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The Great Temptation

17 Jan

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 (1 Cor. 10:13).

Have you ever been in a store somewhere and you see a woman’s purse in a cart left open and unattended, and you thought to yourself, “boy, if I wasn’t saved…ohhhweee”? No? So it’s only me huh? LOL. That scenario actually did happen to me, and my reaction to it was to wait there for the lady (who was elderly) to walk back over to the aisle and to her cart; I very politely told her that she needed to be careful because not everyone was honest, and that someone else may have stolen her purse or contents. She was very grateful and admitted that she absentmindedly left her purse in that manner. This is a common temptation, will we adhere to God’s commands or will we succumb to the temptation? What about less blatant temptations? How many times in a week do we actually say to ourselves…”if I wasn’t saved” or “if I wasn’t a Christian” or “they’d better be happy I’m in Christ”? Are you tempted to curse someone out because they pulled into “your” parking space while you were trying to back in? Or did you have to physically restrain one of the appendages on your hand when an aggressive driver cut you off? On a serious note, there are some temptations that are definitely not a laughing matter, and can cause you to fall into sin.

True story: someone that I know, told me a story about how they were walking down a street one day at dusk, and they passed a vehicle (a convertible) in which all of the windows were down, and on the seat of that vehicle was a very new and very expensive laptop computer. There was no one around, and although they are a Christian, the temptation was there, very real and pressing. Ask yourself this question…in the same scenario what would you have done? God’s escape plan in this scenario was to just keep on walking, right? I won’t tell the end of my friend’s story, but when I asked myself that question I actually didn’t like my first answer because I am truly one of the most honest people that you will meet, but our nature is to S.I.N. Satan likes to tempt us when we are most vulnerable; when Jesus was in the wilderness Satan waited until Jesus had fasted for forty days before he tempted Him. Imagine, Jesus was weak and probably hungry. Imagine yourself fasting for forty days in some remote location, and here comes your greatest enemy offering you the world, would you take it? Even in His weakened state Jesus rebuked Satan with the Word, “It is written…”. Satan KNEW who Jesus was at the time, just like he knows who you are. Just as he kept attempting to tempt Jesus by upping the ante, so will he with you.

We become so “spiritual” or “learned” that we believe that we are above any petty temptations that the enemy may throw at us, but Jesus IS God and that didn’t stop Satan from trying Him. Brother/Sister just because you’re married doesn’t mean that Satan won’t try and insert himself into your marriage whether it’s through fornication, pornography or lust. Bishop/Pastor/Preacher/Minister just because you get up and preach the Word every Sunday, it doesn’t mean that Satan won’t cause you to lie, steal and cheat. Let’s not forget that after Satan’s attempt to tempt Jesus failed Luke 4:13 states, And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. Do you see that? It means, he’ll be back after a while to tempt you again!

They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away – Luke 8:13.

Have you been drawn away from God due to temptation? Are you out of the will of God for your life? Are you willing to admit that you have succumbed to temptation and repent? About six years ago I fell into temptation and it almost killed me to admit it and repent, but I recognized that if I didn’t I would not be able to get back to God, and that made my decision for me. God is not willing that ANY should perish, but that all come to repentance.

Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith), To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years – Hebrews 3:7-9.

Stay blessed and pray for this country,

Iampastorswife

 
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11 responses to “The Great Temptation

  1. livingfree

    January 17, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    This is right on time for me. Thanks for posting it.

    I have been dealing with this issue. I know that the testing of our faith comes and I know that we are drawn by our own lusts and I know that God’s grace is powerful and will help us if we receive it. But when those tempting thoughts come it is indeed still a struggle sometimes to choose God. I wonder about that. After all He has done for me, it is still a struggle to choose Him instead of something that I know is wrong. Why isn’t the choice as easy? Why is it hard to choose God?

    Specifically for me it is food. I am not severely obese but I do need to lose some weight. He has outlined a plan for me that I know I will work but I still struggle in those moments of temptations to eat when I know I’m not hungry or to overeat something because it just taste so good.

    It’s not always the “BIG” sins that we have to fight. More often than not it is the everyday things that catch us unaware.

    May God help us all to resist the devil every minute of everyday!

    God Bless You Sister

     
    • iampastorswife

      January 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Hi LivingFree!

      You asked, “why isn’t the choice as easy” and “why is it hard to choose God”? The answer is simple, because in our flesh lies no good thing. We often let down our guard where our walk is concerned and that’s when satan can slip back in; remember, he leaves only for a season and when we become weak, and don’t immediately call on God for strength, then the enemy can get in and manipulate our emotions, mindset, feelings, etc. That is why God told us “whose mind is stayed on HIM, he would keep in perfect peace (Isa. 26:3)”. Besides we are supposed to watch and pray lest we enter into temptation. If God has outlined a plan for you, that means that He plans for you to succeed in it; when you stumble then remind God of His promise to you, and ask Him to give you strength. You are so right too, those little sins, the secret sins, are the ones that can be the most deadly. Pray for me Sis, as I pray for you…there is strength in numbers! 🙂 Thank you for posting!

