“A god who is all love, all grace, all mercy, no sovereignty, no justice, no holiness, and no wrath is an idol.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.” Hebrews 3:8-9
On the Exodus Israel camped at Kadesh Barnea while Moses sent twelve men to spy out the Promised Land. They returned with a majority and minority report: Ten said the land was indeed promising, but giants lived there- too mighty and powerful to dislodge. Two agreed that there were giants, but urged the people to trust the promises of God. The nation voted with the majority resulting in Israel wandering in the wilderness for the next forty years.
Hebrews tells us that God placed the giants in the land to test & tempt Israel and Israel in return tested/tempted God. God tested Israel because God had Israel’s best interest at heart and Israel tested God because Israel had Israel’s best interest at heart. Both parties sought Israel’s best. They disagreed on what that best looked like. You sin, because like Israel, you disagree with God regarding your best interest. It took Israel forty years to take an eleven-day journey because they failed God’s test.
James teaches, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” 132 Matthew uses the same word when he says, “Jesus was driven of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” 133 Also when Paul says, “God will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able,”134 and Hebrew’s comment that “Abraham was tempted by God to offer lsaac.”135 The difference between a temptation and a testing (even though the same word is used) is motive: God tests to strengthen you and you tempt God to resist Him.
God will do to you what you dare not do to Him. He will test you. Whether you submit to the testing or resist Him depends on whether you believe He has your best interest at heart.
132 James 1:13
Deuteronomy 30-31 Mark 15:1-25 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
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