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Temptation as seen through God’s eyes

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One of the most commonly quoted but misapplied verses in the entire Bible is found in 1 Corinthians 10:13. This is the verse that speaks to us about enduring temptation.

When this particular verse is referenced it is almost always stated that “God won’t allow us to be tempted with more than we can handle”. While that is true, it is only partly true. Here is the verse I’m referring to:

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
I Corinthians 10:13 NKJV

There are several components to this verse that I would like to bring out in this post. Let’s begin with “no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man”. Often when we are tempted, we tend to gravitate towards the thought that no one has ever had to endure anything like this.

When we are tempted, or tried, it is only natural for us to feel as though it is overwhelming, as though it is so great that we cannot overcome it. Our finite minds struggle to garner a measure of faith and hope that we can endure the temptation and yet come out of it victorious.

The scripture makes it clear however, that when we are tempted it is a “common” temptation, meaning that it is the same temptation that everyone deals with. We are drawn away from Christ by lust, impure thoughts, greed, malice, and a whole host of common temptations.

In short, we aren’t special.   Sorry!

Next, we read that God is faithful. Most of us know that, but when we are being tempted our nature is to question whether or not He will stand with us. Feelings of panic often set in, followed by doubt and confusion about whether or not we will have to deal with this alone. It is at this point that we must fall back on the promise that “He will never leave us nor forsake us”.

This is where God wants us to simply trust him, and to trust the process.

Finally, we come to the part of the verse that I alluded to in the beginning. The part that is most often misused or misapplied: “But with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it”.

When people quote1 Corinthians 10:13 they almost always leave off this part of it, which is rather strange because it’s actually the best part! To say that God won’t allow us to tempted with more than we can handle is great. But that’s only part of the story.

In reality, God doesn’t withhold temptation from us. Did you ever question why that is? Well, there are likely several reasons, not the least of which is that He knows that in order for us to grow in faith; we must be stretched beyond our comfort level.

That’s an uncomfortable thought, isn’t it?

We could look at this another way and ask why doesn’t God just put a shield around us to prevent temptation from coming against us in the first place? Many of us would no doubt choose this option if we could, for who wouldn’t rather not have to deal with such things?

The fact is however, that just as your own children must learn and grow, so must we as children of God. How stunted would our growth be if we never experienced adversity?

I believe there is another motive behind the Lord permitting us to endure temptation, and that is that until we are tried in the fires of temptation, we really do not know what we’re made of (in Christ).

Let’s use the analogy of a heavy weight boxer. If the boxer is only allowed to fight against equal or lesser skilled fighters, do you think he will improve? It’s not very likely. That’s why you will sometimes see a young fighter matched against a more powerful, more experienced one. It’s used to reveal to the young fighter how good he really is, but also to reveal the areas he needs to work on.

Isn’t it so when our faith is tested through various temptations? Instead of bemoaning the temptation, what if we approached it from the mindset that God is exposing an area of weakness within us that must be worked on?

Lastly, we must always be cognizant of the fact that God permits us to be tempted. We MUST grasp this fact. God permits it. This is where so many of us falter in our walk. God himself will never tempt us to sin, but he will allow us to be tempted by the enemy. What I’m trying to say here is that God is still in the works because He is still in control of our situation!

Even though He permits the temptation, He will not allow more than we can bear. In this fact we can take heart! In the midst of temptation, God is still there because He is going to make a way of escape in order for you to bear up under it. Plainly stated; the temptation will not overtake you if you will place your trust in Christ.

Something to remember, the next time you’re being pulled a dozen different ways.

Be blessed, in Jesus name.

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Representative of the Masses?

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Like many of you,I am appalled that the two candidates vying for the presidency of the United States apparently sum up the best and brightest their respective parties have to offer.

On the one hand we have a candidate that most cannot stand,while the other candidate is one that cannot be trusted to tell the truth. Based on your personal political beliefs,you get to choose which candidate falls into which category.

