“Temptation as a Reflection of our Own Hearts”
“9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (First Timothy 6:9) NIV
There is a part of temptation that ought to be celebrated as we will see later in this series. However, there is a part of temptation that gives us great warnings concerning the true condition of our hearts. I am not afraid of making this statement: “The more idols we have in our lives, the more we are going to fall victim of our own temptations.” Temptations are designed to seduce us to sin; we can only be seduced with those things we like and enjoy. If I am trying to follow a diet because I feel that I need to lose some weight, I am not going to be tempted with raw vegetables and carrot juice; even as I recognize that these foods are good for me; they don’t necessary interest me so much. I doubt that I’ll be tempted with pork as I have learned to avoid pork. However, for me, temptation can come in the form of yellow rice, with Puerto Rican style Pinto Beans, little pieces of turkey bacon and a nice sized and juicy T-bone steak. Satan looks for those weak areas in our lives to attack us. In general those weak areas are very common to all of us:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…” First Corinthians 10:13
The same happens with other desires in our lives; those are open doors for temptations to enter in left and right. However, the bottom line here is that we will all be tempted; perhaps in different individual ways; but at the end we must understand that temptation feeds out of the desires of the flesh. If we are honest we must recognize that we all have desires in us that are not Godly. Some have gotten to the point of feeling comfortable with confessing our sins to one another; and that is indeed Biblical. However, how mighty it would be if we will get to the point of confessing our temptations before they manifest into sin.
As I said before, we can’t see in the dark, but Satan can. If Satan can get us in his dark rooms of sin, he will make sure that at the least, we come out of there (If we ever come out!) so wounded, that we would never be able to recover. Many are walking around in shame and trapped by sin because they never opened their mouth to expose Satan right from the beginning. By exposing our temptations we turn the lights of truth on and it is that light that will shine so bright that it would blind Satan and make him flee from us.
If we are not exposing our temptations we must ask ourselves: why? Is it that we have no one to talk to with that level of transparency? This may be true! It amazes me to see how connected people are today’s days with cell phones that, not only allow us to talk to someone at any time in any place, but also we have the ability to text and stay connected in Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. However, it equally amazes me that even with all that connection we are still so disconnected from the truths of our hearts and what comes in and out of our thought process. If we are not exposing our temptations we must ask ourselves: why? Is it that we are ashamed or is it that we are enjoying the temptation and looking forward to the sin? Temptations are a great indicator of the stuff that is still piling up in our hearts; however temptation is not the sin; it is just an attempt of the enemy to bring you down. The Devil has been able to recognize those buttons and triggers in your life and he knows exactly how, where and when to attack you more effectively. We will all be tempted because we all have flesh and stuff in our hearts that needs changes. That is the reason why God allows certain temptations to come our way; God can also use them to get us to see our condition; when we do and we cry out to God, that is when God is able to turn everything around for good. However, as long as we continue insisting in our sinful ways we are refusing God’s help.
The Bible tells us in Galatians that there is a war going on inside of us; the war between the Spirit of God and the flesh. We have an innermost man that is always willing to do God’s will, but we also have an undisciplined and disgusting flesh that desires nothing Godly. The Bible tells us in Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Which one are you going to listen to? It is time for many of us to take an inventory; to examine our ways and to take a closer look at the end-results of our choices. The times are so dark that we must not wait to confess our sins; we must attack as soon as it becomes a temptation; why? Because if it is a temptation; there is something in our hearts that want that thing; it is that “want” that we must honestly deal with. Not on our own strength, but in the power of God.
TO BE CONTINUED…