Friday, January 21, 2011

Hooked By Temptation

Jasper Speaks:

We started a new series this week at Reality Check called Hooked. We are dealing with temptation and its effects. I get tempted. A lot. I fail sometimes. I hate that it happens but it does. There is so much of a battle we go through. There is really a war between the carnal man and the spirit man. I find myself, like Paul. thinking, "the good that I want to do I do not do and the evil I do not want to do I do". Satan is crafty. He knows our weaknesses and capitalizes on them. But there is a part that is up to me. I can be tempted and not let the temptation win. Still, I don't always do that. I give in. I fall. I screw up.

I am glad that I am not alone. I love how Paul puts the sacrifice of Christ for our sins and the encouragement to keep going in spite of temptation:

"It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different." Romans 7:23-25 (MSG)

Relying on Jesus. That's what it takes. As I am challenged by this series, I pray I will learn to do that more.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011