Don’t Give in! Proverbs- Week 1- Day 3

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 

Proverbs 1:10 

Explanation:

The speaker here continues to be Solomon.  In the two previous verses, Proverbs 1:8-9, He began speaking to his son about hearing and not forgetting the instruction and law of his parents.  Here in verse 10 he gives very practical instruction to his son.  “if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”  Sinners do not always sin alone.  Often when we sin we want others involved.  It makes us feel less guilty when we are not the only one.  This can be a difficult temptation for any human being, but can be especially tempting for the young.  We want to be accepted.  We want to have friends.  The young often do not want to go against the flow. 

Solomon is warning his son of something that is to come.  He’s getting ahead of the temptation.  You are going to be invited to sin.  Do not give in.  This is wise. If the decision is made at the time of the temptation and not before, the right decision becomes more difficult to make.

Application:

In the New Testament, Paul makes the case that God the Father wants to help us in time of temptation.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 

1Corinthians 10:13 

Jesus, our Savior and God’s Son, was also tempted.  He defeated temptation with the Word of God.  He knows what we are going through, and wants to help us in the moment of temptation.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all p  points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.   

Hebrews 4:15

The Holy Spirit indwells the believer to help them at the moment of temptation.

(16) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh…  (22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  (23)  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  (24)  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  (25)  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16, 22-25

Response:

  • What can you do to walk in the Spirit today so that you are ready for temptation when it comes? 
  • If someone entices you today, don’t give in!  Decide now to do the right thing with God’s help.

Devotional: It’s Time to “Reckon”

Devotion for January 20, 2013

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. **Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.** Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
(Romans 6:8-12)

Have you ever done a budget? I hope you have, but even if you haven’t you’ve probably “reckoned”. To “reckon” means to take into account.

Numbers And FinanceThink of it this way: A friend calls you and asks, “Want to go to a movie with me?”. You take a moment to think about when you got paid last, what you’ve spent since then, and how much you have in your bank account. After a moment of thinking you say, “Yeah let’s go” or “I wish I could, but…”. In that moment of thinking you were reckoning. You were taking into account everything that you knew about your finances to make a decision.

Paul takes the first few chapters of Romans to explain what God has done for those who are “in Christ.” In the same way that death no longer has dominion over Jesus Christ (He rose from the dead on His own power!), we must “reckon” that sin no longer has control of us. We are dead to sin, and alive to God.

So today as you face temptation take a moment to reckon.

  • My sin drove Jesus to the cross.
  • I have the Holy Spirit inside me helping me to fight temptation.
  • I have the resource of prayer to talk to God about what I’m facing.
  • I am in Christ and in the same way He conquered death, He can help me to conquer this temptation.

If you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior you don’t have to give in to that temptation. Say out loud, “I am dead to sin and alive to God!”