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Crossroads: Choosing the Road to Sexual Purity
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Thoughts for Today
Both Jesus and his tempter knew that Jesus would eventually gain these kingdoms anyway (see Psalm 110:1). So Satan was tempting Jesus to take something that is rightfully his but by wrong means. To avoid pain and suffering by gaining the kingdoms that are rightfully his--but without going to the cross. And in the process, Jesus would have to bow down and worship the devil.
Once again, Jesus refused to give in to the temptation. And again, he quoted the Scriptures, revealing the root of the temptation by showing the right form of worship.
Consider this ...
Sometimes we may know in our hearts that God has a plan to take care of a situation, but we don't want to wait. We want the solution now. And so, instead of waiting for God's plan to unfold, we manipulate and make it happen now. Our way. And in rejecting God's plan, we are bowing down to Satan.
We have all experienced this temptation in some area of our lives. Let us learn from the example Jesus has set for us. Let us choose God's way, God's timing--always the best way and the best timing.
These thoughts were drawn from ...
Crossroads: Choosing the Road to Sexual Purity by David E. Longacre. Crossroads deals with choosing the road to sexual purity and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
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