Temptation

     The word temptation may mean a lot of things to different people. However, for the seasoned veteran of the cross, temptation is a certainty. The greater level of relationship with God, the greater level of anointing with God, the deeper level of intimacy with Him that you expect to experience, then the greater level of temptation you can expect to endure. Jesus was tempted in every way, in the same way you were and are tempted. The question most often asked is, “Where does temptation come from?”. We know it is not from God, but from one's own evil desires. Once conceived it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully grown, gives way to death. However, your temptation is also the proof of your salvation. The fact that you are being tempted is proof of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit in you, and He is convicting you. The solution to resisting temptation is to know the stages of sin - being ever so careful of strong desires and passions, though they themselves are not sin.

     Do you have a strong passion for the world and its desires? If so, then you will need to put your desires in check and monitor those desires sothat they do not give way to action or active involvement. Only then can you appreciate how Jesus was tempted greatly in the wilderness, for example, and yet did not sin. He confronted the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. His answer was clear. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Master these three truths, and your temptations will come under submission to the will of God.