Words to Grow By: No Thanks!
July 28, 2019
This Sunday we consider Jesus’ temptation in Luke 4:1-13.
Sometimes what we are tempted to do isn’t wrong in itself. Turning stones into bread wasn’t necessarily bad. The sin was not in the act but in the reason for it. Satan was trying to get Jesus to take a shortcut, to solve his immediate problem at the expense of his long-range goals. Satan often works that way—persuading us to do things, even good things, for the wrong reason. The fact that something is not wrong in itself does not mean it is good for you at a given time. Ask, “is the Holy Spirit leading me to do this? Or is Satan nudging me to do this in order to get me off the track?”