This morning my thoughts go to the very life of a “Christian”. The Christian life is just that, Christlike. Christ was tempted by Satan in this world but He was determined to do the Fathers will. He used the Word to break every work of Satan, and so can we as believers, for the Word of God is powerful, alive and active if applied.
What is God ASKING? This morning let’s look into the questions – Are you yielding to temptation? Do YOU yield to temptation?
Temptations are all around us and we are NOT to yield to these temptations. Jesus was tempted in ALL areas of life just as we are and did not sin.
He is our example and the Bible is our guide or you might say our instruction manual to follow in and through life. As a “Christian” we are lead by the Holy Spirit just as Jesus was and we can be victorious over EVERY temptation that Satan brings around us.
Let’s take a look at what the scriptures have to say in regards to temptations.
- Matthew 4:1 – 10 (NLT)Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ “Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of the world and all their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’”
It is good to know that God treats us ALL the same. He is no respecter of persons. We ALL will experience tests, trials and temptations here on this earth. And as stated in this scripture God will allow or make a way a way out of the temptation.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Yes, because Jesus has gone through the same sufferings and testing as we are “he is able to help us when we are being tested.”
- Hebrews 4:15 – 16 (NLT) This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
- Hebrews 2:18 (NLT) Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.
We are to live a Godly, Holy and righteous life. We must be watchful and stay alert…stay away from anything that displeases God.
Yes, God WILL make a way but we must be WILLING to walk and act upon His guiding.
1 Peter 5:8 – 10 (NLT) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
Temptations can come in so many ways. What we say and the way we react can be displeasing to the Lord. This is made very clear in James.
- James 1:26 – 27 (NLT) If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Flirting and indulging in worldly things can become enticing and be tempting if you partake in worldly affairs.
Again, the Word of God has made it very clear…stay away from and DON’T become associated with worldly endeavors; deeds, activities, accomplishments or actions.
- James 4:4 – 10 (NLT) You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy? But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
We are to love God and the things that are Godly and Heavenly. When we please God we are guaranteed Eternal Life…a life with Him FOREVER!
- 1 John 2:15 – 17 (NLT) Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Are you tempted to be bitter? Temptation can come in the form of bitterness.
Again, the scriptures make it very clear, NOT TO be bitter towards anyone.
- Hebrews 12:14 – 15 (NLT) Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
Are you tempted to neglect public worship? It is important to Worship together…it encourages and uplifts other believers.
- Acts 2:42 – 47 (NLT) All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
- Hebrews 10:19 – 25 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
When we allow the scriptures to become part of us we will become the person God created us for. We will be a living testimony of who Jesus was and is today.
When our mind and hearts are kept focused on God’s Word and what Christ did for us by His death and resurrection; we CAN be assured that we WILL BE victorious over ALL TEMPTATIONS. We are not alone.
Let’s pray: Father God, Thank you for your Holy Spirit living inside of me…and His guidance in my life. My desire is to be like Jesus and follow His example…victorious over EVERY temptation! Thank you for your Word and your Spirit which guides and corrects me. AMEN.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,