Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian content around the web, including one on temptation and another on eternal life.
7 Seasons When You are Vulnerable to Temptation (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
We understand why Jesus told us to “pray,” but why did he tell us to “watch”? Because there are particular times and seasons when we’re especially vulnerable to temptation. You need to find out what they are.
The Reward of Eternal Life (Patrick Ramsey, Meet the Puritans)
We aren’t justified by our good works because they do not play a role in the granting of the right to eternal life, and because they are rewarded after justification. Indeed, we can’t be rewarded with eternal life in the sense of entering into its possession if we don’t already possess it by right
Waiting for the Pruning to Work (Courtney Reissig)
…pruning is a normal part of being in the vine—Jesus—and that by being in the vine you will bear fruit. This is a helpful truth for believers, especially those who are undergoing pruning in their lives. Pruning and bearing fruit are evidences of being God’s child.
You May Not Know What to Pray, but the Holy Spirit Does (J.D. Greear)
Thank God that the Spirit doesn’t meet us in our pain with “At least …” The Spirit knows our pain is real. Jesus knows it’s real. They feel it with you, and the Spirit groans even more deeply than you do.
But the Spirit doesn’t just empathize with us. Groaning also indicates the Spirit’s wisdom. The Spirit prays “according to the will of God.” He prays the will of God perfectly over us, that God’s good purpose will be accomplished to the letter.
The Problem with “Spiritual but not Religious” (David Qaoud, Gospel Relevance)
We must be patient with those who doubt (Jude 22-23). We should not sneer or mock those who say things like this, but must lovingly listen and point them to the right path.