“Nobody sins out of duty. We sin because we believe sin’s promise of pleasure.” I didn’t say this. John Piper did, so you know it’s true. In this post we will discuss 3 temptations all men face. Keep reading to be warned about those little, yet not so little, foxes that chase us all.
So why do we sin? Because we want to, it feels good, and because we get pleasure in some way. That’s why we do it.
The question is not if you will be tempted. The question is how, when, where, with what or with whom you will be tempted. Three of Jesus’ apostles—the men Jesus personally selected to follow Him—faced temptations of doubt, greed and pride.
Oh, and they failed. If they failed, what hope do you and I have? I’m here to give you hope. But first, let’s talk.
Catch the foxes for us—the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—for our vineyards are in bloom. —Song of Solomon 2:15
As we look at these three temptations that all men face, or “little foxes”, please look inward and consider your behavior. Maybe these temptations aren’t so little in your life. If the Apostles aren’t above them, neither are we. Now, I get it. This list isn’t exhaustive. But, it’s a good start.
1 The temptation of doubt.
Thomas is the example of doubt in Scripture. John 20:24 writes that Thomas said, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe!”
What does doubt look like to you? It isn’t wrong to study and discover the evidence that leads us to believe in Jesus. You have doubts. Awesome, now go ask questions and find answers. Honest doubt implies seeking. Struggle until you make decisions. Struggle until you change your behavior.
How do you combat doubt? You combat doubt with trust and belief. James 1:6-8 s