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Faith upon the Word

August 16th, 2018

Scripture cannot be broken. (John 10:35)

When faced with trials and temptations, upon what shall we stand?

One person trusts his feelings, and this is perhaps the most unwise of all things to trust. Our feelings are not faithful moral compasses, instead they are notoriously unreliable. A romantic song of the 1970’s had the memorable line, “It can’t be wrong when it feels so right.” But, of course, things can be entirely wrong but still feel okay to us.

Another person trusts his friends, and our friends are often as unreliable as our feelings. Another trusts his reasoning, or his conscience, but our logic and thinking, even our consciences, can be turned in any such way. We are capable of reasoning logically to the wrong conclusion – we do it all the time. The scripture itself describes the human conscience as being “seared with a hot iron” (1 Tim. 4:2). We often feel guilty for things we ought not to feel guilty for, and we often do not feel guilty when we should.

The only true reliable source for Christians is the Word of God, what it clearly says, promises, and commands. Christ relied on the Scripture in temptation and not on his reasonings or logic or emotion. He stood against the temptations of the devil as a man should stand, trusting in the Word of God, entirely committed to its truth. “Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We need to take both of these responses in trials and temptations: complete submission to God and stern resistance against the devil.

 

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