Testing and temptation

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Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows
(John 16:33; NLT).

1. God tests us,
But he doesn’t tempt us,
Tries us,
But he doesn’t lure.

2. He shows us
Jesus’ ways of coping,
So we learn
How to endure.

3. Temptation comes
When our desires entice,
Then drag, us
To the place

4. Where they give birth
To sinful acts —
But God helps us resist,
Through grace.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
(Philippians 4:13; NKJV).


References

1. He tests me (Job 23:10; NLT).

[He] tests the heart and mind (Jeremiah 11:20; ESV).

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone (James 1:13; NIV).

2. For Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, see: Matthew 4:1-11; NLT.

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure (1 Corinthians 10:13; NLT).

3. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away (James 1:14; NLT).

4. These desires give birth to sinful actions (James 1:15; NLT).

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:13; NASB).

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

You understand

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Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows
(John 16:33; NLT).

1. You understand our struggles
And misfortunes;
You understand our failures,
And our fears.

2. You understand our losses
And afflictions;
You understand our anguish,
And our tears.

3. You understand our secrets
And temptations;
You understand our lives –
Each bitter pill.

4. You understand the tests
We must endure, Lord,
For you have shared them all –
And share them still.


References

1. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do (Psalm 33:15; NLT).

The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought (1 Chronicles 28:9; NIV).

2. When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died” […] Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:32,35-6; NLT).

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

3. He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil (Luke 4:1-2; NIV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21; NKJV).

4. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NIV).

So dazzling

The Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords
(Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

1. Lord,
You’re dazzling,
Wise, and fair.

2. You’re so good
And kind;
You care.

3. Lord,
You’re mighty,
Great, and pure.

4. You’re so close;
Help us
Endure.

5. Lord,
You’re faithful,
Deep, and true.

6. You’re so just
In all
You do.

7. Lord,
You’re holy,
Strong, and vast.

8. You are God:
The first;
The last.


References

1. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

God is so wise (Job 9:4; NLT).

2. Only God is truly good (Mark 10:18; NLT).

He cares for the humble (Psalm 138:6: NLT).

3. God is mighty (Job 36:5; NLT).

God is so great (Job 22:12; NLT).

4. The Lord your God is close to all who call on him (Psalm 145:18; NLT).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).

5. God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13; NLT).

God is true (Romans 3:4; NLT).

6. How just and upright he is! (Deuteronomy 32:4; NLT).

7. The Lord our God is holy! (Psalm 99:9; NLT).

His power is vast (Job 9:4; NIV).

8. Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God (Psalm 90:2; NLT).

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:12; NLT).

With Christ

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Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

1. With Christ,
There is both freedom
And belonging.

2. With Christ,
There is both union
And longing.

3. With Christ,
There is both being helped
And serving.

4. With Christ,
There is both dying
And enduring.

References

1. When we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin (Romans 6:7; NLT).

You belong to Christ (1 Corinthians 3:23; NLT).

2. You also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT).

You know what I long for; Lord; you hear my every sigh […] For I am waiting for you, O Lord  (Psalm 38:9,15; NLT).

3. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT). 

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

4. If we live, it’s to honour the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honour the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NLT).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).