Chapter 12: The Temptation

January 31, 2007

This chapter is packed with both challenges and inspiration. I can’t cover it all, but may request a second day on Ch. 12. And I must be brief tonight as I am literally spent. So today, only inspiration:

“All who desired deliverance from his [Satan’s] power would be set free. The dominion that Adam had lost through sin would be recovered.” DA107

“Satan had hoped that God’s abhorrence of evil would bring an eternal separation between heaven and earth. But now it was manifest that the connection between God and man had been restored.” DA109

“Satan had pointed to Adam’s sin as proof that God’s law was unjust, and could not be obeyed. In our humanity, Christ was to redeem Adam’s failure.” DA109

“Many claim that it was impossible for Christ to be overcome by temptation. Then He could not have been placed in Adam’s position; He could not have gained the victory that Adam failed to gain. If we have in any sense a more trying conflict then had Christ, then He would not be able to succor us. But our Saviour took humanity, with all it’s liabilities. He took the nature of man, with the possibility of yielding to temptation. We have nothing to bear which He has not endured.” DA110.

Last night, my sister had a baby girl named Lauren Elizabeth. And last night, my friend Marty died. My grief is not balanced by hope–as happy as I am to have a beautiful niece, I feel strongly that we were not designed to live here. And I’m even more amazed that God would send His only Son into the world to suffer all that we suffer; to live in pain, temptation, and oppression as we do. And to succeed where we never could. Jesus lived in our dirt and died so that we don’t have to ever be completely separated from our God of Love. What are we waiting for? It’s time to come close to Jesus and in these last days speak the Word of God in answer to Satan’s life robbing schemes. He knows that time is short.

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One Response to “Chapter 12: The Temptation”

  1. Renee said

    Who is Marty? (Email me, if that’s better.)

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