I said to myself, ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.’ But that also proved to be meaningless. ‘Laughter,’ I said, ‘is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?’ I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly – my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was… Continue reading Temporary and Lasting Pleasure
Last night in our Bible overview series at Bethesda Baptist Church we were considering the effects of sin in our world and in our lives. This morning I came across this excellent post on Tim Chester’s website and I reblog it here to help you defend yourself against the deceitfulness of sin.
The Puritan John Flavel identified six arguments which Satan uses to tempt as long with model responses. Here I’ve abridged and updated what Flavel says. See if you can spot the voice of temptation in your life and identify how you should respond.
- The pleasure of sin
Temptation: Look at my smiling face and listen to my charming voice. Here is pleasure to be enjoyed. Who can stay away from such delights?
The believer: The pleasures of sin are real, but so are the pangs of conscience and the flames of hell. The pleasures of sin are real, but pleasing God is much sweeter.
- The secrecy of sin
Temptation: This sin will never disgrace you in public because no-one will ever find out.
The believer: Can you find somewhere without the presence of God for me to sin?
- The profit of sin
Temptation: If you just stretch…
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