Apr 8, 2024 - Default    No Comments

Temptation / Test

– Harry Reeder

“Christians make a big mistake that we resist temptation and flee Satan, and I think the Bible would have us do the opposite. The Bible does not want us to flee Satan. The Bible wants us to resist Satan and he will flee from us (James 4:7). That which is to designed by the world, the flesh and the devil to ensnare us into sin, we are to flee that temptation and pursue the environment of holiness and the means of grace that build us up. When God brings tests, they’re not designed to ensnare us. What they are designed to do is edify us. A test from the divine hand does three things: To show us what we know, to show us what we don’t know, and to show us what we need to know.

“基督徒常常抵擋試探、逃避撒旦,這是一個大錯;我想聖經要我們做的恰恰相反。聖經沒有要我們逃避撒旦;聖經要我們抵擋撒旦,撒旦就會從我們面前逃跑 (雅各書4:7)。世界、肉體和魔鬼設計的誘惑,為了使我們陷入罪惡,我們應當逃離那試探,並追求聖潔的環境和恩典管道來使我們得到造就 (提後 2:22)。當上帝帶來試煉時,不是為了使我們陷入網羅,而是為了造就我們。從神而來的試煉有三個功用:告訴我們已經知道的,不知道的,以及需要知道的。

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