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Tempted With The Familiar


Temptation can be a temporary hunger or secret desire; we want something, and it comes in the form of temptation. Do not miss out on what God has for you to fulfill a momentary need. In Genesis 25: 30-33, we see the story of two brothers, one that was noticeably clear on what he wanted, and the other was not. The word of God says, "He said to Jacob, quick, let me have some of that red stew. I am famished. (that is why he was called Edom) Jacob replied, first sell me, your birthright. Look, I am about to die. Esau said, what good is the birthright to me? But Jacob said, swear to me first, so he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob." In Mathew 4: 1-4, "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said if you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. Jesus answered, "it is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Both temptations started with a pang of hunger or secret desire. My question today is, what are our hidden desires, what are we hungry for? Over the years, I have battled like many others with some reoccurring temptations. I have managed to overcome a few, and others are a daily struggle. One of the characteristics of temptation that I have found is that we are tempted with the familiar. The sting of repeating or overcoming a pass temptation is that many of these situations have a certain amount of shame and regret, oh but when the Love of Christ comes in. In Psalms 103:12, we are comforted as believers with these words "As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us." This Psalms is the great temptation killer, it reminds me that I no longer have to choose to give in to my cravings, there is another way, and it is in Christ Jesus. I stop by to remind you that God has already provided a way out, and even if you are struggling like I have for years with something that plagued me when I was too young to understand. I can now say that I am free of one more daily struggle because I dared to trust and obey God's word. John 14:15 states, "If you love me, keep my commands."


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