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To me,they are inseparable and equally corrupt figureheads representative of all that is wrong with the American political system. Both of them epitomize what happens when the abuse of power corrupts the mind and heart of mankind.Greed,bigotry,lies,deception,and much more is all on display for the world to see in America’s “best”.

How anyone can say one is better or worse than the other defies logic,as does the prevailing sentiment that “while I don’t like either candidate,Trump is intolerable”. Meaning,of course,that Clinton is the lessor of two evils so she should get the vote. This line of thinking only perpetuates the lowering of the bar so far as standards go,as evidenced by the plethora of hateful and vitriolic attack ads the country is being inundated with.Which by the way,are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come.

Am I the only one who is embarrassed by all of this?

In short, they are both pawns of a political system that bears no resemblance to anything remotely associated with the Christian values that many like to think America was founded upon.Instead,both of them exhibit the “values”of a Satanic system bent on enslaving this nation in violence,corruption,class warfare,hatred,and racism.Both of them are selfish,crude,self absorbed,and basically devoid of grace and compassion.

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Both of them.

And yes,that is exactly how I feel.

Both of these candidates,whether doing so blindly or willingly,proclaiming it publicly or in the shadows of darkness, have no qualms about tearing down the last vestiges of Christianity remaining in this nation. If you don’t believe this then I encourage you to do your homework. Research their speeches,read their books,examine their voting records.Take a long look into the past of both of them.History does not lie my friends.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived. Pictures of Hillary and Donald attending church services,or espousing nice “biblical sounding words”from the campaign trail are nothing more than photo ops strategically engineered to disguise their true feelings in order to garner the vote from those who associate themselves with Christianity or church.

Whether it’s building walls,forbidding certain religions and nationalities from entering America,thumbing ones nose at the rule of law,or the continual endorsement of the slaughter of the unborn:be not deceived.

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And before someone tells me “well,you don’t know what’s in their hearts,only God does”,you are absolutely correct. I do not. But I do see the fruits of their efforts so far.And what I see is rotten to the core.

I personally believe that it makes absolutely no difference which one wins the White House. Let me repeat that statement: it makes absolutely no difference which one wins the White House.After their terms in office are complete,America will be even more divided along class and racial lines than she is today.Mass shootings will have become commonplace.Gun violence will reach levels once considered unthinkable.The drug problem will continue to enslave our children and steal their futures.Our economy will be in shambles,making the recent recession look like a Sunday School picnic.

How can I say this with any degree of certainty?

Because at the root of all that is wrong with this current presidential campaign lies one immutable fact: God Almighty no longer guides America’s leaders. Nor is there any sign that there is an acknowledgment among its leaders that they recognize this. It’s business as usual as we steadily march onward to the inevitable surrendering of our Christian liberties.Of course,this kind of talk is shocking to some and upsetting to others who pine for the days when America was the envy of the world,but I believe I speak the truth.

As a people,America has rejected God,and its corrupt leaders must bear their share of the responsibility for it.As does it’s churches who have chosen to remain silent in the face of unprecedented evil. The day of reckoning is swiftly approaching,and who among us can escape it?

And lest you are offended at such strong words, consider if you will that this has to happen. America is destined to play its role in ushering in the one world government foretold in the Scriptures.What the world looks to as the standard bearer for truth,democracy,freedom,and what is”right” must ultimately take its place alongside all others in surrendering its soul to the world leader soon to appear.

Vote for the candidate that most closely aligns with your convictions we are told. As a Christian who believes the Bible to be the authoritative guide for living,I share none of these two candidates convictions.To do so would mean I would have to denounce my Savior.

My hope,my only hope,is in  the Lord Jesus Christ.

The High Cost of Negativity

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The following headline in today’s newspaper immediately caught my attention:

“Groups pump millions into negative ads in Ohio”

The amount of money spent to discredit and defame another person is staggering,as the following paragraph from the story details:

“Spending this year by independent political groups with confusing-sounding labels like super PACS, 501(c)(4)s, and 527 organizations will almost certainly surpass 2012, when at least $85 million was spent in Ohio on the races for president,Senate,and the House of representatives.”Negativity 2

Sure could use a little good news today.

