Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Filey Parish: Blogging for Lent – Analyzing Temptation
Naming temptations is often the first step in overcoming them. I was reading an old article in Scripture Union’s “Encounter with God” which broke down the commonest temptations in this world into three – Money, Sex and Power. Maybe this can be broken down even further into two – Self-indulgence and self-adulation. We all suffer from these two temptations daily or at least I do! If anyone can add to this analysis I would be interested to hear about it through your comments. How does one overcome these two types of temptations? Two verse 15’s.
Self-indulgence – Give yourself to God instead of to self. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
And he (Jesus) died for all, that those who live should no longer
live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised
Self-adulation – Praise God instead of yourself. (Hebrews 13:15)
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God
a sacrifice of praise -- the fruit of lips that confess his name.