Before I share some of the great articles and blogs I’ve read this week, I wanted to apologize for not publishing any new content this week. I created this blog to help you with your Quiet Time, and I take that seriously. I’ve been working on a great study – James 1:13ff – but it’s just been incredibly busy this week, and for some reason I’ve been led to continue working on it.
But, I do want to give a sneak preview of what I’ve learned through my research. In James 1:13ff he gives a brief analysis of temptation and sin. Here’s some of what we’ll get into next week:
“Sin always amplifies its benefits and minimizes its cost.” Tim Challies
“If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation.” John Owen
*The problem is not desire itself; the problem is when we seek to fulfill desire in ungodly ways. (Me)
“If God is ‘untemptable’ as the passage literally proclaims, why am I so ‘temptable’?
I know I’ve enjoyed researching and meditating on that topic. I hope you’ll check it out next week and more importantly, be encouraged and challenged by it. For now, here’s two great reads I enjoyed this past week:
This is a powerful and timely article by pastor and blogger Erik Raymond. I’m still wrestling with all the truth in this excerpt: “It may be spiritual persecution, social pinching, physical suffering, or just the chaffing of life in a fallen world. We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that our present realities are neither a surprise to God nor a subversion to his plan. What’s more, we can be assured that since he is our Father, by means of gospel adoption, then every station of life is a station ordained by love. Difficulty does not mean desertion. If there was a better situation to be in at the present moment then divine love and wisdom would have put you there.”
This gem is my author Michael Kelley! I’m not sure I agree it’s the “real reason”, but he has a great point! I won’t spoil it for you – read it and see what he says is the real reason. Do you agree?
Have a great weekend!