The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20 Understanding our wretched condition apart from Christ is profoundly helpful for us as we pray for and long for unbelieving friends and relatives to come to Christ. Think about a father and mother who have been grieving...
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God throw yourself down.” Matthew 4:5 (NIV)
It’s very important to know how temptation works. Satan is a liar and the father of lies. He tempts you with some enticement, and he puts these thoughts into your mind: “This is what you want. This is what you enjoy. This is where you belong. This is who you are.”
The Spirit of truth says, “That is who you were. It is not who you are, for you have been bought. You have been cleansed. You are a new creation. You are a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are a light in this dark world. Now, be who you are.”
You are free from sin, so don’t let sin be your master (Rom. 6). Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, so flee from sexual immorality (1 Cor. 5). You won’t flee sexual immorality until you know the Holy Spirit lives in you. You have been raised with Christ, so set your mind on things above (Col. 3). You’re a new creation, so live for Christ and not for yourself (2 Cor. 5:15).
Are these things true of you? Then you can say, “I’m a new creation in Christ, and I’m going to spend the rest of my life living it out. That’s the joy and the freedom of the Christian life. It’s not about pretending to be something you’re not; it’s about learning to be who you are in Christ.
Are you listening to Satan’s lies or the Spirit of truth?