Dragged Away—Day 2

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Dragged Away—Day 2 James 1: 13-15 “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” Our devotional scripture teaches us that Satan does not tempt us; however, when tempted he is looking forward to our failure. Oswald Chamber says, “Temptation comes to make us lose what God has put in us by regeneration—the possibility of being of value to God.” What has God placed in us that can be productive for His glory?  Do we give much thought to that?  God is doing something and He is doing it with us; nevertheless, if we are not guarded, succumbing to temptation can cause us to lose something of value. In our devotional text, the Greek word for tempt is, pĕirazō, pi-rad´-zo; which means to be put to the test in order to ascertain the nature of someone, including imperfections, faults,...

Dragged Away

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Dragged Away James 1: 13-15 “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.” As we begin this week’s devotional series, let us meditate on this thought: the trials we must endure are often coupled with temptation we must overcome. Often, in the short term, we can handle trials with an attitude of grace and dignity. However, a longer trial or more intense test has the tendency to draw out of us a less flattering response to our situation. The devotional text says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God.” Prior to verse 13, verse 12 speaks of the blessedness of the one who perseveres under trial. Trial and temptation come from the same Greek root (peira). The Greek root word denotes the outer trial and the inner temptation. It is no coincidence that...

Is Your Heart Broken?—Day 5

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Is Your Heart Broken?—Day 5 Psalm 51: 1-13 As we come to the end of this week’s devotional, it is clear; because David handles his sin appropriately he discovered what his problem was. David was rotten to the core since the time of his birth, and he knew if he was going to make it and be a man who pleased God, a new heart was necessary.  David’s problem originates from this one thing—sin; it had deprived him of his joy and gladness. Although David desperately wanted a change, he knew he was incapable of creating for himself a new heart. Isn’t it something how our heart determines how we receive, or even how we see things? I remember a conversation I had with a seminary classmate who at the time was over a thousand miles away from his wife. Being young and knowing nothing about love, I was curious how someone could be so far away from their spouse for so long and not...

Is Your Heart Broken? —Day 4

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Is Your Heart Broken?—Day 4 Psalm 51: 1-13 One thing David knows about the mess he has made is, he sincerely desires to make things right with God. David demonstrates that we don’t change apart from dealing with our issues truthfully. “Behold, I was brought forth in sin.” David is saying, his whole life has been a mess from the very beginning. We often see ourselves as good people because of where we come from, because of who our parents are, because of where we went to school, because of our status, and so on. We can find or forge a reason to convince ourselves (or others) we are good. I have learned that unawareness of who I really am, or being pleased with who I presume I am interferes with my ability to deal with my sin. We work hard to get where we are—As if that makes up for the unflinching fact—We are a mess. Our momma and daddy were/are a mess. It doesn’t matter how...

Is Your Heart Broken? —Day 3

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Is Your Heart Broken? —Day 3 Psalm 51: 1-13 Brothers, how many of you have tried to give flowers without saying, ‘Sorry?’ Sisters, have you been wrong, but instead of addressing the issue you make a kind gesture to make up? In both cases, the real problem is never addressed. Could it be that we spend a lot of time and effort trying to make up with God, rather than repenting and confessing before him? Lord, we have done wrong. In our devotional today, David says, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” The writer is placing emphasis on, “I know” and “Ever before me.” In Hebrew, the word Know is, yâdaʿ, yaw-dah´ which speaks of the knowledge one has. The Hebrew word for Ever is tamiyd, taw-meed´ which means to continue on without interruption. Then the final Hebrew word, Before is, neged, neh´-ghed this word has several meanings, but one meaning, in particular, is,...