As a follow up to my sermon last Sunday on Temptation and the testing of Jesus with temptation in our sermon series "Marked" I wanted to offer a link to a book that will rock you in the arena of lust, pronograpghy, and God's prospective of it. This book, will be out in it's entirity by the first of November is available as an ebook right for free at http://www.theresurgence.com. Take a look at it and be encouraged.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
IT calls to you everyday. What is 'IT'? Temptation. For everyone must deal with temptations, just like we have to deal with breathing. Why? Because they are not just of matter, but of mind and heart. Temptations are battlefields of decisions. They can seem very insignificant at first, but if left unchecked, then the results will be fields of blood. I suppose that is what is needed in most temptations, is a death. A death to the flesh and a life to the spirit. It certainly is not easy. For the cravings of the flesh can result in immediate results of feeling good. However, if giving into the temptation within the first few minutes is what my life is, than I will certainly not know the hour of bliss by resisting. The gospel certainly provides right answers of why to resist and how to go about doing it. I still can find myself tempted in not heeding the direction of the gospel, and in short I think this is the spiritual battle that rages on. It is for the identity and allegiance of my soul. It is for the transformation and application of my life. Yet, temptation is my daily grind. Thankfully, I do have a Savior who has made the way for me to overcome it. For that I can resist and be known as a lover of God.