The Inside Column 4/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 04, 2015 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

Only two weeks until the church fair… Have you singed up to help on the day yet? the form is in the foyer. There are lots of different things we can all help with. I am looking for some more people to help set up, this will be a bit of an early start 7.30am but the work is not too hard.

The church fair, if the weather is good, is a lot of fun and a great way for us as the church to get to know people from both congregations. We are still looking for people to bring in some baking for the cake stall, and of course if you have white Elephant stuff you can drop items off at the church hall. We will be having our grocery raffle so if you can bring a food item next week that would be very helpful as well.

Last weekend Jonathan and the youth spoke about temptation. I came across these thoughts in my reading this week, hope you find them helpful.

Temptation

Somebody once said, ‘Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.’  ‘Temptation’, wrote William Shakespeare, is ‘the fiend at mine elbow.’  Temptation is when we feel like doing the wrong thing. Temptation itself is not a sin.  Rather it is a call to battle. Where does temptation come from? Certainly not from God. James says, ‘when tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone’ (v.13). Often, in the Bible, temptation is seen as coming from the Devil. Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent. Job was attacked by Satan. Jesus was tempted by the Devil.

However, the devil works on our own evil desires: ‘Each of you is tempted when, by your own evil desire, you are dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death’ (vv.14–15). As John Dryden put it, ‘Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.’

Sin is always a deception.  James writes, ‘Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters’ (v.16).  Good things come from God. ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows’ (v.17).

We are deceived when we think that we need things that are not good.  The deception in the Garden of Eden was that Adam and Eve thought that they needed to experience evil as well as good.  God only wants us to experience good.  Every time we feel like doing the wrong thing and choose to do the right thing we grow in maturity, strength and wisdom.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

 

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