Temptation is something you want to have or to do, even though you know you shouldn’t. ( James 1:14-15- when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown, brings forth death.)
God understand the problem of temptation and has given you a way out. It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to yield to temptation. It isn’t the fact of having temptations that should cause us shame, but what we do with them. Temptation is an opportunity to conquer. God will not allow any temptation to attack you that you are not able to overcome. If you would combat temptation, begin with controlling your thoughts. To overcome temptation simply think right- think right thoughts until your thoughts are only good thoughts not bad ones. Everytime you think of a bad thought conquer it with a good thought. We imprison ourselves by our sins, but when we repent and surrender ourselves to Christ, he sets us free if we ask him to conquer our sins. (Luke 4:18- The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverence to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…)
The thing about temptation is that it always seems appealing. Temptaion shows us the way evil works.
- It lies and deceives in order to be appealing.
- It tries many different ways to get to us, the most effective, being its disguise as our own thinking.
- It tempts us where or when we’re weak.
- It tempts us as soon as we’ve made progress
- It usually tempts us with something that’s important to us.
The biggest trick of temptation is to masquerade as our own thinking so we won’t recognize it as an intruder upon our peace and purity. Satan’s purpose for it is to distract us from God and derail us spiritually. Examples of temptation in the Bible are:
- Temptation of Adam/Eve
- Temptation of Abraham
- Temptation of David
- Temptation of Shadrack, Meshack and Abidnigo
- Temptation of Job
- Temptation of Jonah
- Temptation of the people of Israel
- Temptation of Jesus
The way Jesus handled temptation is extraordinary. The (temptor) satan tried everything possible to tempt Christ, but could never succeed in doing it. Jesus never gave into temptation, he passed the test “(Hebrews 7:26- For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.)”
Jesus overcame temptation in the wilderness: (Matthew 4:1-11)- Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith onto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord they God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord they God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Alot of people are tempted is these ways in society today:
- You can be tempted to condemn yourself and beat yourself up, by focusing on your past mistakes, sins, shortcomings, faults, and failures.
- You can be tempted to feel sorry for yourself and wallow in self-pity about life’s disappointment or blame others for the situation that you are in.
- You can be tempted to get offended, hold grudges and walk in unforgiveness because someone treated you badly. You can face the temptation to be bitter, resentful and vengeful; to be consumed with anger and a desire to get even no matter what.
- You can be tempted to be spiritually lazy and lukewarm- daily Bible reading and prayer are neglected and you lose your hunger and passion for God. Living for God and serving him is no longer a priority.
- You can be tempted to stretch the truth, to lie and be deceptive to gain advantage over people or to cover up your own hidden sins.
- You can be tempted to compromise your integrity and Christian testimony by looking at things you shouldn’t look at, going to places you shouldn’t go to and associating with people you shouldn’t spend time with(bad company).
- You can be tempted to worry, to get anxious and fearful of difficult circumstances and the pressure of life. You can get caught up and focused on the bigness of your problems instead of the greatness of your God.
(2 Peter 2:9- The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations.)
When you begin the day with God and prayer and meditation on His word you dedicate the day to him. When you start the day with Him you begin the day energized with his presence and the power to overcome. Acknowledge that God has called you to live a pure and holy life in the midst of a sinful environment. We are not Christ, but if we serve him we will become like him. Our temptations would be easier to conquer. Our life would become more peaceful. The devil would leave us alone, when he sees that we are not going to become his slave. Jesus was born of a virgin, so he came into the world without sin, while he walked the earth he was out of sin and yet, he died on the cross to save us from our sins. So next time you feel tempted, think of the pain Christ endured on that rugged cross for whatever sin we commit. Learn to stand strong in the Lord and be ready when the tempter comes.
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