The Temptation Is Real

Have you ever been tempted? I probably could answer for you and say yes. There is temptation all around us. Recently, I had something happen to me which got me thinking and I wanted to share it with you today.  I was tempted with a single Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup that was laid on my desk at work.  They are my absolute favorite indulgence.  I know you are asking, “What is so bad about that?” Since January 9th, 2017 I have been a journey for the betterment of my physical health. I have been giving my all to lose weight. I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I currently have an eating plan and it doesn’t include Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. So, you see, the temptation of the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup was an especially difficult one. Oh, how I wanted to eat that chocolate covered peanut butter morsel. It was just ONE! What could be the harm in that, right? You see, I am still weak with my new eating lifestyle and the temptation was and is very real. I was so proud of myself, because I handed it to the young lady that works next to me.  I did not give into temptation.

This made me think of our Christian journey and the temptations that we often face.  I know people have greater temptations than chocolate, but it’s important to note that everyone has something that they struggle with.  The thing is, no matter how long you have been a Christian, we all especially struggle with temptations. There is so much temptation around us. Things that may not tempt one person, may be a weakness for another and Satan knows this. He will use your weaknesses against you. It is one of his greatest tactics.  I am reminded what 1 Peter 5:8-11 says

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

The devil is always waiting and watching to attack you when you are at your weakest point.  That is why it is so important to be watchful. Pray, study Gods Word, surround yourself with like-minded Christians to grow stronger in the faith.  We must be prepared to deal with those temptations head on.   1 Corinthians 10:13 is a comforting reminder for the Christian…

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

God is with us every step of the way, we must put our trust in Him.  Jesus overcame the devil’s temptations in the wilderness with the Word of God. If it worked for Him, it will work for us too.

Hebrews 4:15 tells us Jesus was tempted in every way you and I are but He was without sin. You can be tempted by the same thoughts a hundred times a day without sinning. He knows what you and I go through. There is not one thing that we will face that He hasn’t already faced. As the words to the old hymn tell us: “Jesus knows all about our struggles, He will guide till the day is done”. Indeed, there’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus.

There are so many things in the world that can cause a person to stumble. It could be alcohol, drugs, gossip, envy, jealousy, sexual wickedness, hate, the list can go on and on. All these things are around us every day in some form or fashion.  If you let any of these things control your life, thoughts or tempt you to stumble, then it’s an issue that needs to be gone from your life.

Matthew 5:30 “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

This passage is not teaching that you literally cut off your arm, it means that if something is hindering or tempting you, get rid of it or abstain from it.

It is not a sin to be tempted; temptation becomes sin when we yield to temptation and act on it.

James 1:14 says “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”  That’s what temptation is, it’s giving in to our own desires, engaging in things we like to do.  Something else to think about is that we must be careful that the temptations that we give into don’t cause another person to stumble.

Notice:  Romans 14:21 says, “It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak”. This passage teaches to not do something that would cause a fellow Christian to stumble and sin. So not only do we have to be careful ourselves, but we must be careful not to do something that causes a brother or sister in Christ to stumble.

I know sometimes we are tempted in doing or saying something that is not pleasing to God. We are not perfect and we as people, make mistakes all the time. That is why I stress to folks, to read God’s Word, study and pray. The more you know, the closer to God you are, and the better equipped you are to face those temptations. There is nothing in this world worth losing your soul over!

Just a final note:

We do a free Bible correspondence course by mail. If you would like a lesson mailed to your home, please just email me and we will be glad to mail out lesson number one. Start today making your journey with God a great one.

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