Hebrews 11:24-25 (NIV®)
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
This passage about Moses reveals something about the nature of sin: it is tempting because it promises something pleasant―an experience, a feeling, an objective, that is satisfying for the moment. If it weren’t pleasant, it wouldn’t be tempting. I’m not tempted by thoughts of overpaying my taxes or overindulging on broccoli, and I don’t imagine you are either. One of the falsehoods that we tell ourselves is that sin is not tempting. We need to be honest with ourselves and admit that it is. Sinful thoughts are a struggle for those of us who have been in our church all our lives. But the passage also says that the decision to act on those thoughts is a choice. Moses made the choice to give up the life of a royal prince because he knew he could not enjoy that pagan lifestyle and still please God. We will probably not be asked to make such a dramatic choice, but we do make choices throughout the routine activities of our days to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin, or, like Moses, align ourselves with God.
THINK ABOUT IT
As Jesus-followers we have access to the power of the Holy Spirit to help us resist temptation. Do you intentionally invite Him into the areas of your life where you are most tempted?
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your wonderful promises that bring hope to my life every day. Search me, God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. If You see any wicked way in me, lead me in the way everlasting and cleanse me from every sin (Ps. 139:23-24). Thank You for choosing me and redeeming me from an empty way of life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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