You Will Be Tempted!

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 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.” I Corinthians 10:12-13

Temptation comes to every man and woman. It comes to us in different forms at different times. Temptation is Satan trying to get you to ruin your character and testimony before the Lord and others. Being tempted is not a sin, acting upon the temptation is.

We live in a wicked world and we will not be able to avoid all the different temptations that Satan has for us. But we can live our life in such a way that will minimize the temptations. Build walls around your life, establish Biblical principles, make good decisions that will lead you in the right path. All Satan needs is one slip, one crack and he can get us to act on that temptation that he puts before us.

God doesn’t allow Satan to attack you with more than you can handle, we see that in Job. God also gives us His Word, the King James Bible, that gives us the solutions to any temptation the devil brings.

Yes, you will be tempted.

Yes, you do have a choice to act on that temptation or not.

Yes, you can make the right choice in the those times of temptation.

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Enduring Temptation

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12-15‬ ‭KJV

The first part of verse 12 says “Blessed is the man who endureth temptation.” It does not say “Blessed is the man who goes through temptation.” Huge difference here! We all go through temptation, but few endureth, few out last the temptation. Few people stay strong enough to fight the temptation and keep on doing right. God says the man who endures, who stays strong, is blessed.

The next verse tells us that we should never say that we are tempted of God. I like that it says God cannot be tempted with evil. That just shows His perfection and sinless nature. Because He is perfect, He cannot tempt us with evil because He knows no evil.

The progression that temptation makes through verse 14-15 is very interesting. Temptation all starts with lust or a desire. A desire to want to do something wrong, something that goes against God and His Word. When you act upon that lust or desire, it becomes a sin. That sin continues until it is finished and it brings forth death. I believe that sin can cause death physically but also mentally and emotionally. It can bring death to relationships and friendships. It causes pain and sorrow.

Go back to that verse 12 and let us read the first part again, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation…” We now that temptation starts with a lust or a desire. So blessed is the man the doesn’t act upon the lust or desires that he has that comes from this world. Blessed is the man that endures, that stands strong, that obeys the Scripture when temptation comes. Temptation comes to all of us, yet not everyone stands against that temptation. Most decide to act on that lust or desire and they fall into sin and eventually lose their life because of it.

Endure, stand strong, don’t fall into temptation. Set yourself up for success by doing what you are supposed to be doing according to God’s Word.