A Little Tempted

1 Samuel 25:36–42, Luke 22:39–46, James 1:13–15

Temptation is a tricky thing. It can seem easy to succumb to, and it is. It can also be easy to beat yourself up should you fall to . In many s, after the failure, it is the mind game you play with yourself afterward that sets you up for or failure.

The first by many is…it’s ’s fault. That could be a twisted understanding of made me this way (so, whenever I , It’s ’s fault). There is also a thought that is the one tempting me (and he knows that I’ll fail, so it’s ’s fault).

As David notes, does provide a way (or more than one!) to avoid . Sometimes we are blind to it. Sometimes we deliberately ignore it. We have free will. We do have a choice.

Temptation will come. was tempted in all ways like us (not necessarily the same expression). You are not better than . It is what you do before and after , and after failing that sets you up for maturing further in the Christian .

1) Do you have anyone that holds you accountable? Are you holding anyone accountable?

2) After a failure, how do you (or do you) confess? Do you include others in your confession?

3) Before and after , how do you bolster your to resist?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.