… “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God'” (Matthew 4:7)
Jesus’ response to the enemy makes it clear that we are not to live recklessly, tempting God with our disobedience. We must not put His grace or His mercy to the test just because He’s given us freedom. Why is it that so many people feel like it’s okay to live as we please, as long as we say our prayers at night and go to church? If Jesus, the only begotten Son of God would not test His Father, what makes us think that we can test Him?
Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received a full knowledge of the truth, there is no other sacrifice that will cover these sins. There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume His enemies. Anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Think how much more terrible the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God and have treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to His people. For we know the One who said, “I will take vengeance. I will repay those who deserve it.” He also said, “The Lord will judge His own people.” It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:26-31 NLT).
My friends, we must examine our hearts, confess our sins and repent. I know many people have said that God is married to the backslider, but Scripture says: For it is impossible to restore to repentance those who were once enlightened — those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come — and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people to repentance again because they are nailing the Son of God to the cross again by rejecting Him, holding Him up to public shame (Hebrews 6:4-6 NLT).
Hear the word of the Lord people – “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
Cheryl A. Showers