John Owen is my homeboy

"Temptation is like a knife that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his existence or his destruction." Owen

Jesus Christ faced temptation and did not sin. That is an amazing truth. Many time we are tempted and we give in solely for the reason that we want to. We want to sin. But Owen, who is a surgeon of the soul, points out that we do not have to give into Sin when we are tempted. I John 4 tells us to that the person who abides in us is stronger than our sinful nature and the Devil. This soundbite from Owen challenges me to pursue righteousness, to hunger, to thirst; that i may be filled. As Jesus faced temptation he learned obedience, not that he was ever disobedient - he learned through experience, what it would be like to look temptation in the eye and cry out no with drops of sweaty blood on his forehead. As Christ did that, I can as well- for Christ abides in me and He is more powerful than this world.

if you see a temptation, see an obstacle and cast it aside looking to the author and perfector of your faith.