Tag Archives: christian living

Perseverance

The Temptation of Christ – Seven Lessons in Perseverance

I’ll admit it.

I was this close to titling this article “The Temptation of Jesus, and Why We’re All Wussies”.

Luckily, cordiality and meekness won out, and so we have been left with the current title of this piece.

Still, the main point stands. In comparison to Christ, we are an extraordinarily weak, shortsighted, and impatient people. So often we fall into the trap of expecting life as a follower of Christ to be an easygoing and leisurely affair. Then, when hardship comes our way, we are left shrugging our shoulders and scratching our heads.

This is so pronounced in Western Christianity that we even have entire ministries built around the “Health, Wealth, and Prosperity” movement.

(Note: I will not be discussing the flaws found in such ministries in this article. But, stick around for awhile. I promise, I won’t be able to bite my tongue for long.)

But, what does the Word of God say?

If you would, please join me in this verse by verse study of Christ’s temptation as it is found in Luke 4:1-15. I will be using the ESV Bible as my primary reference, but you can feel free to use whichever translation most suits you.

Continue reading

Christian Life

Living the Christian Lifestyle

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus as the Christ who has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God, and this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world.” 1 John 4:1-3 NET

Christianity revolves around Jesus as Christ. To Christians, any faith, religion, or creed which does not accept Jesus as the exclusive savior of the world is anti-Christ. The very term anti-Christ alludes to being against Christ or against Messiah. Continue reading