Sunday Morning Podcast August 18, 2019. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
HEBREWS. 2:17-18 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
HEBREWS 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Jesus was tempted, experiencing a tug of war, but overcame without sin so we could also. Temptation is one pull in the tug of war, (a strong one) between the profane (or the common), and the divine (God’s holy will). God is able to help us, or we wouldn’t be able to do this. It is His gift of grace and power that is fully given to us, and not something we must grow into for power over sin and carnality. Otherwise that would mean we would have to grow in grace to eventually overcome sin. That was not the example Jesus set for us. A tug of war is sometimes inherently thinking “you’ve got this,” to early pull to victory, but in our later real life experiences, we find out that, it’s not so easy. You then find out you’re not so strong, as you thought you were. It’s humbling to go through temptation and find out you’re not as strong as you thought. But when we do find that out, we can realize our weakness is our strength in God. Temptation has existed since the beginning in the garden with Adam and Eve. The tug of war movement from the Divine to the Profane, and vice versa. The profane is not merely that which consists of profanity, (although it is that also) but ultimately profane is “the common,” (the human, the carnal, the fleshly, the earthy), this is what makes up the profane. The divine is heavenly, the godly, and with the power of God’s grace, we can choose and access that provision from God, …for our life.
We live in a world that doesn’t love God. A profane world. We are in the midst of it, and with also the choice to live divine. This divine to profane temptation, was even suffered by Christ in the wilderness. The temptation was to lift Himself up above God. To move from His divine plan to a profane place (common to man). If a person desires, they can be, and stay divinely close to God. If you’re not close to God, you likely are in a profane place. So if you become aware of that, you can move toward God, away from that common place. It’s a tug of war. In our values, and every decision, every day. All of it, is affected by this tug of war of the divine and the profane. Everywhere you go, you have an opportunity to show the divine attitude from God, towards the needs we encounter from others. We may think we have “the right of way,” but others might come against that because of a self need. How do we handle that? Do we show an attitude of divine reaction?
Every event or decision we face, we can show a divine attitude, or profane (common) one. These are simple occurrences that will cause us to choose to be common (profane) or divine (godly) as God would lead us to. We all, saints and sinners alike, are affected by these “tugs of war,” Otherwise saints would never backslide. In Proverbs 7:6-27, we read about a “simple one” carelessly looking out the window, (one that was not careful to have discernment) then listening to the strange woman (the profane or common) to be taken in by her sinful seductions. This was to his spiritual demise. In Acts 20:9 is a narrative about a young man tired (from a listening to a long message from the apostle Paul), that chose to sit in a window. In his tiredness he fell asleep and fell out to the ground. His error was to choose to put himself in an unsafe position. Illustrating a common or profane choice. Both illustrations show one putting themselves in a careless position, to fall into a tug of war that was won by their profane (common) temptation. In our everyday interactions with others, you don’t have to be unkind, sinful, disrespectful, which is common or profane. You will make decisions. You must choose to divinely worship, to be divine and not common or profane. You have been given the choice from God to be imparted with His overcoming grace, to bear these fruits. Stop blaming other things and people. If you choose the divine, you can be spiritually fed by God. There is no “launching” to God’s grace, unless one first change to choose God’s grace.
Tug of War Between The Profane And The Divine…..