.

Heb 10:18 – Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Heb 10:26 – For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

MHCC – Heb 10:18
v11-18 Under the new covenant, or gospel dispensation, full and final pardon is to be had. This makes a vast difference between the new covenant and the old one. Under the old, sacrifices must be often repeated, and after all, only pardon as to this world was to be obtained by them. Under the new, one Sacrifice is enough to procure for all nations and ages, spiritual pardon, or being freed from punishment in the world to come. Well might this be called a new covenant. Let none suppose that human inventions can avail those who put them in the place of the sacrifice of the Son of God. What then remains, but that we seek an interest in this Sacrifice by faith; and the seal of it to our souls, by the sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience? So that by the law being written in our hearts, we may know that we are justified, and that God will no more remember our sins.

FBN – Heb 10:26
Sin willfully; by renouncing Christ after having embraced him, and rejecting his gospel after having known and acknowledged it to be his. Chap Heb 6:4-8. No other atonement will ever be made, and if we reject this after having known its efficacy, and willfully turn away, refusing to trust in it for salvation, we shall perish

PNTC – Heb 10:26
For if we sin wilfully. Deliberately trample under foot Christ’s will; apostasize from the faith in life. Remaineth no more sacrifice. We have, in that case, rejected Christ, the only sacrifice for sin.

Ok, so Heb 10:26 is talking about apostasy which means to give up Jesus entirely. If we give up Jesus, who else is going to pay for our crimes ala sin? No one, thus we gave up our only acceptable sacrifice.

Ro 6:1 – What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

Do you struggle with sin? I know I do. If I can put an anology? My son and myself and food. I love eating, it’s a natural trait in me. Not to the point of gluttony, but I can eat anytime. No so for my son. He eats very little for breakfast, he takes his time to eat for lunch, and he takes his time to eat for dinner. No supper, no snacks, no ice-cream, no nothing. You can offer it to him, and he’d say, no thanks. However, if you need a partner for snack, call me.
So it’s only natural that I am of a probable bigger size. I’ve once dropped to a mere 76kg from 93kg and I felt good, but it was difficulty. It was regimental lifestyle. Minimal food intake and maximum energy usage by going for long distance runs, work out, etc. Active… very active. However, I’ve gain back some weight back to 83kg, which is a whopping 7kg! I’m still struggling to lose it, but I like my current relaxed diet lifestyle.

As I ponder this, isn’s this the same as struggling with sins? Each of us are made up differently. Some struggle more than others. Does that mean that God will forsake us? Whenever I struggle with sins, God comes as an after thought. Yet how does the bible teach us? Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Before the attempt and struggle, we need to submit to God, and then resist the devil. The two prong question then is
1. did you submit to God?
2. did you resist the devil?

Moreoften than not, we’ll probably think to ourselves, I can’t resist any longer. Did you flee from the scene as Joseph did from Potipher’s wife? Or are we lingering and longing as did Lot’s wife during the destruction of Sodom and Gormorrah? We often speaks of God’s grace, but not his wrath.

It was not easy for me to stop several bad lifestyle habits such as gaming, smoking, drinking, cursing, swearing, anger, impatience, and the list goes on. We are not perfect. However, we in Christ is perfect, and we should be living for him. But what happens when we fail and fall to sin? Get up and conform again to Christ! There is a saying, “worldy repentance leads to destruction, while Godly repentance leads to life”.

What are we warned about temptations?
1. Mt 26:41 – Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
2. Lu 4:13 – And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
3. Heb 3:8 – Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
4. Jas 1:12 – Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
5. 1Co 10:9 – Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
PMTC – Neither let us tempt Christ, as, etc. The event referred to is narrated in Nu 21:4-6, which see. The application is, that we should not be discontented over hardships or long for the sinful pleasures of a former life from which we have parted.
6. Jas 1:14 – But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

What are the promises that God has given to us with regards to sin?
1. 1Co 10:13 – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.a

2. 1Jo 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Some of the common methods used to overcome habits common to most people.
1. Take notes of situation
– When? Is it of a perculiar time? Change the activity or the time.
– Where? Is it of perculiar location, as above, change it.
– How? How did it happened? 5 senses.
– Why? Why did you fail? Did we entertain the thoughts and temptations?
– What? What cause the trigger? 5 senses

2. Set a time to start the change and track from thence. The occurence should happen fewer and fewer as the interval stretches longer and longer.

3. For us Christians, we have an additional ammo.. Prayer! God! Holy Spirit!

Of course, it’s always easier said than done. Got to put it into action again. 🙂

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~ by ymsim on 2011/02/02.

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