      IAPW

       
  2. The Latter Days

    January 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    AMEN!!!!

    “Or did you have to physically restrain one of the appendages on your hand when an aggressive driver cut you off?”

    Okay, that is TOO funny!!! The other day, this driver almost ran me off the road, and I stopped and looked at him as if he had lost his mind. When he beeped his horn for me to move on, I raised my hand and waved him off as if to say, “Forget about you.”

    Can you believe that God dealt with me on that??? He said, “What is the difference between you waving your hand at that guy and doing something else with your fingers?”

    I said, “God, I didn’t do THAT. I just dismissed him with my hand.”

    And God said, “Why did you even have to do what you did? Your response was just flesh. It is not okay to give in to flesh just a ‘little’. If you are going to give in to flesh, then you might as well go all the way because there is no difference. Either you desire to be led by my Spirit or by your flesh.”

    Now that was a hard one, cause you know, I thought I was doing GOOD just keeping my flesh to a minimum. But Jesus wants it ALL crucified.

    Lord, thank you for this message! I promise to do better in not giving in to flesh even a little. Instead, help me to see and prefer your way of escape, for even the little foxes can spoil the vine. And please Lord, bless your servant for posting this article.

     
    • iampastorswife

      January 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      My Latter Days Friend,

      I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at your comment, because it is such a common reaction…or should I say non-reaction, so we think! I laugh at my husband all the time because he has a very stressful job, and often times he will come home and say, “You know, I almost cussed somebody out today”, and while I know he doesn’t mean it literally I cannot help teasing him by saying, “Well why didn’t you? If you thought it, you bought it” lol! As saints we are supposed to mortify or crucify those parts of ourselves that cause sin, yet the devil will come back seasonally to try us again. Case in point, yesterday, oh my goodness, I was driving my daughter to a drop-off point to go back to college; I stopped at a stop sign not too far from our house that I pass every. single. day. and this time I stopped and immediately I felt a *bam*, where some guy just slammed into the back of my car because he wasn’t looking. At the time I had my mind on Jesus and was thanking Him for my many blessings, but when I felt that car hit me I just…LOL.

      Anyway, I immediately got out of the car and he got out of his work truck and we met at the back of my car. The *old* me would have fought this dude, for real hahaha! But you know, I was so calm. He asked me if I was alright, which I was; we surveyed the damaged which was only some of his white paint scratched onto my back bumper and I rubbed his arm, told him to be careful and got back into my car and left. Then I thanked God that the damage wasn’t bad and that no one was hurt. That is God’s amazing grace, I tell you! I knew that satan tried to bring out the “old man” in me in that instance…he tried me, and failed. I pray every day that God will keep me in His perfect will and that he will guide my words, my thoughts and my actions; it is a constant battle, but one worth winning! Thank you for your testimony, it is a blessing! 🙂

      IAPW

       
    • Jassmine

      January 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      @The Latter Days, I so feel you on this! I am always caught thinking I did the right thing b/c I didn’t go all the way as I would have, but then he gently reminds me disobedience is disobedience and sin is sin; Whether it was a little, halfway, or all the way submitting to the flesh is wrong and as you said he wants us fully surrendered and submitted to the Spirit. That is what I have been working on doing lately, Walking in the Spirit, because it tells me in his Word if I do so I won’t fulfill the lust/desire of my flesh. #fleshmustdie

       
  3. pastordk

    January 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Blessings to you for this post. I always tell people that even as a Pastor, we face temptation. Just a few weeks ago I was faced with a particular temptation that God had delivered me from. And out of know where BAMMM. It was back. Now , I had to repent for it but I also knew exactly what it was and who was the author of it.
    Our flesh will deceive us into thinking we are ok! But check deep on the inside of yourself, and you may find that that very thing is there. We need to stay prayerful and “hate” the very sin.
    Sis Pastors wife, thanks for a timely blog!!!

     
    • iampastorswife

      January 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      PastorDK,

      Thank you for the personal testimony; see, ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It’s up to us to humble ourselves and submit our ways unto Him and repent. The enemy of our soul will fill us with pride and tell us that we’re “okay” and that God understands, but that is a definitive lie from the pit of hell. I agree with you that being prayerful is the answer always, even when it seems hard to do…that connection with Jesus will keep the enemy at bay. Demnons tremble at the name of Jesus – is what one of my friends said today so I say that “In the name of Jesus, the strongholds that satan has placed in the people of God lives are destroyed. God bless your people and keep them in your will. Amen!” Thank you for your comments Pastor.

      IAPW

       

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