But he didn’t, God wouldn’t let him.
You see I was pretty angry earlier today, it doesn’t matter why, but as the saying goes “You reap what you sow”.
That’s the thing with the Evil One, he is always there, waiting for the chance to re-enter you and get you to sin. I wrote yesterday about patience, well Satan is patient. Today, he was there when I got angry, and I was tempted to find myself some alcohol to drink my anger away.
The problem with anger is it clouds your judgment. It takes control of you and that is when temptation enters you. Temptation leads to sin. As I said I was looking to get drunk today. I even rationalized that if I did, I would get out it out of my system and I wouldn’t do it again. But once you give in, even just a little bit, it gets easier the net time, and the next time.
We can resist temptation when we truly trust in God. As I was thinking about finding me some alcohol today, I heard God talking to me, asking me if I really wanted to do that. Satan was strong though, he kept telling me do it. But the funny thing was, every place I went to buy, was closed, so I couldn’t get drunk. Sure I could have gone to a bar somewhere, they were opened, but then since I had the dog, I would have had to go home first, then go back out. When I got home, I read about anger and temptation instead.
Here are some passages from Thomas Kempis’s “The Imitation Of Christ” – Chapter 13
The beginning of all temptation lies in a wavering mind and little trust in God, for as a rudderless ship is driven hither and yon by waves, so a careless and irresolute man is tempted in many ways.
Above all, we must be especially alert against the beginnings of temptation, for the enemy is more easily conquered if he is refused admittance to the mind and is met beyond the threshold when he knocks.
We should not despair, therefore, when we are tempted, but pray to God the more fervently that He may see fit to help us, for according to the word of Paul, He will make issue with temptation that we may be able to bear it. Let us humble our souls under the hand of God in every trial and temptation for He will save and exalt the humble in spirit.
I use this passage from 1 Corinthians 10:13, a lot in this blog,
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Even though we know God won’t let us be tempted beyond our means, this doesn’t mean we should sin anyway, as I have written before, He saved me before and I think He would save me again, but I am not going to keep testing him.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:12 – 15
I know this was a bit of a ramble, (hence the picture of the Rambler) but thanks for bearing with me.
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