Everything Matters

September 16th, 2015

Guiding Temptation:
Scott Smith

What have you been struggling with? We all struggle with temptations. Especially living on a college campus, temptations are around us all the time, but when we start stepping out our faith God will meet us more than half-way. 

Genesis 3:1-7 The Fall
This is where everything bad in our lives come from. After the fall man saw all the bad in the world. God made everything good. The potential for everything was created with the world; the potential for the iphone existed when God created the world. He made us to be His creators, but the fall happened and this changed how we saw the world.

It all starts with a question. "Did God really say this?" That was the question posed to Eve by the Serpent before she ate from the tree of good and evil. God had told Adam and Eve that they should not eat from that one tree, but the snakes question changes her view. Our decisions start with a question being raised. What does Satan make you question?

God gives us free will because he wanted to have a relationship with us that is full of love, He didn't want a relationship that was robotic.  In the Genesis 3, Eve lies to the snake. She tells him that God says they could not even touch the fruit, which is not true. She manipulated the truth God had told her; this is something we also do to God's word and something the Pharisees did in the Bible. The devil lies and tells her that what God told her is untrue, that she may eat it. The temptation comes, and Eve eats the fruit and then shares it with Adam. 

When temptation comes to us we often think "hmmm... it can't be that bad, it's really not a big deal." Or something similar to this. When we do this we have already lost because we are doubting what God tells us. We no longer think what he told us is good. But isn't everything God says good? He has a reason for it, and He only desires what is best for us.

Ephesians 2:1-5
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

God is trying to give you the best, he isn't trying to be a dictator. You are the center of every problem you have. With the problem, whatever it may be, you begin to put that and yourself before God. We're all tempted to be the God of our own lives and tempted to do the wrong things. For Eve it was that the fruit looked desirable and she knew she would gain wisdom. For us it's people, drinking, drugs, and it can even be our school work that we put before God. There's good news, God is always here for us to meet us wherever we are.

1 John 2:16-17
For everything in the world-- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 

Recognize that you are always in the presence of God, His presence changes our perspective. 

Here are some important things you remember:

God is always bigger than your sometimes
Always take time to pray
We are Christians because we need grace

When you are tempted, look to God. Don't run away, run towards something. 
We all fall short of the glory of God, but with His grace there is freedom (Galatians 5:22-26). Whatever is in your hand you can use to bring glory to God. You choose how to use the cards that you are dealt. 

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