So let me break this down a bit more. Here in Ohio we have some of the poorest counties in the U.S. In the areas of the state hardest hit by the recent economic downturns(think “coal”),the state employment rates are at or above 9.6%,far above the nations 5.1% rate.The highest unemployment rate(Monroe county)comes in at a staggering 13.4%!(Source: March 2016 Office of Workforce Development – Bureau of Labor Market Information).

The lack of quality health care and housing for tens of thousands of Ohioans is appalling.According to a University of Akron study an Ohioan is born into poverty every 18 minutes.Am I the only one who finds this nearly unbelievable? And what of the nation? The numbers add up to millions!

Lest we forget,Ohio also has the dubious distinction of having one of the nation’s worse drug addiction problems.It has gotten so bad the the heroin “problem”in Ohio is making the rounds on the national news outlets.According to a CBS news report of 4/26/16,twenty three Ohioans are killed each week by heroin.

Sure could use a little good news today.

So let’s see if we understand all of this. The state of Ohio has an enormous employment problem,some of the highest in the nation. It has a severe drug addiction problem,so much so that every week another 23 people are killed by drugs. It has a depressing level of poverty,which by the way is being added to at the rate of another hungry mouth to feed every 18 minutes.

So yeah,I think that about sums it up.That’s a lot of negative information,is it not? Kind of depressing isn’t it?

Sure could use a little good news today.

Too bad we aren’t hearing much in the way of good news. What we are hearing however is that the special interest groups that control the finances required to elect your favorite politician are spending nearly $100 million dollars on negative TV and radio ads.

Wonder how much they give to fight poverty…lack of health care…hopelessness?

And don’t forget: the other 49 states are doing the exact same things.

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Can you see what I see? I see heartbreak. I see destitution. I see destruction. I see a colossal crime being perpetrated against humanity. I see greed running rampant and an attitude of “it doesn’t matter what it costs so long as I get my way”.

Please don’t mistake this post as one of trying to drum up support for any particular candidate or party.I try my level best to stay away from entering the political fray because I know that my personal political views will not mesh with the majority today.It’s simply not worth it.I don’t discuss politics and I don’t allow myself to be drawn into mindless debates.

I am actually embarrassed and ashamed that as a state and as a nation,what we currently have running for political office is the best and brightest we can come up with. Or rather that money can buy.

Do you ever ask yourself “how did we ever get this way”?

From a Christian perspective I am deeply concerned about the precarious position America finds itself in today.Our enemies have uncovered our weaknesses,and they are many.The constant bickering and in-fighting among the various political candidates is a direct outcome of their lust for power and control,and serve only to widen the gulf between themselves and a desperate populous.

Can anyone argue that we are not reliving the actions of another nation that at one time was blessed beyond measure because they obeyed the Lord God? As we in America continue the downward spiral into the darkest reaches of sin,we continue to mirror ancient Israel who willingly chose to accept the leadership of fallen man verse the divine mandates of a Holy God.

And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.     1Sa 8:7 NKJV

I ask you, how can we feed and clothe our people,how can we offer them an alternative to a lifestyle steeped in drugs,how can we create new opportunities for employment,when those who we elect to solve these problems have rejected the Lord in favor of corruption?

We need God. Whether you realize this or not,we need God.

More money is not the answer. Another politician is not the answer. Your preferred political party is not the answer. The Right is not the answer. The Left is not the answer.

And yes,in the interest of full disclosure even the church is not the answer.The wealthy church that does precious little to stem the tide of negativity in their neighborhoods has long ago abandoned it’s mandate of love and compassion.While the world that is outside the ark of safety in Jesus tumbles into an eternity without God,the church is more concerned with demonstrating it’s success and influencing the world.

All the while billions beg to see a demonstration of the power of the gospel.

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We are falling headlong into an abyss from which there will be no return,yet no one seems to care enough to acknowledge this.

The answer that America needs will not be found in an election booth this November.

It can only be found at the Cross, where we must repent of our backsliding deeds and return unto the Lord.

We simply cannot afford the high cost of negativity any longer.