Just Thinking: Yielding to Temptation?
Just thinking: Yielding to Temptation?
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Temptation is NOT a sin, it is the enemy suggesting stuff or casting doubt oh what God already told us in our mind, or instigating our will against doing what we know to do anyway. Jesus was tempted, yet He never sinned.
God also promised us (True Believers) that whenever we are tempted He will provide a way out for us, whether we take His way out or not, is another story. When Jesus was tempted, with the same things Satan still uses today – Pleasure, Power and Popularity (courtesy of Dr. Youssef), He was able to repel Satan’s temptation.
Throughout the Bible, we read about those who did not yield and those who fell for the temptation Daniel and Joseph are two good guys who never yielded to Satan’s temptation, while Abraham and David are two good guys who yielded.
So, is there a lesson for us: Yep – to be strong against temptation
– we must know and believe THE Truth with all of our being
– we must cast down imaginations being used by the enemy
– we must be able to respond to temptation with God’s truth
– we must not put ourselves in situations to be tempted
– we must realize, strength to stand is not in ourselves but God in us
Yielding to temptation would not only affect us (our lives), but it might (or would) have effect on our generations yet unborn, as we see with both Abraham and David. So, we have a strong incentive to STAND against the enemy’s temptation, by knowing the Truth, by responding forcefully and by relying on God’s strength (Not ours).
May we always take advantage of God’s way out of whatever temptation the enemy throw at our mind and will (our soul basically).