Back to the Basics

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 23, 2011
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James 1:2 - The NAS Bible translates as “trials” the word that the KJV translates “temptations.” Frequently in the Scriptures, temptation and prayer are connected.

Our attitude toward temptation determines its impact on us. We should not consider it strange that we are tempted (1Peter4:12), since it is common to all.

1Corinthains 10:13
- No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you will be able to endure it.

2Peter 2:9
- The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

3 and 4
– The great allurement of temptation is the illusionary deception that partaking thereof will provide some enhancement or pleasure for us.

Simplicity of Faith

Matthew 8:23-27
For Jesus, faith was simple.

Matthew 14:28-33
Jesus told him to come; so, why fear? Just have faith.

Matthew 15:21-28
The Syrophoenician woman had great faith.

Matthew 17:14-20
The father came looking for Jesus but settled for the disciples. So, perhaps he doubted their ability.

Matthew 21:18-22
Jesus gave a lesson about faith by example.

Temptations present themselves by pleasure or pain. Temptations caused by the pleasures of lust, immorality, greed, and such like or the pain from tribulation, persecution, or worldly pressures are a signal to act out. Faith grows through practice. Every time we ask God for help and receive it, our faith is strengthened. We prove to ourselves that God is dependable and will never leave us.

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