RESET with Forgiveness

One of the hardest things to break is a temptation. We all have them, even the people you think are too good to have temptations, they have them also. One of my temptations is sweets. Candies, cakes, cookies, and chocolates, it doesn’t matter to me. I guess you could say I have somewhat of a sweet tooth. Whether your temptation is eating chocolate or something more serious like lust or greed, you aren’t the first person to have a temptation. Let’s take a look at the history of temptation…..
Temptation first entered the world when Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-19) and from that point on violence, pain and suffering entered the world. People have been tempted for YEARS, it didn’t start with you. In the book of Matthew, we find the passage where Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan. That must have been hard for God to watch his own Son, be tempted when He had the power to stop it.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
In the last verse, Jesus says something that I say whenever I think about things I shouldn’t be thinking about, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” The next time you are tempted to do or say or even look at something evil and tempting, say ‘Away with you, Satan! You will be amazed at how well it works!!!
When Jesus Christ died on a cross for our sins, we were given eternal life and forgiveness. Forgiveness is like a RESET button on a computer. The way I think about it is, God has each of us a computer program. He keeps a record of our rights and wrongs. When we fall into temptation, which happens probably more than we would like to admit, the normal approach is to ask forgiveness for those wrongs. When we ask for forgiveness, it is like God pressing a RESET button on our souls. We never have to think about those things again, in this life.
I would like to leave you with this final food for thought,
Temptations aren’t anything new, but you have a chance to RESET with the gift of forgiveness.