Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Righteous Temptation?

It is very clear from James ch. 1 that God does not tempt us. Duh! Satan tempts us!! But have you ever been tempted with thoughts of righteousness? At first pass, it seems that this happens to me every so often. For instance, while I was studying GReek (which doesn't take much to tempt me from focussing on that), my thoughts are averted to my dreams of ministry and effectiveness, and practicall application of what I am learning in Seminary. Teh items that I am thiniking of are not sinful at all. I often get some of my best Ideas and it sonnects very much to the core of my God-given passions. But, I really need to be studying Greek. It can very easily be interpreted as a temptation. So either, what I am thinking of is really in some way sinful, or God is telling me to ditch seminary and get back in full-time ministry (if that wasn;t another temptationin and of itself). Knowing that teh Evil One is very crafty, does he use righteous things to tempt us from other righteous things. Or is it all a wash, since if I fail at GReek, at least I will have some great new ideas about ministry? Please give your thoughts... How do you understand temptation?..

2 Comments:

At 2/23/2006 4:18 PM, Blogger Ryan L. Hansen said...

Actually Dan,

From my point of view your thoughts about ministry and actually doing something are thoughts that are in the right. I think the real temptation for many of us is to sit in a room and just learn stuff and not really be contributing to anything that really means anything. Of course, I am willingly succumbing to this temptation as I have applied for a PhD program now. But, anyway, thinking about doing things is righteous, but I wouldn't call it temptation in anyway.

 
At 3/02/2006 11:46 AM, Blogger Anna said...

Dan,
Ah, greek homework. I'm experiencing alot of the same thing right now to tell you the truth. I really should be studying greek, but I constantly find myself dreaming of future ministry. I don't know that I would call it temptation, but perhaps God testing...saying "Will you keep choosing obedience? Will you put in the time for this now so that I can use you the way I want to later?"
Hang in there.

Anna Dyke

 

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