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Posted On 01/19/2016

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If you haven’t already, someday you will have to choose between being cool and God. You could be in a lot of different situations being tempted, choosing between friends, power, popularity, etc.  We don’t want to feel like we’re missing out on anything, but doing wrong to be “cool” isn’t helping you. Your friends or people who you consider to be above you can pressure you into doing something wrong. Temptation isn’t from God and that is why it leads us to sin.
In Matthew 4|5-7 Jesus is tempted by the devil as he is brought to the pinnacle of the temple and told to jump, because angels would catch him. You have to understand the temple was the city-center. It was always busy and the city was built around it. There would not have been a more public place in Jewish culture. Jesus had the opportunity to be even more popular with the people and show everyone how great he was. Instead of giving in to the fear of missing out, Jesus used scripture to back himself and said, “It is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.” He knew it was right to have God’s approval and not look for anyone else’s. He didn’t need to be crazy popular,  showing us that humility is key. Satan tempts us with things that we want to keep us away from God. These things can seem good or innocent or fun but it’s our choice in how we respond, and choose right from wrong.
“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” (Proverbs 22|4) Missing out on popularity is better than missing out on a good relationship with God. Sometimes we are looking for approval from the wrong people, instead of having a meaningful relationship. We could be missing out on the plan that God has for us because of FOMO and letting temptations get to us, things that aren’t worth it.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need” (Hebrews 4|14-16) Jesus relates to us, and He will help us through whatever temptations we will face.

Tiphani Obama’s writings are significant to students in high school and will help students take a closer look at sermons in StuCo. She grew up in South East Michigan with her brother and two sisters and goes to Brighton High School. She plays tenor saxophone in band and likes cocoa puffs. Her goal is to help people take next steps with God.

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