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,