'The essence of temptation for a little while is to make sin appear more attractive than what God tells us to do in the Bible'

 

Some really insightful thoughts from Rich Nathan on 'overcoming sin' :)

See, you don’t have true Christian faith unless your faith is enough to provoke you to obey Christ’s commands. Let me just bring this down for you. You know, many of us struggle with some life controlling habit. In your case, it may be an eating disorder, or a gambling habit, or alcohol, or a sexual addiction, or it could just be a really horrible temper, or envy that grips you. You find yourself really upset when you find someone you perceive to be a rival at work, or in school, or here at church is getting ahead of you. Maybe you struggle with materialism and are running up your credit cards. Maybe you struggle with anxiety or fear about the future. Whatever it is that you are struggling with; you will not be able to overcome that issue, if you are a Christian, without faith. Faith is the way we break life-controlling habits. Faith is always going to be at the center of your answer for getting rid of various kinds of addictions. Faith is what we need to battle through temptations.

See, in the moment it is not obvious that God’s way is better than our way when we are tempted. The essence of temptation for a little while is to make sin appear more attractive than what God tells us to do in the Bible. Sin seems more pleasurable in the moment. Sin seems more convenient. Sin seems more promising. It seems more satisfying.

Well, how do you battle with temptation to sin? The only way is by having trust in Christ sufficient to provoke you to obey his Word. In the moment, even though it seems that this will be more satisfying, it seems that this makes the most sense, it seems that I need to take matters into my own hands. Yet, faith in Christ tells me that obeying him is always going to turn out for my ultimate good, that I will have a better life long term, a more satisfying life, a more joyful life, if I obey Christ rather than disobey him.