Dealing with temptation!
Heb. 4:15-16 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Jesus knew what it was like to be tempted to sin but when He responded Biblically to it, He left us an example to follow. Mt 18:7-9 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. LESSON - The word offense means stumbling block or temptation. The point that he is making in this passage of scripture is that stumbling blocks or temptations will come from the world’s system. The temptation to sin is not sin itself. How you will choose to respond to it will determine whether or not sin occurs. Our course of action should be as follows:
1. Avoid temptation whenever possible.
We all have different propensities to sin, so our temptations will all be different. Your responsibility is to understand your propensities and avoid them whenever possible.
2. Create physical barriers between you and your sin.
If cable or internet creates temptation, turn it off. If places or people tempt you to sin, separate yourself from them.
You NEVER have an excuse to sin and do whatever is necessary to avoid it.