Abundant life, Encouragement

Lead Me Not Into Temptation

photo-35Temptation  is an act that looks appealing to an individual, it is something that allures, excites, and seduces someone. It is usually used to describe acts with negative connotations and as such, tends to lead a person to regret such actions, for various reasons: legal, social, psychological (including feeling guilt), health, economic, etc. Temptation also describes the coaxing or inducing a person into committing such an act, by manipulation or otherwise of curiosity, desire or fear of loss.  “Temptation” is usually used in a loose sense to describe actions which indicate a lack of self control, such as procrastination or eating junk food.  Temptation has repercussions for even the strongest.  Infatuation can also lead to temptation as someone might do something for `love` in spite of his better judgement.

You have heard some people say, “The devil made me do it” which is far from true.  The devil doesn’t make you do anything even if you are possessed.  You however submit and give in to the human nature flesh.  As long as we are here on earth, temptation will always be in existence.  We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because he was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means.

As humans we all deal with life.  It rains on the just and the unjust alike.  The Bible is filled with many promises with an “IF”.  If we obey and turn to God for direction we can make it.  It is when people run from God that things get unbearable and you find yourself in a mess.  You may be thinking, you can’t continue to live in a life of chaos or turmoil with the circumstances around you.  You may be saying, “Why me, Lord?”.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result.  The result in which you want will not come if you are not willing to change.  There will be seasons in our life in which we don’t understand, however God gives us the strength to make it through, changing us in the process.  Instead of the “Why me?”, ask God, “What is it that you are trying to teach me?”.  I have found out, many people have cycles and continue to go through problems of the same kind.  These problems or even temptations are not from God.  The circumstances and temptations usually occur because we have placed ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and we give in.  Just as a child, we must learn there are consequences to breaking the rules.  

One of the things that makes us cave in to temptation so early is that we often have the sense that we are going to fail anyway, so why even put up a struggle? But are we so sure of this? Didn’t the problem of last year or last month strike us with the same despair? And yet with God it was possible.  Spiritual growth seems so impossible in the moment, and so easy in retrospect.  We need to remember how unlikely it seemed we would ever: profess Christ, pray in public, witness, and all of the other steps along the way, as we face the temptation to give up now. After all, this too will pass. We can, and will make it by the grace of God. And God has given us His word…

James 1  Is your life filled of difficulties and temptations?  Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of our problems.  For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything strong in character, full and complete.  Happy is the person who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love him.  Remember, when someone want to do wrong it is never God who is tempting him, for God never wants to do wrong and never tempts anyone else to do it.  Temptation is the pull of man’s own evil thoughts and wishes.  These evil thoughts lead to evil actions and afterwards to the death penalty from God.

1 Corinthians 10:13  Every temptation that has come your way is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist; at the time you are tempted he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.

Remember to pray:  Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil………


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