by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 47 and 48 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Forty-Seventh Day (47 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
James 1:13-15

‘‘Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.’’ James 1:13-15

We often like to cast blame outside ourselves for our temptations and failures. We become angry because of what others have done - it’s their fault. We act on that anger and feel justified in blaming the one who failed or injured us. We seek revenge and plan retribution, considering it justified as no one else will make the originator of our loss pay for our pain. If we cannot somehow escape in attributing the very temptation as naturally coming from our enemy, we avoid guilt by pointing to Satan or demons as responsible for our attitudes and inclinations.


Forty-Eighth Day (48 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Micah 7:18-20

‘‘Our God, no one is like you. We are all that is left of your chosen people, and you freely forgive our sin and guilt. You don’t stay angry forever; you’re glad to have pity and pleased to be merciful. You will trample on our sins and throw them in the sea. You will keep your word and be faithful to Jacob and to Abraham, as you promised our ancestors many years ago.’’ Micah 7:18-20

We all need comforting words now and then. We hear so much bad news. We see the prevalence of corruption and sin even among those calling themselves the church, God’s people. We see violence, destruction, and pitting the interests of one over another, families torn apart, lives destroyed by addictions, and failure to give meaningful commitment to faith in Christ Jesus. We need comfort.
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