The first step in fighting temptation

“The first step in fighting temptation is to remember who you are in Christ and to situate that within a larger story of God’s kingdom economy, the economy of the gospel. This means reading the Bible the way Jesus reads it, not the way the Devil preaches it. Apart from Christ, there simply are no promises of God. In his temptation of Jesus, Satan quoted Scripture, and he didn’t, remember, misquote anything…Satan wanted our Lord to grasp these things apart from the cross and the empty tomb. But these promises couldn’t be abstracted from the gospel without becoming devilish to the core. You can go to hell believing Bible verses abstracted from Jesus”

~ Russell D. Moore Tempted and Tried: Temptations and the Triumph of Christ


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