Sunday, 20 January 2019
Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[a] of it you shall surely die.’…Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
Temptation challenges God’s Word!
Temptation can come from Satan, or from the secular world around you, or from your own inner sinful nature. But no matter where temptation comes from, it always has one thing in common. It challenges God’s Word.
Temptation attempts to take our focus off God and get it onto something else. For Eve, that something else was the delicious-looking fruit. For you it will be something else. And it’ll be something different today than it was yesterday.
If you allow yourself to become fixated with that thing, your attention will be taken away from God and his Word. You’ll find yourself walking down a path that leads away from God.
Today, when you notice something stealing the focus in your life away from God, whether it’s a form of entertainment, an ungodly action or something else, God wants you to walk away from it and focus on him.