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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

January 3, 2014

Friday

1 Timothy 6:9

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

 

EXAMPLE

What is temptation? Seduction to evil, solicitation to wrong.  It stands distinguished from trial thus: trial tests, seeks to discover the man’s moral qualities or character; but temptation persuades to evil, deludes, that it may ruin. The one means to undeceive, the other to deceive. The one aims at the man’s good, making him conscious of his true moral self; but the other at his evil, leading him more or less unconsciously into sin. God tries; Satan tempts. 

                                                                                                                                          – Fairbain

 

LESSON

I have always enjoyed math – because it just make sense and it always adds up. People who choose to love money and use people will always end up corrupt and ruined – always. People who choose right living and a fighting faith will always have a secure grasp of life – always.

The Losing Equation: ((Love + Money)*Evil) – Faith = Much Sorrow

A simple lifestyle demonstrates contentment with the basics of life. In contrast, greed for more opens the door to temptation. This temptation comes in the form of unwise lustful desires that impede one’s spiritual progress, as a trap holds an animal that gets tangled in it. Eventually the end of the person so snared is spiritual ruin and personal destruction if he or she does not escape its grip and turn from it.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:13

 

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