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Micah 2:1 “At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it…”
Our current evening series at Church is called “Brass Tacks: Getting back to basics”. We had a guy preach on “How to resist temptation?” which was great message. You can listen to it here. One of his points was that actually in reality, we can’t resist temptation because within us we have the desire to do it anyway. How can you resist something that you deeply desire?
The answer: Running away.
If we are caught in temptation, often all that we try to do is ‘get rid’ of our desires or white knuckle it through the temptation. We are just fighting ourselves, and eventually we always cave in. But if we run away as the Bible instructs us to do so, we remove the temptation from ourselves or ourselves from the temptation.
Matthew 18:8 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire”
As Micah said in the above verse, often the only reason that makes us sin is simply because we have the power to do it. We have the access, we have the control, we have the power. Part of resisting temptation is actually removing that power and access from ourselves. When Jesus said to cut of your hand because it caused you to sin, he was talking about removing those parts of our lives that give us access and power to sin.