Dealing with the Issue of Temptation Final Part


“Celebrating Our Victories Against Temptation”

 

            As we have established in this series; we will all be tempted at one point or another, therefore we must learn how to biblically face temptation. I strongly believe that temptations can always be used as a positive aspect in the life of a Christian if we take the right approach. If we look at the phase of temptation that reflects the awful condition of our hearts, then we praise God for showing us that reality. We can then present those issues to the Lord in prayer and trust in His power to mature us. Our job is not to fix ourselves or be fixed by anyone, for no one has that kind of power. Our job is to surrender our lives to God who is the Only One that can help us. It is not about doing whatever we want until He changes us; it is about denying ourselves from doing those things our flesh wants to do and getting a hold of the divine nature that is available for every believer. First Peter 1:2-4 tells us:

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

            To say that we “can’t help it;” that we can’t be made free from our strongholds, is indeed, a true statement. However, we have the choice daily to get a hold of that divine nature that Peter was talking about in these verses. The Bible is telling us that “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” Beloved, throughout the generations of men, there has always been a curiosity for knowledge; this was in part what moved Adam and Eve to sin as they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, there is only one knowledge that can save our lives and one knowledge that can give us the power and wisdom necessary to overcome all things. The power to overcome all temptations is by knowing JESUS. Yes! Jesus is the answer, weather people accept that reality or not!

            As I end this series, I want to look briefly at the reality that temptations can also be a great reason for celebration; because it is through temptations that we can see the work of God in our lives. How many of you have been in situations with people where you tell yourself: “He better be glad that I am a Christian!” Why? Because if he or she would have done or said what they just did and say, you would have your foot placed in a very private sector of their body. Know you can look back and say: “I used to react that way, but now…” Yes my brothers, yes my sisters…celebrate for God has done and continues to do a great work in our lives. How can we know if we know what we know if we are not tested? God surely tests our hearts Himself for us to see the level of our love and commitment to Him. However, God also turns around and uses the devil by allowing him to tempt us so that we can see how strong or weak we are as it relates to sin. First Corinthians 10:13 tells us:

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

            No reason to be nervous or anxious about temptations, we must rest in these three promises according to what we see in this verse:

  1. Everybody must endure temptation; you are not the only one. You are not alone.
  2. God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear.
  3. If you find yourself in a situation where you are beyond your limits, God will always provide a way out.

So really, it is up to us if we want a way out. The choice is always ours. Let’s take a look at what James tells us:

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12) (NKJV)

 

            Beloved, there is no crown without enduring temptations! So, the next time the devil comes to tempt you; get a hold of that divine nature and get a hold of these promises and get ready for your crown. I am looking forward to casting my crown before Jesus…Glory!

 

 

3 thoughts on “Dealing with the Issue of Temptation Final Part

  1. Temptation itself is a lack of self-control, a letting go, a letting down of one’s guard, Angel. The one who allows “the iniquities of the wicked [to] ensnare him” and who “is caught in the toils of his sin” has one basic problem: “he dies for lack of discipline” (Prov 5:22–23).

    In this great conflict between good and evil, the choice is always ours. No one is forced to succumb to temptation. We choose to do so. Stories of temptations that are successfully resisted, such as David’s resistance to the suggestion that he put an end to the king who torments him, prove that we have a power of choice when confronting temptation. 1 Corinthians 10:13 makes it this clear: “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

    The stakes involved in temptation are high, Angel. I think the picture in Proverbs 7:21–27 is an apt summary: to succumb to temptation is to be like an ox going to the slaughter, a stag whose entrails are pierced by an arrow, a bird caught in a snare and a one-way ticket “down to the chambers of death” Yet even where we find ourselves seemingly beyond our limits and situations beckon us toward evil, they can not cause us to give in to temptation; they merely provide the occasion for moral choice. The enemy is within, as James makes clear: a “person is tempted 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 full-grown brings forth death” (James 1:14–15). The antidote therefore is to guard one’s inner heart and soul: “keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life” (Prov 4:23).

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    1. As I said in this series; temptation itself is not the sin; it is what we do with it. Their are two aspects of temptation: one reflects what in our hearts needs fixing, but the other is a celebration as we are able to see the work that God is doing in us. Yes, I agreed, is always our choice. However, temptations will come… The Bible tells us “When you are Temnpted…” not, “If you are tempted.” Jesus gave us the example on how to face these temptations. In Jesus case it was a nighmare for Satan because their was nothing in Jesus for Satan to get a hold of. However, the Bible is clear that Jesus was tempted in everything. The only aspect that I question of your comment is: “Temptation itself is a lack of self-control, a letting go, a letting down of one’s guard, Angel.” Temptation itself is not a lack of self-control, a letting go or a letting our guard down; what we do with temptation showed us if we have control or not, if we let go or not or if we let the guard down or not. For exmaple, if you are trying to loose weight and you are invited to a party with plenty of food all around you; no one can judge you for being tempted; specially if they have your favorite food in front of you. However, at that moment we must understand thatw e still have the choice and the power in Jesus to come out victorious out of that temptation. We do have access to that divine power. The promise is also standing: God is not going to allow us to face any temptation we can’t handle and if so, as you remain us in your comment, He will provide an exit.

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