Temptation is a reality we all live with because of the reality of our sin. Eve was tempted and we are tempted. Eve gave into the temptation of Satan to be like God (Gen. 3:5) and we give into the same temptation. Even Jesus was tempted in every way as we are but “yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). We see Jesus being led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit for 40 days where He was tempted by Satan (Matt. 4:1-11). Thanks be to God that Jesus resisted and overcame Satan’s temptation so that through Christ we can overcome our temptation (Rom. 7:21-25; I Cor. 10:13; Heb. 4:14-16)!
For all of the discussion on the reality of temptation there is not enough discussion on how we deal with it and resist it. That is, there are too many 3 step plans to help us that don’t really get to the heart of how we overcome and resist temptation. What we need is more discussion on how Christ is our example and over-comer. More so, how we can resist temptation through Christ’s resistance to it? We need more talk on the psychology of temptation. What kind of mental process is going on in our heads when we are tempted and what does the transition look like going from being tempted to giving into temptation? These are some of the questions Russell Moore seeks to answer in his new book Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ.
Here is one blurb for the book by J. Ligon Duncan that I think leads us right to the heart of what Moore is seeking to accomplish:
Russell Moore is a riveting writer, and you won’t have to read this book for long before you also find out that he knows some things that you need to know about the deceitfulness of our hearts, the trials of temptation, the schemes of the Tempter and the power and grace of the Savior. Wise beyond his years, and unashamedly supernatural and biblical in his approach, I almost hear the old Puritan Thomas Brooks speaking to me in Dr. Moore’s words (albeit in a Mississippi dialect!). In one of the great hymns of the church, ‘Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners,’ we sing ‘Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing, He, my strength, my victory wins.’ But how? That’s what Russell Moore shows us in this book. Read it. Search your heart. Pray for grace. And join the fight.”
Yesterday Crossway put out a video interview by Justin Taylor with Russell Moore about this new book. You can watch the video below and then buy the book from WestminsterBooks.com. We are all tempted so we can all benefit from this great book!