Just for a while I thought to look at one angle on temptation that we will experience as we seek to be complete in Jesus Christ.
The dictionary says of temptation : A testing designed to strengthen or corrupt.
Hebrews 2:18 Since He Himself has gone through suffering and temptation, He is able to help us when we are being tempted.
Also in a later verse in Chapter 4 the writer says that, He faced all the same temptations as we do yet He did not sin .
Isn’t it true that when we are faced with a problem or situation or whatever, we are more likely to listen to advice from someone who has had our same problem someone who has experienced our same temptation , when we thought our problem or temptation was unique to us. Now here comes someone I would be more inclined to listen to, someone not expounding theory, but sharing experiences.
Jesus says the writer to the Hebrews ,” has Himself gone thru all the same temptations “ And Jesus gives us some timely advice Matthew 6:13 Matthew 26 :41 Where he says , to pray to God ,and so don’t yield to temptation, to keep alert and pray, otherwise the temptation of the flesh will overcome you.”
God never temps us with evil but when we choose to turn away from it and resist it not giving in to its bait, we are strengthened.
James 1:12-14 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that Love Him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Do you know the easiest temptation to fall into is complaining!
What`s the easiest thing to do apart from talking about the weather, complain about something that can’t be resolved. How often do we when tempted give in and complain. Is complaining a sin ? No but what it does when we continue to engage in that is it weakens our spiritual resistance. All the negativity does have an effect.
Philippians 2: 14-16 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “Children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
First of all we need to protect our minds because the enemy knows where to hit us, it`s there first and foremost.
When Satan hits us with a temptation it first starts of in the mind, then we act on it. As an example… he starts by making us think how serene and wonderful were the good old days how glamorous and easy and better it was then, it was so much better in our biased memories and so we find reason to complain about today instead of giving thanks and walking in Victory.
Remember the Children of Israel ? God had miraculously delivered them from Egypt, He fed them with manna everyday, true it was manna, manna, manna every day , and they had all tried Moses`s cook book 101 Ways to cook Manna and then they started remembering the few scraps tossed to them by their slave, they saw the scraps as full buffets.
Temptation to complain – It starts with the thought, the enemy needs the cooperation of the tempted, that’s when we need to guard our minds.
Martin Luther said “You cant stop the birds flying over your head, but you can stop them nesting in your hair. “
Do we remain spiritually childish
or do we grow up in Jesus.
Remember the dictionary temptations designed to strengthen or corrupt.
Let’s take the advice of one who was tempted as we were, yet never gave in Keep alert and pray, otherwise temptation if you allow it will overcome you!
But we have a wonderful promise to hold onto in this Scripture below…
1 Corinthians 10:12-14 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.